In this working paper we examine the use of the World Wide Web by primary wood products exporters. The study discovered that respondents used the Web mostly for promotion activities. The study also found that currently, multilingual Web sites are not likely to be more successful in reaching their objectives than English-only Web sites.
The following articles are presented in this issue of the newsletter: Unified Efforts, Governor's Forest Products Industry Task Force, New Extension Service Employee, Accidents Rate: Are we Measuring the Wrong Thing?, Louisiana Forest Products Laboratory Conducts Marketing Study in Northwest Louisiana, Lumber Drying Workshop and Small Wood Products Business Workshop.
Articles include: Director’s Message, Storm Clean up?, Experts Say Forest Management Requires Environmental Component, CBIT works with LFPDC on Supply Chain Initiative and Web Site, Process Holds Promise For Recycling Pressure Treated Wood, Forest Products Economic Development Update, Mechanical Forest Fuel Reduction vs. Burn-Only, Tax Incentive Programs Offered for Louisiana Companies.
The following articles are presented in this issue: Director’s Message, Preliminary Investigation of Bio-composites Fabricated From Liquefied Wood/Phenol/Formaldehyde Co-condensation Resin, Nanoassembly on Recycled Fibers to Improve Resource Utilization, Using GPS to Document Skidder Motions, Unprecedented Economic Development Opportunities, Roy O. Martin Lumber Company and Martco Limited Partnership Experience With FSC Certification.
This issue contains: Director’s Message; Chitosan-metal Complex Helps Protect Engineered Wood Products; Louisiana Launches Forest Sector Economic Development Web Site; Input-Output Applications to Forest Product Sector Development; Forest Product Activities at Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry; LSU AgCenter Establishes Center; "Meet" our Graduate Students, Research Associates, Post-docs, and Visiting Students and Professors.
Articles in this issue include: Developing Termite-resistant Structural Wood-based Panels from Southern Wood Species, LSU School of Forestry Adopts New Name, Formosan Subterranean Termite-resistant Wood-based Materials Under Investigation, Marketing Program Helps Louisiana Producers, Accident Analysis Saves Lives in Logging Industry, Can Decommissioned CCA-Treated Wood Be Used for Structural Flakeboard?
Articles in this issue of the newsletter include: Director's Message, LFPDC Has First and Second Place Award Winners, Engineered Wood Composite Program on the Run, Wood Products Extension Programming, E-Commerce Opportunity for Wood Products, An Economic Opportunity for Reducing Forest Fuels, Vlosky to Lead UNECE Marketing Team, Treated Wood Research Series.
Articles in this issue of the newsletter include: FRA Gulf-States Forest Products International Trade Center (GULFPIC), Louisiana Style of Log Yard Profile, Studies on Oriented Strand Board, A Farewell Message to Dr. Rado Gazo.
In this study, we surveyed U.S. Extension professionals on their employment experiences and personal perceptions about scholarship and service. Further, we segmented the results by U.S. census region to identify similarities and differences between regions. Overall, respondents receive satisfaction more important than scholarship in their jobs.
The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between age and environmental perceptions. The context is environmental issues and “green certification” in the forest product industry. We conclude that most of the differences that are due to age and gender may be due to income and class or culture.
In this research, we studied how the paper industry makes use of E-commerce. We conclude that the paper industry is aware of the potential gains to be made by creating an effective supply chain management systems communicating through the Internet. E-commerce has provided new applications for use in the paper industry customer interface including e-marketplaces, EDI connections and papiNet.
This paper describes a model that examines how corporate culture impacts IT adoption. Future research will include testing the model in the forest products industrial sector in the United States.
This survey of loggers in Maine and in eight southern states, were conducted to gain additional information about the logging community and to provide a basis for validating the results of the Logging Capacity Study. This Logging Capacity Study is reasonably representative of the logging population except that it does not appear to be representative of those loggers who work fewer than 200 days per year. This study appears to be representative of 89% of the wood production in the South.
Over the past decade, the Ghana timber industry has experienced major changes that have subjected the industry to severe pressure regarding raw material availability and a struggle for efficient use of limited available timber. This research evaluates the impact of government interventions in the forest product trade and the marketing implications.
