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RESEARCH PAPERS

The Effects of Hosting Events on Destination Branding: Dubai Expo 2020

Background – This paper evaluates the effects of events on the destination brand of Dubai as it prepares to host the Expo 2020. Destination branding assists in understanding the city's strong andquot;assetsandquot; and their impact on the upcoming Expo.

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Factors, Affecting Students' Decision to Enroll in a University

 Background – Globally, Higher Education Providers are seeking new ways of increasing student recruitment and diversify economic growth. The market in Dubai for higher education is very competitive originating andquot;excess educational supply.andquot; In the case of Dubai, the factors which students consider may vary due to a diverse background of the students and a wide selection of study options.

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The impact of Simulation Games on Learning in Higher Education: An Overview

Background: Learning is a lifelong process that is meant to learn concepts and skills, and eventually the ability to apply what the learners learn to live outside classrooms (Aggarwal & Goodell, 2015). However, there has always been a debate regarding the right method of teaching that will ensure the right type of learning for the learners and will equip them with modern day tools to solve problems.

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Challenges of Using Sustainable Solutions in Paper Manufacturing Firm: A Case Study

Background and Purpose of research:

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Motivation and Drivers for Sustainable Enterprise: Cases Studies from the United Arab Emirates

The goal of sustainable development, succinctly stated, is meeting the needs of current generation without jeopardizing the prospects of future generations meeting their needs. Discussions at an international level have been ongoing for more than three decades, but agreement over the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 represents, perhaps, the most coordinated effort to date (United Nations, 2015; Geissdoerfer, 2018). The role of business in the achievement of the SDGs is very significant. Many new socially and environmentally responsible business models are emerging, and there is pressure for the existing organisations to change their business models in order to become sustainable (Boons and Lüdeke-Freund, 2013; Bocken et al, 2014). However, the need for success stories, especially in the developing business environment, is a key enabler in order for others to understand the motivations for change and the defining characteristics of sustainable enterprise (Dentchev et al, 2016).

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Why Innovation in Sustainability Reporting is Not Encouraging Sustainable Development

This purpose of this paper is to highlight the current state-of-the-art in corporate sustainability reporting practices with reference to two case studies; namely, Coca-Cola and Neste Oil. The choice of these two organizations is deliberate in that they have multiple key stakeholder groups directly and indirectly affected by their operations; a wide range of positive and negative impacts they should be disclosing (including the disclosure of the boundaries of these impacts); and they have different purposes and uses for their sustainability reports. Both companies also ranked in the ‘2018 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’ (Corporate Knights, 2018).

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Technology and Innovation for Sustainability: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Crowdfunding Platforms for Social Impact Investment

The purpose of this paper is to compare the effectiveness and function of social impact investment (SII) platforms that focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7; viz. to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

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How Sustainable are the World’s Most Sustainable Companies? A Critique of the Environmental Impact of Unilever and Nestlé, and their Approaches to Sustainability Reporting

In 2015, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) gave way to the Sustainable Development (SDGs) and, in the same year, 196 states around the world reached a consensus on climate change policy in the shape of the Paris Agreement. If a commitment to sustainable development was not on the corporate agenda previously, there is little excuse following these milestone events. Even the most recalcitrant of corporates now feel the pressure to be seen as ‘clean and green’ if – for no other reason – they want to reduce the risks associated with reputational damage should an episode of poor environment performance go viral on social media. The key question that remains, however, is the speed at which companies need to restructure their operations in order that these global sustainability-related goals are realised, and environmental catastrophe is avoided.

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Scaling-up the Adoption of Micro-grids in India through Social Impact Investment: Obstacles and Opportunities

Access to reliable and affordable electricity has been linked to many social benefits including increased income, improved health, and educational attainment. About 1.3 billion people in the world, primarily in South-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, still lack a connection to electricity. In developing countries like India, a dearth of electricity in rural communities puts stress on an already strained urban infrastructure, due to increased rural to urban migration. This problem is widely acknowledged and identified as such in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Especially relevant is SDG 7 that focuses on access to affordable and clean energy.

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Using Social Impact Bonds to Finance the Sustainable Development Goals in the Developing World: What Role for Government?

Many governments around the world are experiencing major fiscal problems with global debt reaching an all-time high of USD247 trillion (IIF, 2018). With US interest rates starting to rise and global growth losing momentum, worries over credit risk are on the increase even in relation to developed countries. This trend makes it much harder for countries to pay off debts or respond to any upcoming recessions or financial crises. It also makes it difficult for governments to address socio-economic challenges, which are also on the rise.

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