- A reliable transmission scheme for 3D point cloud based on partial decode-and-forward relay over burst error fading channel
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31 December 2022
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Special issue published: "The Structure, Properties and Application of Metal and Composite Materials"
- Synthesis and mechanical characterisation of self-lubricating Al7075/MoS2/ZrB2 hybrid composite
- Study on damage fatigue test method of metal materials for rotating machinery
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30 December 2022
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22 December 2022
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- Practical strategy for maintaining organisational performance in the hospitality industry of Thailand
- An integrated analysis of factors affecting consumers' purchase intention toward batik: a comparative study between Indonesia and Malaysia
- Delineating investors' rationality and behavioural biases - evidence from the Indian stock market
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Associate Prof. Zhenling Liu appointed as new Editor in Chief of International Journal of Vehicle Information and Communication Systems
21 December 2022
- Hull-WEMA: a novel zero-lag approach in the moving average family, with an application to COVID-19
- SVD-initialised K-means clustering for collaborative filtering recommender systems
- Business value of social media adoption: a comparison between the US and Taiwan
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- Investigating managerial and fairness practices on employee turnover intentions through the mediation of affiliation quality between organisation and employee. A comprehensive study of the metropolitan society of Malaysia
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At this time of year, shoppers are usually out in force or logging in to buy gifts. Within days, however, there will be the inevitable need to return those gifts that ever-so-ungrateful recipients reject. How a retailer handles returns and refunds will fundamentally affect its bottom line when it comes to profit. However, research published in the International Journal of Advanced Operations Management looks into the management of customers’ returned goods, how this affects the retail supply chain and ultimately profits, and how retailers might actually benefit from customers sending goods back.
Kamil Ciftci and Yertai Tanai of the Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences, Craig School of Business, California State University, Fresno, California, and George R. Wilson of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, have devised a framework that acts as a responsive reverse supply chain for retailers processing returned goods from customers.
The team explains that their proposal works under a competitive full-refund policy and allows the return of goods to be handled in such a way as to perhaps paradoxically maximise profits across the business. This is achieved as goods are returned and refunded at a lower price point and then re-sold at a greater margin. The researchers point out that delays in processing returns is detrimental to the retailer and so an expeditious means to process those returns is essential, hence their framework, if the company is to minimise losses and perhaps boost profits as wholesale prices shift upwards.
Of course, retailers are probably well aware of the effects of inflation on their profits and also the loss of value as new models to replace old products enter the market. However, if they purchase stock, sell it with their profit margin applied, the customer returns the product for a refund, and the retailer then resells at the price adjusted for subsequent inflation, then provided the new customer does not also return the goods, they will make more money. This would not apply if the new customer negotiates a discount or the goods are offered at a lower, sale price.
Ciftci, K., Tanai, Y. and Wilson, G.R. (2022) ‘Consumer returns processing in a multi-period setting’, Int. J. Advanced Operations Management, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp.430–455.
Free open access article available: "Where are you from? The influence of an unfamiliar sub-national region of origin from familiar and unfamiliar countries on quality perceptions and purchase intentions"
The following paper, "Where are you from? The influence of an unfamiliar sub-national region of origin from familiar and unfamiliar countries on quality perceptions and purchase intentions" (International Journal of Export Marketing 5(1) 2022), is freely available for download as an open access article.
It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.
20 December 2022
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Research pick: Overturning overweight stereotypes - "Is being obese a crime? An examination of hiring and workplace discrimination"
Research published in the Middle East Journal of Management has looked at the discrimination and bias experienced by overweight and obese people during recruitment and in the workplace setting.
Ali Junaid Khan, Ezza Naseem, Jawad Iqbal, and Muhammad Farooq of the Institute of Business, Management and Administrative Sciences at The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, in Pakistan and Muhammad Akbar Ali Ansari of the University’s Department of Commerce found that there is a significant degree of bigotry against people with obesity.
