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Article
Publication date: 22 January 2024

Dan Huang and Songshan (Sam) Huang

This study aims to provide insights into Airbnb’s exit from the China market, specifically from the perspective of platform competition.

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to provide insights into Airbnb’s exit from the China market, specifically from the perspective of platform competition.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on the understanding of the evolution and competition of peer-to-peer (P2P) accommodation market in China and the double-edged network effects, this viewpoint article provides an in-depth discussion on Airbnb’s withdrawal from the China market.

Findings

This viewpoint paper contends that Airbnb faced increasing challenges in establishing unique competitive advantages against local rivals, who demonstrate a capacity for innovation and maintaining loyal customers in adapting to the market evolution. Consequently, this may inhibit Airbnb from attracting the mainstream market and lead Airbnb into a negative spiral, exacerbated by indirect network effects.

Originality/value

This study offers insights into the failure of an internationalisation process, drawing from an analysis of the competitive environment and the competition strategies of P2P accommodation platforms in China. These findings have practical implications for the implementation of international business strategies in P2P accommodation.

研究目的

本观点文章旨在基于平台竞争的视角对爱彼迎退出中国的现象进行阐释

研究设计/方法

基于对中国共享住宿/民宿市场的演变和竞争、双边网络效应的理解, 本文对爱彼迎退出中国进行了深入探讨。

研究结果

本文提出, 爱彼迎在建立独特竞争优势以应对本地竞争对手方面面临日益严峻的挑战, 因为本地竞争者在适应市场变化方面展现出突出的创新和留客的能力。这可能会阻碍爱彼迎吸引主流市场, 并导致其跌入由间接网络效应加剧的恶性循环中。

原创性/价值

基于对中国共享住宿平台的竞争环境和策略的分析, 本文洞悉了一个国际化失败的案例。本文的发现对于共享住宿的国际化策略实施具有实践意义。

Objetivo

Este artículo de opinión pretende aportar ideas sobre la salida de Airbnb del mercado chino, concretamente desde la perspectiva de la competencia entre plataformas.

Diseño/metodología/enfoque

Basándonos en la comprensión de la evolución y la competencia del mercado de alojamientos P2P en China, así como en los “efectos de red de doble filo”, este artículo de opinión ofrece una discusión en profundidad sobre la retirada de Airbnb del mercado chino.

Resultados

Este documento sostiene que Airbnb enfrentó desafíos crecientes para establecer ventajas competitivas únicas frente a sus rivales locales, demostrando estos últimos una capacidad de innovación y del mantenimiento de la lealtad de sus clientes al adaptarse a la evolución del mercado. En consecuencia, esto puede inhibir a Airbnb para atraer al mercado principal y llevar a la empresa a una espiral negativa, exacerbada por efectos de red indirectos.

Originalidad/valor

Este estudio ofrece una visión del fracaso de un proceso de internacionalización, a partir de un análisis del entorno competitivo y de las estrategias de competencia de las plataformas de alojamiento P2P en China. Estos resultados tienen implicaciones prácticas para la aplicación de estrategias empresariales internacionales en los alojamientos P2P.

Article
Publication date: 13 July 2023

Dan Huang, Qiurong Chen, Songshan (Sam) Huang and Xinyi Liu

Drawing on the cognitive–affective–conative framework, this study aims to develop a model of service robot acceptance in the hospitality sector by incorporating both cognitive…

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Abstract

Purpose

Drawing on the cognitive–affective–conative framework, this study aims to develop a model of service robot acceptance in the hospitality sector by incorporating both cognitive evaluations and affective responses.

Design/methodology/approach

A mixed-method approach combining qualitative and quantitative methods was used to develop measurement and test research hypotheses.

Findings

The results show that five cognitive evaluations (i.e. cuteness, coolness, courtesy, utility and autonomy) significantly influence consumers’ positive affect, leading to customer acceptance intention. Four cognitive evaluations (cuteness, interactivity, courtesy and utility) significantly influence consumers’ negative affect, which in turn positively affects consumer acceptance intention.

Practical implications

This study provides significant implications for the design and implementation of service robots in the hospitality and tourism sector.

Originality/value

Different from traditional technology acceptance models, this study proposed a model based on the hierarchical relationships of cognition, affect and conation to enhance knowledge about human–robot interactions.

