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Three essays on problem-solving in collaborative open productions

Tonellato, Marco ; Lomi, Alessandro (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2014 ; 2014ECO010.

The term “open production” is frequently used to describe production systems that rely on volunteer participants who are willing to participate, produce, and bear private costs in order to provide a public good. Examples of open production are becoming increasingly common in many industries. What make these productions possible? How may they be sustained in a world of organizations in which...

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The effects of connectivity and culture on foreign direct investment decisions : empirical evidence from the international electricity industry

Wang, Lei ; Lomi, Alessandro (Dir.) ; Larsen, Erik (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2011 ; 2011ECO008.

With the significant growth in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the past two decades, both investment managers and policy makers are keen to know the factors determining the location of FDI. The eclectic theory, while being the most popular and dominant theories in international investment, failed to fully capture the behavioral dynamics of international investment. For instance, FDI location...

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Organizational antecedents of population-level organizational diversity : Exploring the micro-foundations of resource partitioning theory : a simulation approach

Pagani, Giuseppe ; Lomi, Alessandro (Dir.) ; Larsen, Erik Raimer (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2008 ; 2008ECO003.

"Why are there so many kinds of organizations?" (Hannan and Freeman, 1977: 936). As Astley (1985) suggests, "[t]his question focuses inquiry on organizational diversity, the differentiation of organizations into varying population types" (p. 224). Out of the different literature streams, which have addressed the topic of organizational diversity, an effective explanation of the dynamics...