The team surveyed employees working in the banking sector and analysed the results using structured equation modelling. They found that people who are overweight or obese experience discrimination during the hiring process and then feel less accepted than others once they are recruited into a role. They commonly report that they feel as if other people perceive them as being lazy, lacking self-discipline, and incompetent.
The team suggests that the stereotypes and negative attitudes towards overweight people they have found have several implications for policymakers in the banking sector. They suggest that there is an urgent need to “revise recruitment policies, provide equal employment opportunities, and promote a healthy environment.” This awareness is necessary to help the sector educate their employees and to eradicate harmful stereotypes.
Khan, A.J., Naseem, E., Iqbal, J., Ansari, M.A.A. and Farooq, M. (2023) ‘Is being obese a crime? An examination of hiring and workplace discrimination’, Middle East J. Management, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp.34–50.
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- The 'yes moments': understanding students' sense of achievement during on-the-job training program
19 December 2022
- Inventory routing problem categorisation considering pickup decisions in closed-loop supply chains
- Optimal manufacturer-buyer cooperative inventory models under unequal shipment policy with emergency replacement of sub-standard items
- Hybrid supplier selection considering reliability of criteria and importance of assessment values
- Using integrated simulation-optimisation to optimise staffing decisions in a service supply chain
Special issue published: "Deep Neural Networks and Evolutionary Computation for Biomedical Applications"
- A deep learning model framework for diabetic retinopathy detection
- Application of nonlinear system identification for EEG modelling using VMD-based deep random vector functional link network
- Evolutionary optimisation with outlier detection-based deep learning model for biomedical data classification
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Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies
- The changes of Constitution of People's Republic of China of 1982 as a tool to implement the leaders' political agenda
- Overview of resolution of international conflicts
- From catastrophic migration to life-long displacement and repatriation: an overview of existing Afghan refugees in Pakistan
- Reviewing the chain remand practices and freedom of rights in Malaysia
- Poverty alleviation and plight of migrant workers: socio-legal issues in the pandemic phase
- Mishandling the issue of gender dysphoria in India - an analysis of the transgender persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019
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- The right for freedom uniting in political parties: experience of Ukraine and the Federal Republic of Germany
Prof. Yimin Shao, the journal's Editor in Chief, said, "I am extremely happy with this wonderful news. Getting indexed by Scopus is a significant milestone showing that the journal is now being recognised for its high academic standards and international influence. I would like to thank our Executive Editors, Associate Editors, Editorial Board Members and International Review Board for their extraordinary contributions. Thanks also to Journal Manager Jenny, typesetter Vie, administrators Darren and Sarah and the rest of Inderscience's team, who have always been supportive and cooperative. I am very grateful for their great efforts."
Research pick: Cryogenic electric - "Review of power electronics converters and associated components/systems at cryogenic temperatures"
The future of electric aircraft and deep space missions will rely on our ability to develop electrical and electronic components that can operate at the very low temperatures of the upper atmosphere and the cryogenic temperatures of space. A review of such technology is presented in the International Journal of Powertrains. The review looks specifically at semiconductor devices, passive components, and superconducting devices that operate at very low temperatures.
Mustafeez Ul-Hassan, Yalda Azadeh, Asif Imran Emon, and Fang Luo of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stony Brook University, New York, USA, point out that in terms of aeronautics and space travel there is a pressing need to usurp pneumatic, hydraulic, and mechanical systems with electrical components. In terms of aircraft, such components will operate at the low temperatures of high-altitude flight, but also benefit from being held at cryogenic temperatures in terms of improving their efficiency. Indeed, the development of superconducting technology that by necessity operates at such temperatures would not only make electric aircraft more feasible and improve space travel option but improve the generation efficiency of wind turbines. As such, developing the requisite technology for advanced transportation would as a spin-off improve the sustainability of power generation for those on the ground too. The team points out that certain components that would be desirable in various setups are yet to be developed.
