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Università della Svizzera italiana

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...

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On the (political) origin of "corporate governance" species

Vatiero, Massimiliano

In: Journal of Economic Surveys

Although economies, business practices, and living standards have converged since WWII, corporate structures continue to differ among the advanced economies of the world. Looking at the diversity of corporate structures of large-sized firms around the world (and over time) would fascinate Charles Darwin. This work develops a critical review of the literature on political determinants of...

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Essays on the organizational consequences of on-line behavior of audiences

Johnson, Rebeka ; Kovács, Balázs (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2015 ; 2015ECO009.

Over the past 2 decades, internet use has become increasingly more a part of our every-day lives. We communicate with our friends and colleagues using the internet, we work using the internet, we also shop using the internet. We learn and increase our knowledge from information available on the internet. While on the one hand, we advance from the instant access to online contexts...

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SLS: Smart localization service : human mobility models and machine learning enhancements for mobile phone’s localization

Papandrea, Michela ; Langheinrich, Marc (Dir.) ; Giordano, Silvia (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2015 ; 2015INFO014.

In recent years we are witnessing a noticeable increment in the usage of new generation smartphones, as well as the growth of mobile application development. Today, there is an app for almost everything we need. We are surrounded by a huge number of proactive applications, which automatically provide relevant information and services when and where we need them. This switch from the previous ...

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Automated incremental software verification

Fedyukovich, Grigory ; Sharygina, Natasha (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2015 ; 2015INFO013.

Software continuously evolves to meet rapidly changing human needs. Each evolved transformation of a program is expected to preserve important correctness and security properties. Aiming to assure program correctness after a change, formal verification techniques, such as Software Model Checking, have recently benefited from fully automated solutions based on symbolic reasoning and...

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Persistent and transient productive inefficiency in a regulated industry : electricity distribution in New Zealand

Filippini, Massimo ; Greene, William H. ; Masiero, Giuliano

The productive efficiency of a firm can be decomposed into two parts, one persistent and one transient. So far, most of the cost efficiency studies estimated frontier models that provide either the transient or the persistent part of productive efficiency. This distinction seems to be appealing also for regulators. During the last decades, public utilities such as water and electricity have...

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Corporate mobility : Impacts on life domains and implications for work-life balance of international business travelers and expatriates

Tretyakevich, Natalia ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2016 ; 2016ECO001.

In my dissertation I aim to explore the impacts of work-related mobility on job, family life and personal well-being of the travelling employees. To do so, three studies have been conducted with the purpose to investigate business travel behavioral patterns and impacts of work-related mobility on various life domains of the three segments, namely frequent corporate business travelers,...