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International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, vol. 36 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0959-6119

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Article
Publication date: 13 September 2022

Zhiyong Li, Jiahui Huang, Songshan (Sam) Huang and Dan Huang

This study aims to understand Chinese consumers’ perceived barriers to using peer-to-peer (P2P) accommodation before and after the outbreak of COVID-19 and the negotiation…

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to understand Chinese consumers’ perceived barriers to using peer-to-peer (P2P) accommodation before and after the outbreak of COVID-19 and the negotiation strategies they applied in overcoming the barriers and enabling consumption.

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative research design with 28 semi-structured interviews was used. Data were analysed by content analysis.

Findings

Five psychological barriers and four functional barriers were found to inhibit consumers from using P2P accommodation both before and after the COVID-19 outbreak. In overcoming the perceived barriers, consumers applied both behavioural negotiation strategies, including seeking information, behavioural adaptation, selective choice and seeking social support, and cognitive negotiation strategies, including cognitive adaptation and trusting agents. COVID-19 was found to serve as both a barrier and a facilitator for using P2P accommodation. A barriers–negotiation framework was developed in the context.

Research limitations/implications

Theoretically, this study advances consumer resistance and perceived barriers literature by integrating negotiation and developing a barriers–negotiation framework of P2P accommodation usage. This study also offers insights for practitioners in the P2P accommodation industry.

Originality/value

This study showcases the role of negotiation in understanding barriers to using P2P accommodation, paving the way to extend relevant knowledge to advance consumer resistance research, which is an emerging topic in the broader management domain.

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International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, vol. 35 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0959-6119

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Article
Publication date: 19 June 2019

Dan Huang, Xinyi Liu, Dan Lai and Zhiyong Li

To better understand what inhibits people from participating in collaborative consumption, this paper aims to develop research models of users and non-users to examine the…

Abstract

Purpose

To better understand what inhibits people from participating in collaborative consumption, this paper aims to develop research models of users and non-users to examine the relationship between perceived risks and intentions to use peer-to-peer (P2P) accommodation. Moreover, differences of risk perceptions and behavioral intentions between P2P accommodation users and non-users were identified.

Design/methodology/approach

The method of convenience sampling was used to collect data. Excluding the invalid questionnaires, 520 were kept for further analysis. In this paper, SPSS and partial least squares (PLS) were used to analyze the data.

Findings

The findings highlighted the important role of perceived risks in determining tourists’ intentions to use P2P accommodation. The results showed that non-users have higher perceived risks in regards to all four risk dimensions (psychological risk, physical risk, performance risk and social risk), and they also have significantly lower behavioral intentions to use P2P accommodation than the users. For users, only the psychological risk has significant negative effects on behavioral intentions, while for non-users, both psychological and physical risks are important inhibitors.

Originality/value

This paper contributes to a better understanding of the antecedents that influence consumers’ participation in collaborative consumption in the P2P accommodation domain. Second, it extends the literature on perceived risk by discussing users and non-users in this market. Finally, this research provides insights into the P2P accommodation market in China, which enables online travel platforms to develop targeted marketing strategies.

研究目的

为更好了解协同消费的顾客参与,本论文构建了使用者和非使用者模型来检验其感知风险和使用P2P住宿行为意向的关系。此外,本论文也试图探讨使用者和非使用者在感知风险和行为意向方面的差异。

研究设计/方法/途径

研究样本采取方便抽样方式,共回收520份有效问卷。本论文采用SPSS和偏最小二乘法(PLS)分析数据。

研究结果

研究结果凸显了感知风险对影响游客使用P2P住宿的重要作用。P2P 住宿非使用者不仅有更高的感知风险(表现在四个风险维度上:心理风险,身体风险,性能风险和社会风险),而且比使用者有更低的使用意向。对于使用者来说,只有心理风险对行为意向有显著地影响作用;对于非使用者,心理风险和身体风险都是影响行为意向的因素。

研究原创性/价值

本论文对于阻碍P2P住宿的参与因素进行了深入探讨。其次,本论文通过讨论使用者和非使用者的差异拓展了感知风险相关研究。最后,本论文研究了P2P住宿业在中国的市场情况,为在线旅行平台开发目标市场策略提供了启示。

关键词

P2P 住宿,Airbnb, 感知风险,使用者和非使用者,行为意向

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Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology, vol. 10 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1757-9880

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Article
Publication date: 24 July 2023

Kanghao Yan and Dan Huang

In high-pressure pumps, due to the interaction of asperities on the upper and lower surfaces, the piston–cylinder interface suffers severe lubrication and sealing problems during…

Abstract

Purpose

In high-pressure pumps, due to the interaction of asperities on the upper and lower surfaces, the piston–cylinder interface suffers severe lubrication and sealing problems during mixed lubrication. This study aims to establish a mixed thermo-elastohydrodynamic (EHD) model for the lubrication gap to determine how working conditions affect the lubricating characteristics and sealing performance of the interface.