Cryogenic, simply means a temperature or condition that leads to freezing. However, in the modern technical vernacular it usually refers to very low temperatures rather than the everyday temperature of freezing water for example. We commonly discuss cryogenic conditions as being achievable through the use of liquid nitrogen, which is at 77 kelvin, liquid hydrogen, 33 kelvin, or liquid helium at 4 kelvin. The Kelvin scale of temperature in absolute scale in which the coldest possible temperature is 0 kelvin and there are no negative temperatures. We do not talk of degrees on the Kelvin scale but the temperature separation between integer values is equivalent to a degree on the Celsius scale. 0 kelvin is -273.15 degrees Celsius. 0 degrees Celsius is thus 273.15 kelvin.
The team surveys devices, passive components, converters, and superconducting machines and suggests that their findings will “help to flesh out the behaviour of such components and can serve as a database for the successful design of cryogenic power conversion systems.”
Ul-Hassan, M., Azadeh, Y., Emon, A.I. and Luo, F. (2022) ‘Review of power electronics converters and associated components/systems at cryogenic temperatures’, Int. J. Powertrains, Vol. 11, Nos. 2/3, pp.243–263.
- Cheating behaviour among OPEC member-states and oil price fairness and stability: an empirical analysis
- Examining the impact of COVID-19 on Indian energy exchange market: empirical evidence from a multi-regional panel data analysis
- Research on energy supply chain risk prediction based on the fuzzy C-means clustering algorithm
- Research on risk assessment method of energy system based on data mining
- Energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the sugarcane chain in Brazil: an input-output approach (2000-2014)
- Temperature range across Nigeria to the end of 21st century: prospects for photovoltaics based on CMIP5 and CORDEX perspectives
17 December 2022
Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Education Economics and Development
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16 December 2022
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15 December 2022
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The following paper, "Mapping and visualisation of audit quality research trends" (International Journal of Economics and Business Research 25(1) 2023), is freely available for download as an open access article.
It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.
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Research pick: Food delivery apps - "From eating out to online food ordering amid COVID-19: a case of food delivery apps"
A case study of university students in the International Journal of Knowledge Management in Tourism and Hospitality has looked at how COVID-19 affected dining out and food home delivery. The team found that in Bangladesh where app-based food delivery services are becoming increasingly popular, price value and convenience were more important to customers choosing online food delivery rather than service quality, delivery experience, and ease of use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shahedul Hasan, Md. Imran Hossain Shohag, Imtiaz Uddin Chowdhury, Rubab Miswar, and Md. Ashaduzzaman of the Universities of Dhaka and Chittagong in Bangladesh, suggest that their work offers new insights into how food suppliers might make better use of the apps they offer or are associated with to improve their access to this growing student market.
The team explains that price value is the degree to which consumers perceive the cost of using the system as being reasonable. Service quality is defined as the degree to which the customer is satisfied with using the platform to browse and order and then to receive their food. Delivery service focuses on the latter aspect of service quality and reflects the customer’s experience with the receipt of their food being timely and to the right address. Ease of use refers to how little extra effort the customer must put in to make use of an app, place their order, and receive their food. Finally, convenience is simply defined as the benefit in terms of accessibility to food delivery.
As the team found it was the first, price value, and convenience, that are the main drivers for the university students surveyed in this research, and their inclination to use a food delivery app or not.
They point out that their analysis showed that just over three-quarters of the survey respondents were male, 90% were aged between 21 and 30 years old, and more than three-quarters had used food delivery app services previously.
Hasan, S., Shohag, M.I.H., Chowdhury, I.U., Miswar, R. and Ashaduzzaman, M. (2023) ‘From eating out to online food ordering amid COVID-19: a case of food delivery apps’, Int. J. Knowledge Management in Tourism and Hospitality, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.50–68.
Prof. Yue Guo appointed as new Editor in Chief of International Journal of Internet and Enterprise Management
14 December 2022
- Determinants of MSA adoption intentions and usage behaviour of internet savvy and younger consumers: insights from an emerging market
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- Crowdfunding and entrepreneurial failure: Why do overfunded startups collapse?