In this report we provide some statistical information on the nature and scope of occupational injuries in the logging industry in Louisiana from 1985 through 1998.The data presented in this report are based on reportable claims (fatality, a permanent disability, or a disability resulting in more than 7 lost calendar days) which were received by the Office of Workers' Compensation between 1985 and 1998 for employees covered under the Louisiana Workers' Compensation Act.
This study identifies Louisiana non-industrial private forest landowner attitudes toward forestry certification. The result of the studies identified that NIPF goals and objectives for their forestland are diverse. In the context of forest certification, initiatives are being developed by certifiers to accommodate the unique ownership characteristics of NIPFs.
In this research, we studied the implications of digital divide for African business development. We conclude that in order for the digital divide to be closed in Africa, the importance of the Internet and why it is needed has to win the hearts and minds of Africans.
In this research, we study the history of the various processes of harvesting, skidding and transportation practices used in the Cypress Swamps of the Southern United States.
In this paper, we discuss the results of Ready-To-Assemble (RTA) furniture market research which was conducted to better understand the current dynamics in this furniture sector. Within the furniture industry, the RTA furniture segment is a high growth segment which is likely to continue to outperform most other segments in the industry. We conclude that for individual manufacturers to succeed, quality, pricing and, above all, design has to be progressive and competitive.
The eBusiness revolution is impossible to ignore. It has transformed businesses in virtually every industry and reshaped the global economy. In this study, we research to further describe factors that influence the success of an extranet implementation in business.
In our previous study, the NIPF of Louisiana indicated that Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) would be most acceptable to them as a certifying agency. A key question remained, however: Is the approach currently utilized by the LDAF to implement Stewardship an equivalent surrogate for certification? This research attempts to answer that question by comparing the Louisiana Forest Stewardship Program with the guidelines of four sustainable forest management standards.
Successful Internet-based business practice adoption and implementation is contingent on a number of factors. In this paper, we examine the influence of corporate culture on Internet adoption. Although not all results were statistically significant, all were directionally as hypothesized with a high marketing orientation being more positively correlated to perceived Internet implementation effectiveness.
The forest sector is an important component of the economy of Ecuador. This paper discusses the current situation of the forest sector and a planning framework that can contribute to crafting national policies to promote a sustainable forest sector for Ecuador.
The objective of this study was to compare paper supplier and buyer perceptions regarding using eIntermediaries to conduct business. Results indicate that paper buyer and supplier respondent attitudes and expectations regarding the use of eIntermediaries do not differ significantly. In addition, neither group has a strong desire to use eIntermediaries.
In this study, we research US imports of tropical hardwood. The results indicate that the U.S. imports 161 different species of tropical hardwoods, 20 percent from Africa, 43 percent from Asia, and 37 percent from Latin America. However, importers are often resistant to market new tropical wood species as it is difficult to introduce new species that compete with species currently accepted in the market.
The findings of this research indicate that a reduction in air-dried lumber production in Ghana was significantly and negatively related to imposition of the air-dry levy but had no significant relationship with raw material levels. It was further observed that products that are processed further downstream, including rotary and plywood, could not be significantly affected by the strategies.
In this study, we investigate four dimensions of customer interface IICT adoption. Our findings indicate that customer interface IICT adoption can improve information sharing with customers, reduce operational inefficiencies along the value chain, enhance the competitive position in the market, and deepen customer relationships. Business impacts were perceived to be positive across all tested constructs.
This paper empirically tests a theoretical model that makes the connection between organizational resources and capabilities and successful IICT adoption. Results suggest that, in addition to a robust information technology (IT) infrastructure, investment in organizational change management, the ability to sense changes in the technology environment, development of managerial IT knowledge, and a culture of freely shared internal information are key to a company's IICT development.
Certified forests may be the next trend in lumber marketing, but non-industrial, private forest landowners generally are unwilling to foot the bill, according to a recent study.
Articles in this issue include: A Call For Action For Louisiana Forest Products Industry Develoment, Opportunity for Horizontal Diversification in Manufacturing Value-Added Wood Products, Studies on Warping Behavior of Overlaid Particleboards.