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1.The city as a mode of perception: Corporeal dynamics in urban space

Author:De Matteis,Federico

Source:Handbook of Research on Perception-Driven Approaches to Urban Assessment and Design,2018,Vol.

Abstract:This chapter investigates the notion of corporeal contraction and expansion, a dialectic that philosopher Hermann Schmitz identifies as the primary movement of the felt-body. This alternation is influenced by what the subject encounters in space, and thereby articulates his overall corporeal experience. Different environments, such as natural landscapes or urban spaces, provide distinct types of experiential frameworks that the felt-body habitually responds to with different modulations of the dialectic. For the subject, the typified response of the felt-body to certain environments represents an element of constancy, defined by a set of expectations of events that are likely to occur. The chapter first analyses some key elements of corporeal dynamics then uses two first-person accounts of specific urban situations to describe how the contraction-expansion dialectics underpin all spatial experience.

2.China’s local elites: The political economy of transition

Author:Goodman,David S.G.

Source:Local Elites in Post-Mao China,2018,Vol.

Abstract:© 2018 Yingjie Guo. The contributions to this volume clearly demonstrate the extent to which local-level agencies and structures are central to an understanding of China’s economic and political dynamics. The change in development strategy that came four decades ago validated local economic and political spaces, and the roles of local elites in those processes, both on the ground and in the scholarly community’s understanding of those processes. Neither of these is to be underestimated. In the 1950s to be accused of being localist could have severe consequences for the political elite (Teiwes 1966); now localism is a necessary tool for economic development (Goodman 2002). Greater access to China in all kinds of ways has meant that the view of a homogenous society has been replaced by an understanding of an inherent internal diversity. In China Studies it is really no longer acceptable to argue that a case study is based on a typical locality: contextualisation is everything (Perry 1994).

3.The energy paradox: Evidence from refrigerator market in China

Author:Ren,Yuxiang;Luan,Fushu;Zhou,Hui

Source:The State of China's State Capitalism: Evidence of Its Successes and Pitfalls,2018,Vol.

Abstract:It is often asserted that consumers undervalue future expected electricity cost relative to purchase price when they choose among different types of refrigerators, or equivalently that they have high “implicit discount rates” for expected future electricity cost. This chapter illustrates how this can be tested by measuring how much that the consumers are willing to pay in purchasing price in exchange for reducing the future electricity cost that has a present value of one unit of CNY, using the random utility theory and standard logit model. To carry out the research, apart from establishing appropriate model, China’s cross-provincial electricity pricing policies are systematically investigated, classified, and approximated in order to get national population-weighted average electricity price to compute electricity cost. The dataset contains all the transaction information of Chinese refrigerator market in the year 2013. The empirical result indicates that consumers are indifferent between spending one more unit CNY in discounted future electricity cost and saving 4.47 unit CNY in refrigerator purchase price. This result verifies that there is considerable energy efficiency gap in China’s refrigerator market suggesting the need of using government subsidy to encourage consumption of energy-saving electronic appliances, especially in the refrigerator market.

4.Students' perspectives on using online sources and apps for EFL learning in the mobile-assisted language learning context

Author:Zou,Bin;Yan,Xinxin;Li,Hui

Source:Handbook of Research on Integrating Technology Into Contemporary Language Learning and Teaching,2018,Vol.

Abstract:Mobile-assisted language learning (MALL) has been developed rapidly and integrated into language learning in various levels in recent years, particularly for the young generation. Many previous studies reveal that young learners have autonomous learning in using online sources or apps in the MALL context. However, not many studies in China have examined Chinese students' use of MALL. Therefore, this chapter investigates how Chinese college students perceived their use of mobile devices for English as a foreign language (EFL) learning. It was based on two small studies and focused on using online sources and mobile apps for EFL learning on learners' mobile devices. Participants were 166 students from 21 universities in China. Research tools consisted of questionnaires and interviews. The findings demonstrate a high motivation among the participants in using online sources and apps for EFL learning on their mobile devices. The results also showed the impact of different regions on students' attitudes toward MALL. Mobile apps that are related to EFL class context could enhance students' EFL learning.

5.Identity constructions in bilingual advertising: A critical analysis

Author:Li,Songqing

Source:Identity Constructions in Bilingual Advertising: A Critical Analysis,2018,Vol.

Abstract:This is the first book-length study of identity constructions in relation to English as a contact language in advertising of non-English-speaking countries through a critical and interpretive lens. Instead of simply presuming the role of the English language may have in constructing identities within the multimodal advertisement, this book aims to explore ethnographically the ideological underpinnings of identity constructions in the context of local politics of English. It studies the varying degrees of the contribution of the English language and its possible roles in bilingual advertising, unravels the ideological dimensions of the language as well as identity and explains the sociocultural forms and meanings of identity. To this end, it develops a new critical-cognitive approach, bringing together recent advances in English as a global language, critical sociolinguistics, multilingual studies and multimodal discourse analysis. By delving into the cognitive process of identity constructions, it provides an evidence-based account of the roles of English, and it illustrates the interconnections between identities and local politics of English. This interdisciplinary book will be of interest to scholars and students in bilingualism, multilingualism, discourse analysis, English as a global language, multimodality, advertising and marketing.

