DBS Business Review Journal - Vol 2, (2018)

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    Editorial
    (DBS Library Press, 2018) Morgan, Alan; O’Neill, Marie
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    Business Intelligence as a Source of Competitive Advantage in SMEs: A Systematic Review
    (DBS Library Press, 2018) English, Vincent
    Competitive advantage is the ‘Holy Grail’ in strategic management theory. What makes a company more successful than its rivals has dominated scholarship in this area for more than 20 years. There have been two main theories proposed to attempt to identify the important resources and capabilities that configure to build competitive advantage; the Resource-based View and Dynamic Capability View. There is a growing literature stream in the area of Business Intelligence (BI) and Big Data Analytics with regard to both the computer technology and business management constructs. However, the literature is silent of the affordances of BI for Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and so a significant gap in the literature remains. This discussion aims to signal the need to fill that gap and to build awareness of BI as a potentially significant contributor to sustained competitive advantage in SMEs underpinned by the iniquitousness of cloud applications previously the domain of Multinational Corporations.
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    Measuring Social and Psychological Outcomes from Activation Labour Market Programmes in Higher Education: A Pilot Study
    (DBS Library Press, 2018) Long Hogarty, Vanessa; Mc Guckin, Conor
    Following the 2008 recession, Ireland experienced unemployment rates as high as 15% (McGuinness, O’Connell and Kelly, 2014). Policy responses have been through the introduction of upskilling and reskilling through activation labour market policies (ALMPs) in the higher education sector (Department of Education and Skills, 2015). The evidence to date regarding the efficacy of such interventions (e.g., Springboard+) has been concerned with blunt measurements of progression rates, labour market entry, and earnings. The present study explored social capital and social well-being among a sample of 101 participants of Springboard+ programmes at one higher education provider in Dublin. The primary objective of the pilot study is to create and test a research method informed by well validated indicators to inform a larger national study.
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    Faking Good and Personality Assessments of Job applicants: A Review of the Literature
    (DBS Library Press, 2018) Fahey, Gerry
    High stakes selection contexts often drive the provision of socially desirable responses from job applicants. This can take the form of ‘faking good’ and can lead to inaccurate personality assessments. This article reviews the extant research on the extent to which faking good occurs, the psychological factors that may lead to faking good by job applicants, and how faking good is measured. In particular, the review considers the role of moral hypocrisy in this regard and considers how it can be minimised.
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    An Investigation of the Differences that Exist between Generations in Relation to Supporting Dark Tourism in Northern Ireland
    (DBS Library Press, 2018) Simone-Charteris, Maria T.; Kirkpatrick, Jade; McLaughlin, Christopher
    In dark tourism research there is a scarcity of literature that discusses Northern Ireland as a dark tourism destination. This research study was undertaken to investigate the difference in the level of support for dark tourism in Northern Ireland between the generations who lived through the Troubles and those who heard about them. This study employed a qualitative research method based on the completion of focus groups consisting of Protestants and Catholics from different generations. This allowed the authors to gather the views of different Northern Ireland residents' groups. The research found that the views of the younger generation (aged 18-35) and the middle-aged generation (36-55) are similar. These generations believe that the Troubles should be utilised for the purpose of dark tourism as this will benefit Northern Ireland financially and socially. In contrast, the older generation (aged 56- 75+) believes that the Troubles are too recent to be exploited for dark tourism development. This is in line with the literature on the topic that was consulted as part of this research.