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Publication date: 1 March 2008

Yaw M. Mensah, Kevin C. K. Lam and Robert H. Werner

We present, in this study, a method for comparing the relative effectiveness of different non-profit institutions with similar objectives. In addition, we show how this…

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We present, in this study, a method for comparing the relative effectiveness of different non-profit institutions with similar objectives. In addition, we show how this measure of relative effectiveness is related theoretically to their relative efficiency. Relative effectiveness is shown to be a product of the efficacy with which potentially utilizable resources can be converted into usable inputs, and the efficiency with which the inputs are converted to outputs or outcomes. Finally, drawing on developments in data envelopment analysis, we illustrate the new methodology using data from 109 institutions of higher education.

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Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, vol. 20 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1096-3367

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Publication date: 1 April 2000

Ji Li, Kevin Lam and Ping Ping Fu

Past research has suggested the influence of family‐oriented collectivistic culture on the behavior and performance of traditional Chinese manufacturing firms. However…

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Past research has suggested the influence of family‐oriented collectivistic culture on the behavior and performance of traditional Chinese manufacturing firms. However, insufficient empirical research has been conducted to empirically test the influence. More importantly, insufficient research has been conducted to test how the collectivistic culture in Chinese societies would affect the performance of manufacturing firms. This paper addresses these issues by comparing the behaviors and performance of two groups of firms in China, i.e., investment from overseas Chinese firms and investment from non‐Chinese Western firms, in one of China's fast‐growing manufacturing industries. Interesting differences are found between the overseas Chinese firms and those from other foreign countries. The findings support the influence of societal culture on firms' behavior and performance, but do not support the predictions on performance based on the arguments of cultural distance. This paper concludes with a discussion on implications of the findings for both researchers and practitioners.

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The International Journal of Organizational Analysis, vol. 8 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1055-3185

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Publication date: 1 June 1989

M. Natalie Lam and Kevin Y.K. Ng

The traffic flow pattern of the material distribution activitywithin the Canadian Forces was evaluated. The aim was to validate thecurrent operation of the material…

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The traffic flow pattern of the material distribution activity within the Canadian Forces was evaluated. The aim was to validate the current operation of the material traffic system. Sample transportation data were collected, and the traffic flow pattern and utilisations of the Canadian Forces′ scheduled tractor‐trailer units were statistically inferred. Because historical material traffic data were lacking, the material traffic flow pattern for this one‐time snapshot of the transportation system did not provide a basis from which any trend on the Canadian Forces′ vehicle utilisation could be established.

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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Materials Management, vol. 19 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0269-8218

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Publication date: 1 June 1999

Ji Li, Naresh Khatri and Kevin Lam

One of the most important cultural values in Chinese societies is family‐oriented collectivism. This cultural value has had much impact on the structures and strategies…

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One of the most important cultural values in Chinese societies is family‐oriented collectivism. This cultural value has had much impact on the structures and strategies of overseas Chinese firms. Influenced by this cultural value, traditional Chinese firms prefer family ownership and stress hierarchy and centralized decision making, which in turn influence the business strategies of these firms. In recent years, however, the majority of Chinese societies have been in transition, and traditional Chinese culture is also changing. These developments have brought about changes in strategies of the overseas Chinese firms. To study these changes, this paper focuses on the manufacturing industries in a major emerging market, China, and reports evidence of changes in both culture and business strategy of overseas Chinese firms. Concludes with a discussion on the implications of the findings for both researchers and practitioners.

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Management Decision, vol. 37 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Publication date: 1 April 2005

Ji Li, Kevin Lam and Jane W. Moy

To test the effects of ownership structure on the strategy and performance of former state‐owned enterprises (SOEs) in China.

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Purpose

To test the effects of ownership structure on the strategy and performance of former state‐owned enterprises (SOEs) in China.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on a sample of the former state‐owned manufacturing firms listed on the Chinese Stock Exchanges before 1995, we study the ownership effects on firms' diversification strategies and their performances.

Findings

Diversifiers actually have a lower level of state ownership. However, firms' financial performance and other performance dimensions such as new product development and overseas investment are actually better for single‐product producers. Hence, firms with lower state‐ownership tend to be more likely to pursue unrelated diversifications.

Research limitations/implications

The study uses a cross‐sectional design, which makes it difficult to assess the causality of the variables and to study the changes of firm behavior over the years.

Practical implications

The results highlight the need for the improvement of control system in transitional economy such as China before embarking on ownership changes. Without the changes in the control systems, the ownership reform alone seems insufficient to improve the performance of the former SOEs.

Originality/value

This study provides evidence on the effect of ownership control, diversification strategy and performance on formerly SOEs in China. It has important policy implications for reformers in the developing economies engaging in privatizing their SOEs.

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Management Decision, vol. 43 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Publication date: 1 November 2000

Ji Li, Kevin Lam and Yong‐qing Fang

This study deals with one strategic issue for manufacturing firms operating in Asian emerging markets – technology commitment or investment. It compares two different…

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This study deals with one strategic issue for manufacturing firms operating in Asian emerging markets – technology commitment or investment. It compares two different approaches adopted by international manufacturing firms in China, one of the major emerging markets in the world. Analyzing the data from the 100 largest manufacturing firms (in terms of market share) competing in one of China’s manufacturing industries, i.e. electronics, this paper shows an interesting positive relationship between technology investment and firm performance in China’s manufacturing industries. This paper concludes with a discussion on the implications of the findings.

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Integrated Manufacturing Systems, vol. 11 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-6061

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Publication date: 23 December 2010

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Research in Accounting in Emerging Economies
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-0-85724-452-9

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Publication date: 26 August 2014

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Asian Review of Accounting, vol. 22 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1321-7348

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Publication date: 1 March 2008

Thomas E. Vermeer

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Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, vol. 20 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1096-3367

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Publication date: 28 October 2020

Wenyang Wang, Ernest Tak Hei Lam, Dickson K.W. Chiu, Mavis Man-wai Lung and Kevin K.W. Ho

Social networks provide convenient communication and connection among people, and they have become essential in college students' lives. However, problems also come along…

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Purpose

Social networks provide convenient communication and connection among people, and they have become essential in college students' lives. However, problems also come along with increasing concern about trust and privacy issues. This research attempts to investigate the trust and privacy perceptions of university students when using social networks for learning purposes.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper investigated the differences in trust and privacy perceptions between undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) students through an online survey with 96 subjects in Hong Kong. The authors used the Mann–Whitney U test to compare the differences between the responses provided by UG and PG subjects.

Findings

The authors found that both PG and UG students were generally satisfied with the use of social networking sites (SNSs) for learning. However, PG subjects used SNSs more for learning and were more willing to exchange with classmates than UG and PG perceived higher value of SNSs than UG students. The authors also found a relative lack of privacy awareness of UG students.

Practical implications

Based on the study’s findings, the authors made some recommendations about the application of SNSs for learning purposes. The authors also suggest universities provide more guidance and training to students on the privacy issues of SNSs.

Originality/value

Even though some previous studies have focused on studying privacy and trust issues on SNSs, studies that aim at university students in the context of Asia–Pacific are rather limited, especially university students' own trust and privacy perceptions on using SNSs for learning purposes.

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The peer review history for this article is available at: https://publons.com/publon/10.1108/OIR-02-2020-0042

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Online Information Review, vol. 45 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1468-4527

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