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Credibility in CSR communication : concepts, methods, analyses

Lock, Irina ; Seele, Peter (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2015 ; 2015COM006.

In globalized markets, norms for legitimate behavior are scattered and businesses must satisfy often conflicting demands of various stakeholders simultaneously. This is why communicating their Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) in a legitimate way is challenging. The present is also a high time for a debate of CSR issues and an era of public scrutiny and mistrust, catalyzed by real-time...

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Linking health literacy and health disparities : conceptual implications and empirical results

Sarah, Mantwill ; Schulz, Peter (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2015 ; COM2015004.

Health literacy, defined as “(…) the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” (IOM, 2004), has been found to be an important concept in explaining differences in health. Limited health literacy has been linked, amongst others, to worse general health (Wolf,...

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Essays in empirical finance

Parise, Gianpaolo ; Franzoni, Francesco (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2015 ; 2015ECO006.

This thesis contains three essays on the role of incentives in financial decisions. The first essay documents how airlines financial choices are affected by the threat of future competition. The second essay explores the role of cross-trading in mutual fund families. The third essay shows the effect of stock undepricing on innovation spending.

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Structural and managerial cost differences in nonprofit nursing homes

Di Giorgio, Laura ; Filippini, Massimo ; Masiero, Giuliano

In: Economic Modelling, 2015, vol. 51, p. 289-298

Population aging is challenging governments to find new solutions to finance the increasing demand for nursing home care and slow down the increase in expenditures. In this light, many European countries are currently considering reforms to increase efficiency in the provision of nursing home services. One popular restructuring policy is the transformation of public organizations into private...

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High-level services for networks-on-chip

Fiorin, Leandro ; Sami, Mariagiovanna (Dir.) ; Silvano, Cristina (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2012 ; 2012INFO010.

Future technology trends envision that next-generation Multiprocessors Systems-on- Chip (MPSoCs) will be composed of a combination of a large number of processing and storage elements interconnected by complex communication architectures. Communication and interconnection between these basic blocks play a role of crucial importance when the number of these elements increases. Enabling reliable...

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Justifying age thresholds for mammographic screening: an application of pragma-dialectical argumentation theory

Schulz, Peter J. ; Meuffels, Bert

In: Health Communication, 2012, vol. 2, no. 2012, p. 167-178

Information campaigns on breast cancer screening in the Netherlands need to convince women above 50 years of age to have biannual mammography, and women below 50 years of age that regular mammograms are not recommended for them. This article reports the results of two experiments in which the construction of the persuasive messages was informed by argumentation-theoretical insights. No...

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The parallel event loop model and runtime : a parallel programming model and runtime system for safe event-based parallel programming

Bonetta, Daniele ; Pautasso, Cesare (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2014 ; 2014INFO017.

Recent trends in programming models for server-side development have shown an increasing popularity of event-based single- threaded programming models based on the combination of dynamic languages such as JavaScript and event-based runtime systems for asynchronous I/O management such as Node.JS. Reasons for the success of such models are the simplicity of the single-threaded event-based...

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Exploring and experimenting cooperative design

Salomão, David ; Cantoni, Lorenzo

In: Lecture notes in computer science Volume 9186, 2015, pp 149-156, 2015, vol. 9186, p. 149-156

This paper describes a community co-design approach performed in rural Mozambique. It discusses the experiences and experiments performed in a community multimedia center towards creating services with inherent values for daily community activities. The design approach pursues a holistic interpretation of community needs, and discusses emerging, new and creative applications for future community...

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Voronoi diagrams in the max-norm : algorithms, implementation, and applications

Dey, Sandeep Kumar ; Papadopoulou, Evanthia (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2015 ; 2015INFO007.

Voronoi diagrams and their numerous variants are well-established objects in computational geometry. They have proven to be extremely useful to tackle geometric problems in various domains such as VLSI CAD, Computer Graphics, Pattern Recognition, Information Retrieval, etc. In this dissertation, we study generalized Voronoi diagram of line segments as motivated by applications in VLSI Computer...

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If you don’t snooze you lose health and gain weight : evidence from a regression discontinuity design

Giuntella, Osea ; Mazzonna, Fabrizio

Sleep deprivation is increasingly recognized as a public health challenge. While several studies provided evidence of important associations between sleep deprivation and health outcomes, it is less clear whether sleep deprivation is a cause or a marker of poor health. This paper studies the causal effects of sleep on health status and obesity exploiting the relationship between sunset light and...