6.Multiple stressors in China’s freshwater ecoregions

Author:Zhang,Yixin;Juvigny-Khenafou,Noel;Xiang,Hongyong;Lin,Qiaoyan;Wu,Zhijie

Source:Multiple Stressors in River Ecosystems: Status, Impacts and Prospects for the Future,2018,Vol.

Abstract:China has 38 ecoregions grouped into 8 major habitat types across 9 main basins. The freshwaters of China are at risk of multiple stressor impacts because of a variety of conflicts in the water use in agriculture, industry, and urbanization, although regional variations in human activities and water shortage make the status very uneven. Furthermore, there is often an upstream-downstream gradient of stress, which makes it very challenging to disentangle the main stressors and their effects, as well as to make ecological predictions across ecoregions. Freshwater ecosystem management approaches in China need to be adaptive and embedded within a watershed-wide concept to cope with upcoming pressures.

7.The principle of congruity in the analysis of international business cooperation

Author:Buckley,Peter J.;Cross,Adam;De Mattos,Claudio

Source:The Global Factory: Networked Multinational Enterprises in the Modern Global Economy,2018,Vol.

Abstract:© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This study investigates an under-researched topic: individual-to-individual or team-to-team interac- tions during the alliance pre-formation phase. We develop a general theory based on the principle of congruity for understanding the micro-dynamics of the alliance formation process. The attitudes of each party in an alliance towards their prospective partner depend on the level of mismatch between their initial evaluations of the contributions of each partner, and on their wish intensity and speed to reach congruity. The impact of different managerial cultural backgrounds (special theory) and mind-sets (special theory application) are theorised. Further applications are considered and all are presented as testable propositions.

8.Cyber-physical technologies: Hype cycle 2017

Author:Hahanov,Vladimir;Gharibi,Wajeb;Man,Ka Lok;Iemelianov,Igor;Liubarskyi,Mykhailo;Abdullayev,Vugar;Litvinova,Eugenia;Chumachenko,Svetlana

Source:Cyber Physical Computing for IoT-driven Services,2018,Vol.

9.Polymer nanocomposites for lithium battery applications

Author:Ferrari, S. ; Nair, J.R. ; Zhou, Y. ; Wan, C.

Source:Polymer-based Nanocomposites for Energy and Environmental Applications A volume in Woodhead Publishing Series in Composites Science and Engineering,2018,Vol.

10.Forecasting the carbon price in China pilot emission trading scheme: A structural time series approach

Author:Mengdi,Zhao;Yong,Soo Keong

Source:The State of China's State Capitalism: Evidence of Its Successes and Pitfalls,2018,Vol.

Abstract:To curb carbon emission, the Chinese pilot carbon emission trading markets were implemented in 2013 to act as a testbed for the official establishment of national carbon market in 2017. As the potential largest carbon trading market in the world, finding the key factors that drive the carbon permit prices and forecasting its future prices are important for both investors and government. This study explores the prospect of forecasting the carbon permit price in three pilot markets (Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen) using the structural time series modeling (STSM) approach. The result shows that this modeling approach potentially outperforms conventional time series model in forecasting capability. Statistically, the prices of energy sources are found to be uncorrelated with the permit prices in the Chinese pilot market, in contrary to the results from other studies on the European Union carbon market.

11.Changing structure of the Chinese economy

Author:Regis,Paulo José

Source:China in the Local and Global Economy: History, Geography, Politics and Sustainability,2018,Vol.

12.Supply chain finance and risk management: A selective survey and research agenda

Author:Gong,Stephen

Source:Finance and Risk Management for International Logistics and the Supply Chain,2018,Vol.

Abstract:This chapter first presents a selective survey of the literature on supply chain finance (SCF) and supply chain risk management (SCRM). While many studies have examined working capital management issues, there is a lack of systematic research into other important aspects of SCF, including the process and efficiency of capital investment decisions, sources, and costs of long-term financing, as well as management accounting, financial reporting, and disclosure issues. The literature in SCRM has emphasized definitions, assessment frameworks, and risk mitigation strategies, usually from an operations management perspective. In contrast, there is a dearth of research into economic, management, governance, and financial aspects of SCRM. I outline an agenda for future research that enriches our knowledge of SCF and SCRM through an integrated and multidisciplinary approach.

13.Design studio through the subtle revelations of phenomenology

Author:Smith, Ross T.

Source:The Interior Architecture Theory Reader,2018,Vol.

Abstract:Architecture does not stand in isolation from its surroundings or humanity; its integration of interiority makes it valuable to our existential circumstance. In the words of Eugen Fink, phenomenology is “wonder in the face of the world.” 1 It is an attitude of subtle revelation, of sensing by doing which permeates all aspects of working toward and through design. A motivation for exploring this philosophy in teaching design studio is to combine these two synergistic and seemingly complementary modes of engagement - the “integration” of interior architecture with the “being” of phenomenology. This makes phenomenology not simply a methodology, but an approach to being of the world. © 2018 selection and editorial matter, Gregory Marinic; individual chapters, the contributors.