Design/methodology/approach

A mixed thermo-EHD lubrication model is established to investigate the lubricating characteristics and sealing performance of the interface between the piston and cylinder. The model considers piston tilting, thermal effect, surface roughness and bushing deformation. The interface lubricating characteristics and sealing performance under different working conditions are calculated by the proposed numerical model.

Findings

A higher inlet pressure contributes to an increase in the minimum film thickness. Increased shaft speed can significantly reduce the minimum film thickness, resulting in severe wear. Compared to roughness, the impact of the thermal effect on the interface sealing performance is more significant.

Originality/value

The proposed lubrication model in this study offers a theoretical framework to evaluate the lubricating characteristics and sealing performance at the lubrication gap. Furthermore, the results provide references for properly selecting piston-cylinder surface processing parameters.

Peer review

The peer review history for this article is available at: https://publons.com/publon/10.1108/ILT-03-2023-0072/

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Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, vol. 75 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0036-8792

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Article
Publication date: 12 August 2022

Kanghao Yan and Dan Huang

Multitilting-pad journal bearings (MTPJBs) used in large-scale hydraulic turbines often suffer from complex operating conditions, which greatly influence the overall performance…

Abstract

Purpose

Multitilting-pad journal bearings (MTPJBs) used in large-scale hydraulic turbines often suffer from complex operating conditions, which greatly influence the overall performance of the rotating machine. The purpose of this study is to establish a thermal-elastic-hydrodynamic lubrication model for MTPJBs that can predict the static and dynamic characteristics of high-speed and heavy-load MTPJBs under different operating conditions.

Design/methodology/approach

A thermo-elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication model considering the turbulence effect is proposed for high-speed and heavy-load TPJBs, which is solved using the coupled finite difference method and finite element method. The model considered the turbulence effect, thermal energy diffusion, viscosity–temperature–pressure relationship and elastic deformation of the pads. The influences of the operating conditions on static and dynamic characteristics of tilting pad journal bearings were analyzed in depth.

Findings

The operating conditions have a strong effect on the static properties of the bearings. The dynamic characteristics of the TPJB were the most influenced by the shaft speed. The effects of the load direction on the dynamic properties of the TPJB were much stronger than those of the static characteristics.

Originality/value

This study used analytical methods and models to provide theoretical guidance for evaluating lubricating characteristics, assembling conditions and overall health.

Article
Publication date: 11 June 2018

Xuefeng Zhou, Li Jiang, Yisheng Guan, Haifei Zhu, Dan Huang, Taobo Cheng and Hong Zhang

Applications of robotic systems in agriculture, forestry and high-altitude work will enter a new and huge stage in the near future. For these application fields, climbing robots…

Abstract

Purpose

Applications of robotic systems in agriculture, forestry and high-altitude work will enter a new and huge stage in the near future. For these application fields, climbing robots have attracted much attention and have become one central topic in robotic research. The purpose of this paper is to propose an energy-optimal motion planning method for climbing robots that are applied in an outdoor environment.

Design/methodology/approach

First, a self-designed climbing robot named Climbot is briefly introduced. Then, an energy-optimal motion planning method is proposed for Climbot with simultaneous consideration of kinematic constraints and dynamic constraints. To decrease computing complexity, an acceleration continuous trajectory planner and a path planner based on spatial continuous curve are designed. Simulation and experimental results indicate that this method can search an energy-optimal path effectively.

Findings

Climbot can evidently reduce energy consumption when it moves along the energy-optimal path derived by the method used in this paper.

Research limitations/implications

Only one step climbing motion planning is considered in this method.

Practical implications

With the proposed motion planning method, climbing robots applied in an outdoor environment can commit more missions with limit power supply. In addition, it is also proved that this motion planning method is effective in a complicated obstacle environment with collision-free constraint.