- Exploring the correlation between diversity and financial performance: an empirical study
- Predictors of turnover intention among multinational corporation employees
- Designing online communication mix for machinery manufacturers
- The inter-relationship between foreign direct investments and unemployment: case study of China, India and Singapore
- The impact of political connections on the level of cash holdings: evidence from Tunisian listed firms
- The impact of the Dubai International Airport's activity volume on the Emirati stock market
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Research pick: A prescription for online pharmacies - "Adoption of online pharmacies in India: an empirical study"
An empirical study of online pharmacy use in India published in the International Journal of Business Innovation and Research reveals that the perception of associated risk deters many users of such services. As such, there is a pressing need for online pharmacies to understand this issue and to develop strategies to improve the outlook for their business by building customer trust.
Brinda Sampat of NMIMS – Global Access School for Continuing Education (NGA-SCE) at NMIMS University in Mumbai and Kali Charan Sabat of GD Goenka University in Gurugram, India, discuss the recent growth in online pharmacies and the website and mobile phone applications they utilise to market and sell medicinal and healthcare products to the public. It is, they suggest quite common now for such retailers not to have a traditional physical presence but to exist wholly in the digital realm in terms of outlets.
There are many benefits to using an online pharmacy such as rapid home delivery for those who are housebound or those who live a considerable distance from a conventional bricks-and-mortar store. There are numerous online pharmacies in India, including Netmeds, PharmEasy, AppolloPharmacy, Healthsaverz, Buydrug, 1mg, Medplusmart, Merapharmacy, and CareOnGo, all of them offering a service to what is after all one of the biggest potential markets for the products they offer.
The team points out that the rise of e-commerce and, in this context, online pharmacies is driven by the rapid and recent development in India, the growing middle class, and rising income and concomitant standard of living for a proportion of the population. The market value in 2019 was equivalent to almost ten billion dollars. Forecasts suggest that this figure will double for 2023.
Of course, two-thirds of the population of India lives in rural areas. This could be a double-edged sword in the sense that those living remotely from the facilities offered by city life could best benefit from e-commerce, but the converse is that their very remoteness leaves many of those people disconnected from the requisite infrastructure including high-speed internet access and a network of couriers to fulfil orders.
In a developing nation, of course, improvements in such infrastructure are high on the agenda. However, technical improvements need to be accompanied by education so that those who might benefit learn about what is on offer and how to make use of it.
Other obstacles that are perhaps not present in the USA or northern Europe are the burden of somewhat opaque and complex rules and regulations that slow the emergence of online pharmacies that would in the USA and Europe be entirely legitimate but are restricted to some degree by red tape in India. That is not to say that the USA and Europe have a lackadaisical stance on health and safety, security and privacy. Quite the opposite, but the more transparent and streamlined regulations in those regions have allowed online pharmacies to thrive.
Sampat, B. and Sabat, K.C. (2022) ‘Adoption of online pharmacies in India: an empirical study’, Int. J. Business Innovation and Research, Vol. 29, No. 4, pp.449–478.
13 December 2022
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Research pick: Push the button - "Enabling smartphone push notifications: the effect of a framed opt-in request"
Push notifications from the applications on one’s smart device can be very useful. They can also be rather intrusive in some instances. As such, within the European Union, there is a requirement for applications, apps, to request permissions from users as to whether they opt-in to such notifications. Research in the International Journal of Mobile Communications looks at how app providers might frame this opt-in request to better serve their own needs, provide a useful service for their users, but also keep within the legal requirements for such apps.
Diana Gavilan of the Research Unit – ESIC University in the Facultad de Ciencias de la Información and Maria Avello of the Department of Marketing in the Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales both at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, have looked at the two ways in which such opt-in requests might be framed. The researchers analyse those requests from a personal and a social perspective.
