RESEARCH

Finding answers to relevant questions

Faculty at FLAME University enjoys enormous opportunities and avenues for cutting-edge research in their respective areas of specialization strengthening the vision, awareness and synergy of the inter-disciplinary approach of education.

Excellence achieved through this research, in turn, creates new learning and further enriches the diversity of knowledge by synthesizing and integrating insights from a range of disciplines. This unique academic cooperation between multiple disciplines does transcend the boundaries of disciplines, and results in an insightful and consequential research output. This process of creating synergy between excellence and diversity - a dynamic motion that advances academic learning through constant interconnectivity - is the basic driving force that refines education and research at the University.

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Leadership has been a topic of great interest for researchers, business people, educators, and government officials alike over the years. Leadership as a theoretical construct has undergone a great deal of changes as a result of changes such as modernization, globalization and most recently digitalization. Taking into account the various changes that the internet and cloud computing has introduced in the organizational systems and processes across the globe, it is prudent to understand the relationship between leadership and digitalization to foresee how leaders should prepare themselves to cater to the challenges of the future. Leadership is indeed an ever-evolving concept, and so is technology; of which digitalization is an outcome. Most inquiries about such a relation are being well executed by the western cultures. Exploring the relationship between leadership and digitalization in the eastern cultures, especially India becomes more significant; as the technology is booming and drastically changing how daily activities are carried out as an influence of digitalization. With over 40% of the Indian population subscribed to the internet, and through the efforts made by the public and private sectors, India is on the way to being a technologically advanced country. India is also the largest base of digital consumers. Leaders struggle to lead in such challenging situations; which are becoming more volatile. It is imperative to examine what capacities, abilities and competencies leaders already have and what they need to further improve upon, in order to lead effectively in the digital world. To examine the overall context of Indian traditional leadership, leader–member exchange is seen to be a relevant theory. At last, challenges and gaps are discussed and the notion of “creative personality” is recommended for Indian leaders to cater to the digital changes.

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This chapter aims to delineate and trace the development of China’s “Great Overseas Propaganda” strategy in the context of the BRI. It suggests that the CPC’s propaganda campaign has evolved and become more intricate and indirect with the Party in the background. To increase China’s visibility, the CPC has used multipronged ways, including acquisition of and collaboration with foreign media (especially, media entities in BRI countries); increasing appearance via internet-based media and reliance on Chinese social media platforms to indirectly spread propaganda and create positive images of China. The “Grand Overseas Propaganda” strategy and BRI are mutually supporting: while infrastructure diplomacy creates the demand for positive news of China either domestically or in the host countries, by “telling a good story about China”, “Grand Overseas Propaganda” also facilitates China’s infrastructure export to other countries.

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Background: As chronic illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), place an increased burden on health-care systems, the ability of individuals to self-manage these diseases is crucial. Objective: To identify and synthesize the lived experience of self-management described by adults living with RA. Design: A systematic search of five electronic databases (MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE, PsycINFO and ASSIA) was undertaken to identify relevant studies. Data were extracted and quality-assessed using CASP guidelines. A meta-synthesis was conducted based on Thomas and Harden's thematic synthesis approach. Results: The search identified 8423 publications. After removing duplicates, 6527 records remained of which 32 studies met the inclusion criteria. Quality of studies was moderate to high, yet a considerable lack of reflection on researcher bias was evident. Our analysis identified 28 dimensions of self-management RA across six domains: (a) cognitive-emotional, (b) behavioural, (c) social, (d) environmental, (e) physical and (f) technological. Cognitive-emotional experiences dominated the analysis. Renegotiating ‘the self’ (self-concept, self-esteem, self-efficacy) was a key focus of self-management among individuals with RA. Conclusion: Our findings highlight the focus of ‘the self’ as a central concern in the self-management of RA. Standardized self-management programmes may primarily focus on disease management and daily functioning. However, we suggest that personal biographies and circumstances should move to the fore of self-management support. Registration: PROSPERO International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews 2018: CRD42018100450. Patient or Public Contribution: Patient and public involvement was not explicit in this review. However, three authors provided a patient perspective on the self-management of arthritis and autoimmune disease.

