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Designing dialogue : argumentation as conflict management in social interaction

Greco, Sara

In: Revue Tranel, 2018, vol. 68, p. 7-15

The escalation of disagreement into overt conflict in social interaction can be avoided, if disagreement is managed through argumentative dialogue. This paper explores the characteristics of argumentative dialogue and presents the role of third parties who design spaces for others' dialogue. After discussing the prototypical example of dispute mediators, this contribution considers other...

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Social dimensions of public large-scale wi-fi networks : the cases of a municipal and a community wireless network

Picco-Schwendener, Anna ; Cantoni, Lorenzo (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018COM011.

Wireless networks play an increasingly important role in today’s mobile and interconnected society. People use mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets or portable game consoles on a regular basis to interact, retrieve and share information, and to orient and entertain themselves. However, in order to be fully performant these devices need to be connected to the Internet. Thanks to very...

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Derivative securities in risk management and asset pricing

Legnazzi, Chiara ; Barone-Adesi, Giovanni (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO009.

The high informational content and the ease of accessibility are among the most attractive features which make derivative securities particularly useful in financial applications. With a special focus on risk management and asset pricing, I present several methodologies which involve the use of option and futures data in the estimation process. This doctoral thesis consists of three chapters....

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The semiotics of migrants’ food : between codes and experience

Greco, Sara

In: Semiotica, 2016, no. 211, p. 59–80

This paper sets out to analyze cultural semiotics of migrants’ food and culinary practices. Moving from the perspective of the Tartu school of semiotics, which views culture both as a grammar (a set of codes) and as a set of texts, food can be characterized as a specific cultural element where grammar and text (code and experience) are woven together. International migrants live one or more...

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The importance of geographical proximity : Evidence on the concentration of firms, culture and political ideologies

Mantegazzi, Daniele ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO008.

This dissertation proposes three empirical essays focusing on the importance of geographical concentrations along various dimensions in regional economics, dealing with topics regarding agglomeration spillovers, firm performance, culture and soft institutions as well as the geographical concentration of political ideologies. The first chapter aims at empirically verifying whether agglomeration...

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Positional goods and legal orderings

Pagano, Ugo ; Vatiero, Massimiliano

In: Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

People consume because others consume, maintained Veblen in 1899. More recently, theoretical, empirical and experimental articles have argued that people constantly compare themselves to their environments and care greatly about their relative positions. Given that competition for positions may produce social costs, we adopt a Law and Economics approach (i) to suggest legal remedies for...

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Move people or move the plant? : Business travel and relocation choices of firms

Rossi, Federica ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO007.

This dissertation proposes three empirical essays on firms’ location-related behaviour, focusing on two strategic issues: business travel plans and relocation choices. The first chapter studies the potential impact on business travel of the future high-speed railway line project, called AlpTransit, which in the meantime links Lugano, the small economic hub of the southern part of...

Accès public à partir du 3 août 2019
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Journalists arguing newsmaking decisions on the basis of anticipated audience uptake : a study of argumentation in the newsroom

Luciani, Margherita ; Rocci, Andrea (Dir.) ; Perrin, Daniel (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018COM006.

This thesis sets out to explore journalists’ anticipatory reasoning on audience uptake, i.e. on the ways in which the audience will react to news. In order to reach this goal, I conduct an argumentative analysis of various types of newsroom activities. The analysis sheds light on journalists’ reasoning processes concerning audience uptake that lead them to broadcast/publish one certain...

Accès public à partir du 3 juil. 2020
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Strategies to access and manage donations for humanitarian operations

Urrea Castaño, Gloria Cecilia ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO006.

Scarcity of funding and high competition among organizations are typical characteristics of the humanitarian setting, which create high uncertainty for humanitarian organizations (HOs) regarding their ability to access and manage the required donations for their operations. In contrast with past research, which usually considers that HOs have a passive role in the donations process, the main...