Fundamentally, their work reveals that developers and providers hoping to achieve greater opt-in rates for push notifications from their apps need to improve the quality of information that they provide in those requests. This ultimately will lead to a greater number of people choosing to opt-in. The team suggests that their work improves our understanding of the consumer decision-making process on such matters. The team suggests that opt-in requests must inform users of the value added by opting-in in terms of their experience of using the app as well as demonstrating a so-called social proof.
Given that push notifications are often about marketing, the work also offers new insight on how the consumer decision-making process affects response to mobile advertising. The way in which users respond to particular types of opt-in requests also suggests how the wording of a marketing campaign might also be optimised to encourage an improved response. The team also offers a warning to those companies and providers that might follow their advice in terms of opt-in requests. If the request is couched in such a way that it makes promises, such as offering a better experience than a rival app, then the company must be able to live up to those promises or else risk losing consumer trust altogether.
Gavilan, D. and Avello, M. (2023) ‘Enabling smartphone push notifications: the effect of a framed opt-in request’, Int. J. Mobile Communications, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp.1–18.
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The accurate identification of insects is critical in research of ecosystems and in pest control in agriculture and forestry. Writing in the International Journal of Systems, Control and Communications, a team from China has focused on the identification of insects in the Wudalianchi Scenic Area in Heilongjiang Province. This region of China is considered one of the most useful for studying species adaption and the evolution of biological communities. In such studies, rapid and accurate insect identification in the field is critical.
Yao Xiao, Aocheng Zhou, Lin Zhou, and Yue Zhao of The School of Technology at Beijing Forestry University have developed an automatic insect identification system based on the SE-ResNeXt convolutional neural network, which they suggest could reduce the researchers’ workload as well as reducing the incorrect assignment to species. The team demonstrated 98 percent accuracy with their system, which coupled with field expertise could improve such studies in a meaningful way. The development of a website and app using the neural network will improve data storage and visualisation. Such efforts will ultimately supplant the archaic storage of insect specimens, especially given that such specimens do not represent the currency of ecosystems.
Research in locations such as the Wudalianchi Scenic Area is vital for conservation efforts especially given the rapid and widespread decline in biodiversity being seen the world over and in particular with respect to insects and other invertebrates as well as birds, fish and many other types of organism.
The team suggests that their app is particularly suited to research in the forest environment. However, in terms of what one might refer to as the bigger picture, the app and the associated website could find use in education, public understanding, and the broadening of conservation awareness.
Xiao, Y., Zhou, A., Zhou, L. and Zhao, Y. (2023) ‘Automatic insect identification system based on SE-ResNeXt’, Int. J. Systems, Control and Communications, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp.81–98.
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Research pick: An app for rice disease ID - "Rice plant diseases detection using convolutional neural networks"
Rice is one of the most important food crops for billions of people but the plants are susceptible to a wide variety of diseases that are not always easy to identify in the field. New work in the International Journal of Engineering Systems Modelling and Simulation has investigated whether an application based on a convolution neural network algorithm could be used to quickly and effectively determine what is afflicting a crop, especially in the early stages when signs and symptoms may well be ambiguous.
Manoj Agrawal and Shweta Agrawal of Sage University in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, suggest that an automated method for rice disease identification is much needed. They have now trained various machine learning tools with more than 4000 images of healthy and diseased rice and tested them against disease data from different sources. They demonstrated that the ResNet50 architecture offers the greatest accuracy at 97.5 percent.
The system can determine from a photograph of a sample of the crop whether or not it is diseased and if so, can then identify which of the following common diseases that affect rice the plant has: Leaf Blast, Brown Spot, Sheath Blight, Leaf Scald, Bacterial Leaf Blight, Rice Blast, Neck Blast, False Smut, Tungro, Stem Borer, Hispa, and Sheath Rot.
Overall, the team’s approach is 98.2 percent accurate on independent test images. Such accuracy is sufficient to guide farmers to make an appropriate response to a given infection in their crop and thus save both their crop and their resources rather than wasting produce or money on ineffective treatments. The team emphasises that the system works well irrespective of the lighting conditions when the photograph is taken or the background in the photograph. They add that accuracy might still be improved by adding more images to the training dataset to help the application make predictions from photos taken in disparate conditions.