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The term climate change is often bandied about to refer to changing weather patterns, but such usage of the term is shorn of the nuanced and technical meaning it is endowed with. A comprehensive definition of climate change incorporates a host of related technical aspects. On the other hand, India, like other developing nations, bears the brunt of changing weather patterns more than the developed economies.

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The focus of this paper is to reviews contemporary studies in entrepreneurship literature related to innovation management (IM), stakeholder engagement (SE), and entrepreneurial development (ED), using bibliometric techniques and longitudinal statistical analysis of 1059 articles published in the Journal of Business Research (JBR) and other relevant business and management journals indexed in Scopus from 1974 untill July 2020. We have employed a structured literature review and meta-analysis to explore the emerging research patterns in prospective observational studies encompassing the field of ED, SE, and IM. Our findings suggest that it may be worthwhile to mention that dynamics of the interaction of SE, IM, and ED are shaping the scholarship of academic research in entrepreneurship. Our meta-analysi-s reaffirms that contemporary research conducted at the intersection of SE, IM, and ED is indicatesive of the consolidation of these tenets in future research in entrepreneurship leading to an integrative view. Following our meta-analysisinally, we have presented future research directions at the intersection of SE, IM, and ED for entrepreneurship research.

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Studies of bibliographic data suggest a strong correlation between the growth of citation networks and their corresponding co-authorship networks. We explore the interdependence between evolving citation and co-authorship networks focused on the publications, by Indian authors, in American Physical Society journals between 1970 and 2013. We record interactions between each possible pair of authors in two ways: first, by tracing the change in citations, they exchanged and, second, by tracing the shortest path between authors in the co-authorship network. We create these data for every year of the period of our analysis. We use probability methods to quantify the correlation between citations and shortest paths, and the effect on the dynamics of the citation-co-authorship system. We find that author pairs who have a co-authorship distance d ≤ 3 significantly affect each other’s citations, but that this effect falls off rapidly for longer distances in the co-authorship network. The exchange of citation between pairs with d = 1 exhibits a sudden increase at the time of first co-authorship events and decays thereafter, indicating an ageing effect in collaboration. This behaviour suggests that the dynamics of the co-authorship network appear to be driving those of the citation network rather than vice versa. Moreover, the majority of citations received by most authors are due to reciprocal citations from current, or past, coauthors. We conclude that, in order to answer questions on the nature and dynamics of scientific collaboration, it is necessary to study both co-authorship and citation network simultaneously

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As businesses are coming to terms with the challenges derived from the Covid-19 crisis, they are realizing the need to do more for and with their local communities than being co-located or having business relationships. Business leaders are learning that engaging with local communities can be helpful in steering their business through crises and helping to prepare for the future. The central idea of this article is that businesses can learn from universities about engaging with local communities. It outlines five key lessons, illustrating them with examples and relating them to key concepts and perspectives from the literature. The emphasis in these lessons is on their potential to make businesses self-reliant, socially responsible and resilient. As businesses look for lessons, frameworks and best practices for engaging with their communities during and after a significant crisis, these five lessons from universities can point them toward new directions that would be hard to find within the business community. The lessons can be used by business leaders to design initiatives and implement policies and practices for engaging with their local communities in ways that are mutually beneficial and promote long-term sustainability.

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This study assesses the depth of tubewell and the associated concentration of arsenic (As) in drinking water within the arsenic-affected regions in Bihar, India. A survey of 935 tubewell from two As-contaminated blocks in Bihar were conducted to collect and test the water samples. The results demonstrate that As concentration is mainly found in shallow tubewells (14–49 m deep), which is the main source of drinking water in the region in deep tubewells (>49 m deep), have arsenic concentration < 50 μg/L. The analytical results by field test kits (FTK) revealed that the levels of As in around 61% of the drinking water sources were above 10 μg/L, 20.8% samples contained arsenic 51-<100 μg/L, 16.9% contained 101-<300 μg/L, and 5.03% of the samples contained arsenic between 300 and 500 μg/L. Iron test results showed that around 74.4% of the samples contained iron at more than the prescribed 500 μg/L level of WHO. The study also revealed a general lack of awareness about the drinking water contamination and its associated health impacts. Therefore, awareness through various channels among the affected stakeholders will be helpful for the households to change their water sources (Saha et al., 2018, 2019).