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Università della Svizzera italiana

Learning from the Swiss corporate governance exception

Vatiero, Massimiliano

The Swiss economy represents an exception to the legal origin theory (e.g., Roe (2006)). Although Switzerland is a country belonging to the civil law family, many of its public companies have diffused corporate ownership, as do those in common law countries. This paper maintains that the Swiss exception relies on the complementarity between corporate ownership and policies addressing...

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Symbiotic interaction between humans and robot swarms

Nagi, Jawad ; Gambardella, Luca Maria (Dir.) ; Di Caro, Gianni (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2016 ; 2016INFO003.

Comprising of a potentially large team of autonomous cooperative robots locally interacting and communicating with each other, robot swarms provide a natural diversity of parallel and distributed functionalities, high flexibility, potential for redundancy, and fault-tolerance. The use of autonomous mobile robots is expected to increase in the future and swarm robotic systems are envisioned to...

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“Reality is in the air” : concept of perceived augmentation and exploration of its impact on consumer experience

Javornik, Ana ; Mandelli, Andreina (Dir.) ; Snehota, Ivan (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2016 ; 2016COM006.

Augmented reality (AR) technology is becoming increasingly used in marketing as a tool for enhancing consumer experience. Developed and defined in the fields of computer science and human-computer interaction, AR technology simulates an overlay of virtual annotations in the physical environment and interacts with it in real- time (Azuma et al., 2001). Some popular examples of AR include...

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Conditioning the information in asset pricing

Sala, Carlo ; Barone-Adesi, Giovanni (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2016 ; 2016ECO003.

This thesis analyzes different theoretical and empirical aspects related to the use of the information in asset pricing. As a main innovation I extend the asset pricing literature proposing a new highly flexible technique for the estimation of the markets subjective distribution of future returns. Applying this technique to different problems I answer to some long-lasting puzzles present in...

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"Media in China" : la storia e i modelli di produzione e diffusione dell’animazione in Cina

De Masi, VIncenzo ; Richeri, Giuseppe (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2015 ; 2015COM010.

During the last decade China has experienced a moment of great commercial expansion into international markets. In this context of constant growth there are also the creative industries and in particular the animation sector that has significantly evolved over the years. The Chinese animation industry is able to produce contents for both the domestic and abroad market for job orders coming ...

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Gifts, emotions and cognitive processes : an inquiry of gift receiving from a consumer psychology perspective

Marta, Pizzetti ; Gibbert, Michael (Dir.) ; Seele, Peter (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2016 ; 2016COM004.

Gift exchange is a universal, social, cultural, and economic phenomenon. Over the past 90 years, it has fascinated scholars from different disciplines within the social sciences thanks to its diffusion across societies and centuries. Since Marcel Mauss' foundational paper (1925), scholars have agreed on the social integrative function of gifts, which are tools to build and maintain...

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Rigorous, transparent, and eye-catching : exploring the universalistic parameters of impactful theory building in management

Lakshmi, Balachandran Nair ; Gibbert, Michael (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2016 ; 2016COM002.

In the management discipline, scholarly impact is most commonly measured using a researcher perspective, by counting the number of times a particular article is mentioned in the references section of other articles (Aguinis, Shapiro, Antonacopoulou, and Cummings, 2014). This approach conceptualizes scholarly impact using a measurable indicator, the citation count an article receives. Several...

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The role of culture in long-term care

Gentili, Elena ; Masiero, Giuliano ; Mazzonna, Fabrizio

The aim of this paper is to assess the role of culture in shaping individual preferences to- wards different long-term care (LTC) arrangements. The analysis uses Swiss data from two administrative databases covering the universe of formal LTC providers between 2007 and 2013. Switzerland is a multi-cultural confederation where state administrative borders do not always coincide with cultural...

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Dynamic data flow testing

Vivanti, Mattia ; Pezzè, Mauro (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2016 ; 2016INFO001.

Data flow testing is a particular form of testing that identifies data flow relations as test objectives. Data flow testing has recently attracted new interest in the context of testing object oriented systems, since data flow information is well suited to capture relations among the object states, and can thus provide useful information for testing method interactions. Unfortunately, classic...

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Latent factor models for large and mixed-frequency data in finance and macroeconomics

Rubin, Mirco ; Gagliardini, Patrick (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2016 ; 2016ECO002.

My thesis considers new latent factor models, and their estimation methodologies, suitable for settings relatively unexplored in the econometric literature as (i) a nonlinear model for the joint dynamics of a large cross-sectional distribution of asset returns, and the persistence of the ranks of the individuals inside it; (ii) approximate linear latent factor models for large panels of...