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International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation (4 papers in press)

 

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  • How innovation in life insurance is reshaping the global insurance market - The case of the Republic of Macedonia   Order a copy of this article
    by Branka Denkova 
    Abstract: Innovation through new technologies are key elements of change in the financial sector and this has led to major efficiency gains, even though these changes can be accompanied by uncertainty. Life insurance is not an exception to this. With developments in technology and new ways of service provision, these technologies are enabling the creation of new insurance products, services, and business models. Innovation through technology provides opportunities for traditional insurers to transform themselves and it also forces them to compete with well-founded companies that are beginning to reinvent themselves by providing new services and lowering the costs. Based on a social representation, this study pre-sents consumers attitudes towards innovation in life insurance. Results suggest that there is low interest for respondents to engage with new sources of innovation and experimentation. Consequently, this should trigger insurance companies in the Republic of Macedonia to improve their performance in terms of incorporating new sources of innovation by focusing on the positive experience of the developed countries where innovation in life insurance is generally accepted
    Keywords: innovation; life insurance; global insurance market; technology; internet; mobile; trust; consumers; market; attitudes; purchasing online; agent.

  • A Practical Approach to Critical Thinking among EFL Learners   Order a copy of this article
    by Valeria Thomson, Mercy Rani Yedidi 
    Abstract: There is no dispute among academicians when it is stated that critical thinking is an important study skill of the 21st century. It goes without saying that critical thinking has been playing a significant role in learning for the last few years but, the pertinent question is Are learners serious and focused in developing the skill during the learning process? At the same time, teachers and lecturers as well are not so successful in developing the skill of analysis and evaluation among learners before they form opinions. We fail to see critical thinking skills among students even at the higher level of education. Bearing in mind these scenarios, this presentation aims to identify the need for integrating critical thinking into English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching in the General Foundation Programme (GFP) and to provide an insight for teachers to design and use learning strategies to inculcate the skill of thinking out of the box among learners. The study attempts to explore different strategies which enhance critical thinking among learners.
    Keywords: Critical thinking; strategy use; metacognitive skills.

  • CONCEPTUALISATION OF TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION IN TRADE FACILITATION: A THEORETICAL IMPLICATION FOR DEVELOPING ECONOMIES   Order a copy of this article
    by Desmond Bugbilla, Hod Anyigba 
    Abstract: The goal of this paper is to contribute to the on-going discussion on how technological innovation and transfer promote economic growth. The paper focuses on how technological innovation and transfer affect trade facilitation and its prospect for economic growth and revenue mobilisation in developing economies. Literature were reviewed on the concepts technology, innovation and trade facilitation to indicate that organisational or national economic competence are the most important determinants of technological innovation adoption and utilisation. The study concludes that improvement of the concepts of technology, innovation and trade facilitation depend on understanding how the various actors are linked together in technological innovation and trade facilitation.
    Keywords: Technology transfer; technological innovation; innovation systems; innovation adoption; technology adoption; economic growth; technology acceptance; innovation; technology; trade facilitation; technological economy.

  • The human factor in innovation: implications for policies and practices   Order a copy of this article
    by Valentina Patrini, Stavroula Demetriades 
    Abstract: This article analyses innovation support measures that aim towards or have the potential of strengthening companies structural (HR and work organisation-specific) or cultural characteristics, employee involvement, performance and well-being in the workplace innovation context. It examines how non-technological aspects of innovation are addressed in policy making, particularly through the provision of innovation support. The article combines an analysis of evaluation evidence of innovation policy measures in ten European countries with an examination of the contribution certain workplace practices have on innovation, based on quantitative analysis (European Company Survey 2013). A key finding of this work is that policy support measures at national (or regional) level tend to focus on technological innovation but neglect non-technological innovation.
    Keywords: public support; human dimension of innovation; HRM; European Company Survey.