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Establishing the RIE index: a review of the components critical to progress measurement

  • Riccardo Natoli
  • Segu Zuhair
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    Purpose – The main purpose of this paper is to propose a progress framework revolving around the utilisation of three key constructs: resources, infrastructure and environment (index). Design/methodology/approach – This paper utilises a composite indicator and an interdisciplinary approach to construct a comprehensive measure of progress. Findings – The findings reveal that the methodological approach employed above allows components that are vital to progress to be incorporated into a coherent framework. Research limitations/implications – The proposed progress framework could be applied to countries, or act as a foundation for future progress measures. It is also hoped to promote interdisciplinary research between schools. Originality/value – The paper proposes an alternative measure of progress for nations that has the capability to capture more aspects important to progress.

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    Article provided by Emerald Group Publishing in its journal International Journal of Social Economics.

    Volume (Year): 37 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 8 (July)
    Pages: 574-591

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    Handle: RePEc:eme:ijsepp:v:37:y:2010:i:8:p:574-591
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