14.The optimal model for operating cash flow in Chinese industries

Author:Tan,Xiaoyang;Zuo,Lingyan

Source:The State of China's State Capitalism: Evidence of Its Successes and Pitfalls,2018,Vol.

Abstract:This chapter investigates the relationship between accruals and cash flow prediction in China’s industries, drawing upon existing models explored in studies of US and UK industries. Evidence from both US and UK studies supports the hypothesis that accruals contain significant explanatory power for future cash flows. However, there is no consensus regarding the forecast superiority of using models of aggregated accruals versus models of disaggregating accruals into components of earnings. This chapter examines three models by panel regressions to find out which model best explains operating cash flows in China’s industries. We find that the cash flow model that disaggregates accruals into normal and abnormal accruals has the best explanatory power for cash flows in different industries.

15.Does economic inequality matter for nationalism?

Author:Qian,Rui;Hung,Juann H.

Source:The State of China's State Capitalism: Evidence of Its Successes and Pitfalls,2018,Vol.

Abstract:This chapter answers two research questions. First, what is the multi-country empirical evidence on the relationship between citizens’ feelings of patriotism toward their country, controlling for other determinants of nationalism? Second, to what extent is the empirical finding applicable to the case of China? We first review existing theories on the relationship between economic inequality and nationalism. We then estimate the partial effect of a country’s economic inequality on nationalistic sentiments among its citizens using a 20-country dataset from 1990 to 2014 to assess the validity of those theories. Finally, we examine recent developments in China’s income inequality and the degree of Chinese people’s national sentiments to assess the applicability of existing theories in the case of China. On balance we find that either the Chinese government has not attempted to promote nationalism, or its attempt has not been effective in promoting nationalism to overpower the negative effect of income inequality on nationalism.

16.Inward FDI and economic growth: A comparative analysis of China versus India

Author:Yingxi,Ma;Hung,Juann H.

Source:The State of China's State Capitalism: Evidence of Its Successes and Pitfalls,2018,Vol.

Abstract:What makes foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows more beneficial to economic growth in China than in most other developing countries? This chapter aims to shed light on this question by conducting an analytical review of the literature with a focus on comparing FDI’s estimated effect on growth in China versus that in India. Our literature review indicates FDI inflows have positively affected economic growth in both China and India, but that this positive impact was larger in China than in India. Our analysis suggests that there are two key reasons for this difference. First, China has better transportation and communication infrastructure, therefore better business efficiency. Second, China’s higher level of human capital means Chinese employees learn new technology and managerial know-how brought in by FDI more quickly, speeding up the spillover of technology and improving productivity rapidly in China.

17.Corporate social responsibility (CSR) in China: A contextual exploration

Author:Kirk Davidson,D.;Yin,Juelin

Source:Corporate Social Responsibility: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications,2018,Vol.

Abstract:© 2019 by IGI Global. All rights reserved. Despite a growing recognition of national contexts in predicting the dynamics of corporate social responsibility (CSR), the limited prior research has failed to disaggregate national institutions to specify the mechanisms between aspects of national institutional contexts and elements of CSR practices. In this paper we offer a framework for analyzing the nature and status of CSR, which is made up of eight elements: history, religions/ideologies, social norms, geography, political structures, the level of economic development, civil society institutions, and the country’s “safety net” provisions. We apply the framework to explain how and why China’s understanding of CSR differs from that in Western countries.

18.Local economic elites and charitable giving

Author:Carrillo,Beatriz

Source:Local Elites in Post-Mao China,2018,Vol.

Abstract:© 2018 Yingjie Guo. As China rebuilds its charity and philanthropy sectors, examining the rationale behind the current push by both the Party-state and a range of societal actors for promoting private and corporate charitable giving became an important task to help understand its potential impacts on inequality and redistribution. Even though the practice of charity is largely universal across countries and cultures, localised practices of charity and philanthropy have been grounded on specific moral and ideological traditions, as well as in particular historical socio-economic contexts. In its broader conception, charity has generally been viewed as a positive force for social change; however, it has also been subjected to strong criticisms. Marxists have presented the strongest critique against charity, which, they argue, cannot challenge the fundamental injustice of the structured inequality of power between the rich and the poor (Cohen 2000, p. 19). In part, it was this rationale that led the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to abolish all charitable organisations after its ascension to power in 1949 (Yan et al. 2007).

19.International trade and supply chains

Author:Salike,Nimesh;Thorbecke,Willem

Source:China in the Local and Global Economy: History, Geography, Politics and Sustainability,2018,Vol.

20.Chinese infrastructure

Author:He,Ming;Chen,Yang

Source:China in the Local and Global Economy: History, Geography, Politics and Sustainability,2018,Vol.

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