Originality/value

The main contribution of this paper is that it establishes a two-planner system to solve the complex motion planning problem with kinodynamic constraints.

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Industrial Robot: An International Journal, vol. 45 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-991X

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Article
Publication date: 12 March 2018

Haibin Geng, Jinglong Li, Jiangtao Xiong, Xin Lin, Dan Huang and Fusheng Zhang

As known, the wire and arc additive manufacture technique can achieve stable process control, which is represented with periodic surface waviness, when using empirical methods or…

Abstract

Purpose

As known, the wire and arc additive manufacture technique can achieve stable process control, which is represented with periodic surface waviness, when using empirical methods or feedback control system. But it is usually a tedious work to further reduce it using trial and error method. The purpose of this paper is to unveil the formation mechanism of surface waviness and develop a method to diminish it.

Design/methodology/approach

Two forming mechanisms, wetting and spreading and remelting, are unveiled by cross-section observation. A discriminant is established to differentiate which mechanism is valid to dominate the forming process under the given process parameters.

Findings

Finally, a theoretical method is developed to optimize surface waviness, even forming a smooth surface by establishing a matching relation between heat input (line energy) and materials input (the ratio of wire feed speed to travel speed).

Originality/value

Formation mechanisms are revealed by observing cross-section morphology. A discriminant is established to differentiate which mechanism is valid to dominate the forming process under the given process parameters. A mathematical model is developed to optimize surface waviness, even forming a smooth surface through establishing a matching relation between heat input (line energy) and materials input (the ratio of wire feed speed to travel speed).

Details

Rapid Prototyping Journal, vol. 24 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-2546

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Article
Publication date: 6 June 2016

Dan Huang, Dong Lu and Jin-hui Luo

The purpose of this paper is to examine whether and how the extent of religion in a firm’s social environment affects corporate innovation and innovation efficiency from the…

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine whether and how the extent of religion in a firm’s social environment affects corporate innovation and innovation efficiency from the perspectives of religion-related risk aversion and religion-based social norms.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a sample of 8,601 Chinese firm-year observations from 2007 to 2012, this paper examines the relationship between religion and innovation intensity, as well as innovation efficiency. A battery of checks, that is, adopting Heckman selection model, using a province-level measure of religiosity and an alternative measure of innovation intensity, and taking the stochastic frontier analysis method to capture corporate innovation efficiency, are conducted to alleviate the concern of self-selection and to guarantee the robustness of the findings of this paper.

Findings

This paper finds strong evidence that firms registered in more religious regions, that is, regions with more Buddhist monasteries within a certain radius, undertake fewer innovation activities as measured by the ratio of R&D investment over total sales income but achieve higher innovation efficiency reflected by the value-relevance of R&D investment.

Originality/value

This paper complements the existing literature by suggesting that religion can serve as an informal social mechanism and performs a “less is more” effect in disciplining corporate innovation activities.

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Nankai Business Review International, vol. 7 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2040-8749

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Article
Publication date: 1 February 2022

Han Yan, Lei Luo, Junfeng Zhang, Wei Du, Dan Huang and Songtao Wang

This paper aims to investigate the influences of dimple location on the heat transfer performance of a pin fin-dimpled channel with upright/curved/inclined pin fins under…

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate the influences of dimple location on the heat transfer performance of a pin fin-dimpled channel with upright/curved/inclined pin fins under stationary and rotating conditions.

Design/methodology/approach

Numerical methods based on a realizable k-ε turbulent model are used to conduct this study. Three kinds of pin fins (upright, curved, inclined) and three dimple locations (front, middle, behind) are studied for Ro varying from 0 to 0.5.

Findings

On the whole, pin fin plays a dominated role in heat transfer performance compared to dimple. The heading path and interaction of the longitudinal secondary flow and jet-like flow critically affect heat transfer performance. The formation, development and impingement of jet-like flow and longitudinal secondary flow are significantly affected by dimple locations. Dimple at behind position shows the poorest heat transfer enhancement.

Originality/value

This study is an extend of another previous study in which an innovative curved pin fin is proposed. The originality of this paper is to evaluate the heat transfer performance for the combined cooling structure of dimple and pin fin, which will provide original and useful application and experience for turbine blade design.

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International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow, vol. 32 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0961-5539

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