Agrawal, M. and Agrawal, S. (2023) ‘Rice plant diseases detection using convolutional neural networks’, Int. J. Engineering Systems Modelling and Simulation, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp.30–42.
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Research pick: The downside of overfunding - "Crowdfunding and entrepreneurial failure: Why do overfunded startups collapse?"
As means to raise capital for a business venture, crowd-funding has come increasingly to the fore since the advent of social media. A good campaign that goes viral can quickly bring adequate funds for an adventurous start-up. Writing in the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, a team from Germany suggests that this alternative to venture capital and angel investment might actually lead to overfunding of a startup and that this in itself can lead to the failure of the company.
Crowdfunding has been around a lot longer than the internet, of course, many entrepreneurs, activists, authors, and even leaders have sought money from the general public to help them finance their ventures. The advent of the world wide web in the 1990s and the subsequent arrival of Web 2.0 and social media opened up many more avenues along which an innovative entrepreneur might meet putative backers. Occasionally, those who donate to ventures through crowd-funding campaigns do so out of a sense of altruism, perhaps to finance a worthy venture that might benefit society or an individual in need. More often, the crowd-funding is driven by the potential for reward, a signed copy of that author’s book or a discount on the product to be manufactured by a startup, for instance.
There are many potential benefits for the crowd-funder and from the entrepreneur’s point of view, their success in such a campaign can often act as a test of the future market. It is now well-known that perhaps half of the ventures seeking crowd-funding fail to reach their funding goal and fall at this first hurdle. However, of those that are successful around half receive more than their initial funding call. A small percentage end up being massively overfunded based on their initial needs. This phenomenon was largely unknown in the era of venture capitalists and angel investors when the investment was made in a much more steady, slower, and considered manner.
The team offers that one of the explanations in many cases is quite obvious: a good marketing campaign to reap crowdfunding that is not underpinned by a solid offering from the company itself in terms of its product development, production, and sales. Ultimately, it is often the case that “this phenomenon leads to the dominance of startups with great marketing campaigns but with little potential to fulfil their promises,” the team writes.
They add that their analysis of failed start-ups reveals that there are other factors at play: entrepreneur, misconduct, poor product features, a failure in the product development process, organisational problems, delays, financial resources, poor market conditions, and failures with partners.
Moritz T. Bruckner and Daniel J. Veit of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Augsburg in Augsburg, Dennis M. Steininger of the Faculty of Business Studies and Economics at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern in Kaiserslautern, and Mark Bertleff, Lead Business Analyst at Capgemini in Munich, explain that the research literature lacks explanations as to why start-ups with adequate funding might be prone to failure and why the seemingly paradoxical notion of too much capital investment might underlie the demise of some companies.
The team’s findings challenge the received wisdom regarding the financial backing of a startup and subsequent entrepreneurial success or failure. The framework they have developed regarding backing could be used to guide those who wish to invest through crowdfunding and to help startups avoid the common pitfalls of overfunding.
Bruckner, M.T., Steininger, D.M., Bertleff, M. and Veit, D.J. (2022) ‘Crowdfunding and entrepreneurial failure: Why do overfunded startups collapse?’, Int. J. Entrepreneurial Venturing, Vol. 14, Nos. 4/5, pp.602–644.
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Research pick: Clicks and mortar - "Adding bricks to clicks: Which characteristic of a showroom affects consumers when they shop online?"
When the world wide web was opened up to the commercial world in the 1990s, there was a suggestion that it would not become popular and so-called “bricks and mortar” sellers with shops on the high streets and in the shopping centres would outlive the online fad. The so-called dot com bubble burst at the dawn of the 21st Century, but more than two decades later we can safely say online shopping is now ubiquitous while many shop fronts are now boarded up and many of the large department stores and chains have disappeared.
Writing in the EuroMed Journal of Management, a team from Egypt discusses an emerging trend that sees the reversal of the original paradigm whereby online retailers are now opening shops and encouraging customers to walk through their doors rather than browse online.
Abeer A. Mahrous and Ola Tarek of the Faculty of Commerce, Business Administration Department at Cairo University and Wael Kortam of the Faculty of Business Administration, Economics & Political Science at The British University in Egypt in Sherouk City, suggest that this move is driven by the consumer’s obvious desire to have more certainty when buying, which can be achieved by touching and feeling the goods in a bricks-and-mortar store. However, once the online retailers have hooked customers offline in this way, the hope is that those customers will then opt for the online option with subsequent and repeat purchases.
The team discusses the cognitive attributes that initially draw a shopper to an offline store and how their loyalty to the outlet is transferred to the online shopping experience. Fundamentally, it seems that a goal-oriented shopper drawn to the offline shop is more likely to make further purchases from the online outlet. The research suggests that the design of the offline store and salesperson style and communication within the store is important in persuading new customers to make purchases there initially and then to transfer their loyalty seamlessly to the online store.
Mahrous, A.A., Tarek, O. and Kortam, W. (2022) ‘Adding bricks to clicks: Which characteristic of a showroom affects consumers when they shop online?’, EuroMed J. Management, Vol. 4, No. 4, pp.332–344.
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Research pick: ASMR alerts for older adults - "Autonomous sensory meridian response as an alert trigger for older users"
Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a neurological phenomenon experienced in different ways by different people exposed to various stimuli. It is commonly perceived as a pleasant, almost euphoric, feeling. Often described simply as a tingling sensation, paresthesia, it can be much more subtle. Indeed, it is often referred to as “the tingles”. The experience of this pleasurable feeling often leaves the person feeling relaxed or alert, depending on the specific stimulus.
Commonly it is felt in the scalp and is often perceived as travelling down the back of the neck and the upper spine. These pleasant feelings are often triggered by certain types of sound, such as a person whispering very closely in one’s ear or when seeing certain images. However, it can also be triggered by realizations or epiphanies or when one recognizes pleasure in others, sometimes even when one recognizes one has done a good deed, for instance.
ASMR is a complex phenomenon and in recent years has been used in millions of videos or music where the creator produces content intended to trigger ASMR in the viewer or listener. Indeed, people do often describe music as giving them “the chills”, but in the pleasurable sense as opposed to the edgier notion of fear and anxiety associated with a “shiver down the spine”. One has to wonder whether these are two faces of the same coin in terms of neurology, however. There is overlap with the concept of frisson, goose bumps and related phenomena. And, of course, goosebumps can also be triggered by pleasure or fear, and perhaps other emotions arising in response to particular stimuli.
Superficially, the phenomenon may seem frivolous, but it perhaps points to how bonding in mammals and other animal groups is reinforced by interactions undertaken in close proximity such as grooming and petting between social contacts, family members, and mates. In the context of interactions between mates, the putatively erotic nature of particular kinds of ASMR triggers is certainly well-known to researchers and those on the internet who might utilize this phenomenon.
Writing in the International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics, a team from Thailand has looked at whether ASMR can have a practical use in helping older people, particularly those with age-related hearing loss. Nattanit Buaban and Sakol Teeravarunyou of King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok, suggest ASMR might be used to grab the attention of someone to alert them to a notification from a device, whether doorbell, smartphone, kettle, washing machine, or alarm, that they otherwise might not notice or hear. In their experiments, an earphone device was used to trigger ASMR, but they added that a touch, haptic, device might also be used. It is early stages, but the team’s practical concept for ASMR holds much promise for older people with hearing loss who could, with appropriate smart devices, be notified in this novel way to changes requiring their attention.
Buaban, N. and Teeravarunyou, S. (2022) ‘Autonomous sensory meridian response as an alert trigger for older users’, Int. J. Human Factors and Ergonomics, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp.389–401.