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Publication date: 20 August 2019

Silvia Fissi, Alberto Romolini and Elena Gori

In recent years, tourists have become more interested in discovery the authenticity of a destination. The albergo diffuso (AD) is a response to this new requirement of…

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Purpose

In recent years, tourists have become more interested in discovery the authenticity of a destination. The albergo diffuso (AD) is a response to this new requirement of tourist experience. The AD indeed is based on an accommodation solution with rooms distributed in various buildings across a village. The purpose of this study is to analyze the AD business model supporting the development of this emerging business opportunity in the accommodation industry.

Design/methodology/approach

The research is conducted with a multiple case study approach, collecting data from different sources such as semi-structured interviews and archival research. The cases are all located in Italy where the AD was applied for the first time.

Findings

The AD business model is based on business idea, value creation and innovation. The business idea is based on the aim to contribute to the renaissance of a village with an emotional link between the entrepreneur and the village. Regarding the value creation, the AD is a form of accommodation that offers more than a hotel experience. The tourist can live like a resident and experiencing local traditions and culture. The innovation is indeed related to the services that are totally different from a traditional hotel.

Originality/value

Considering the previous studies, this research tries to fill the gap concerning the necessity to define the characteristics of the AD business model and to understand the key elements at the base of this hospitality approach.

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International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, vol. 32 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0959-6119

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Publication date: 17 June 2021

Simone Guercini and Silvia Ranfagni

As conviviality can nurture community social capital, this paper aims to investigate how such capital can give rise to economic behaviour in terms of developing business…

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Purpose

As conviviality can nurture community social capital, this paper aims to investigate how such capital can give rise to economic behaviour in terms of developing business relationships.

Design/methodology/approach

The empirical analysis was based on case studies of Italian businesses recognised as active communities that periodically organise convivial activities to fuel reciprocal collaboration. The case studies were constructed by combining a collection of secondary data, in-depth interviews and participant observations.

Findings

This paper shows how: community social capital in convivium emerges from self-narrative stimulated by ritual practices; social trust mobilising a convivial social capital is fuelled by knowledge generated through sharing and empathic relationships; community-based social relations embed business relations and if mediated, community-based business relations can also embed a community business.

Originality/value

The originality of the paper is twofold as it contributes: to understanding how conviviality can be used as a strategic tool for entrepreneurs to develop business relationships from convivial relations; and to finding intersection points between studies on business relationships from social capital and studies on entrepreneurship from community social capital.

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Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1750-6204

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Publication date: 22 September 2020

Simone Guercini and Silvia Ranfagni

This paper aims to investigate the practice of conviviality as the right setting to explore how social capital interacts with business relationships and in particular how…

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Purpose

This paper aims to investigate the practice of conviviality as the right setting to explore how social capital interacts with business relationships and in particular how resources impacting business relationships take shape in social relations.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper has adopted the single case study method combining in-depth interviews, participant observations and focus groups. The investigated case is an Italian business community located in Hangzhou (China), recognized as one of the most active foreign communities in organizing convivial activities.

Findings

The study shows that conviviality contributes to generating resources thereby creating interactions in business relationships via social relations through self-narrative, community feeling and empathy. These resources bear distinguishing features. Based on relationships of trust, they are fitting and mutual knowledge-based resources and they are resources performing a sense of inner time.

Originality/value

The paper contributes to the interpretation of the interplay between business relationships and social capital through conviviality and is in line with a direction of research, which is increasingly involving industrial marketing and purchasing (IMP) researchers, which is the analysis of social capital in business networks.

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Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, vol. 36 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0885-8624

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Publication date: 2 October 2017

Ajay Kumar Dhamija, Surendra S. Yadav and P.K. Jain

The purpose of this paper is to find out the best method for forecasting European Union Allowance (EUA) returns and determine its price determinants. The previous studies…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to find out the best method for forecasting European Union Allowance (EUA) returns and determine its price determinants. The previous studies in this area have focused on a particular subset of EUA data and do not take care of the multicollinearities. The authors take EUA data from all three phases and the continuous series, adopt the principal component analysis (PCA) to eliminate multicollinearities and fit seven different homoscedastic models for a comprehensive analysis.

Design/methodology/approach

PCA is adopted to extract independent factors. Seven different linear regression and auto regressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) models are employed for forecasting EUA returns and isolating their price determinants. The seven models are then compared and the one with minimum (root mean square error is adjudged as the best model.

Findings

The best model for forecasting the EUA returns of all three phases is dynamic linear regression with lagged predictors and that for forecasting EUA continuous series is ARIMA errors. The latent factors such as switch to gas (STG) and clean spread (capturing the effects of the clean dark spread, clean spark spread, switching price and natural gas price), National Allocation Plan announcements events, energy variables, German Stock Exchange index and extreme temperature events have been isolated as the price determinants of EUA returns.

Practical implications

The current study contributes to effective carbon management by providing a quantitative framework for analyzing cap-and-trade schemes.

Originality/value

This study differs from earlier studies mainly in three aspects. First, instead of focusing on a particular subset of EUA data, it comprehensively analyses the data of all the three phases of EUA along with the EUA continuous series. Second, it expressly adopts PCA to eliminate multicollinearities, thereby reducing the error variance. Finally, it evaluates both linear and non-linear homoscedastic models incorporating lags of predictor variables to isolate the price determinants of EUA.

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Journal of Advances in Management Research, vol. 14 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0972-7981

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Publication date: 5 April 2021

Mohammadreza Arasti, Nima Garousi Mokhtarzadeh and Ismail Jafarpanah

The purpose of this paper is to scrutinize the existing literature and provide a comprehensive overview by compiling and synthesizing the dispersed body of knowledge in…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to scrutinize the existing literature and provide a comprehensive overview by compiling and synthesizing the dispersed body of knowledge in the networking capability (NC) literature stream. Therefore, this review study contributes to the research by presenting a summary of the NC complex construct.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors have tried to cover the literature gap in the NC area through a systematic review.

Findings

The theoretical contributions of this study to the NC literature stream are fourfold. First, while critically reviewing existing definitions, the authors present an integrated definition of NC. Second, the authors delineate the conceptual boundary between NC and other similar capabilities. Third, the authors found that the focal firms’ NC consists of two key dimensions: network development capability (NDC) and network management capability (NMC). Fourth, they contribute to the literature by providing a set of suggestions for further research in the NC literature stream.

Research limitations/implications

This study has some limitations, like other review studies. First, although the authors have tried their best to conduct a comprehensive literature search, they may have missed a study. Second, it should be noted that this study has confined itself to a particular stream of literature. Undoubtedly, in other streams, there will be issues similar to the concepts discussed in this study. The main purpose of this study is to integrate a series of studies that have a common theoretical foundation and fall within a particular literature stream. Although the focus of this study may be positive, it can be said that the deprivation of achievements from other similar streams is one of the limitations of this study. Third, another limitation of this study is the lack of verification of the conceptual framework derived from the literature that needs to be addressed in future research.

Practical implications

This study suggests a set of practical implications for industrial managers. First, the authors summarize the firms’ capabilities needed to develop and manage networks in one single source. Based on the conceptual framework of this study, firms can develop managerial tools, technological options, checklists and questionnaires and monitor the status of NC in their surrounding network on an ongoing basis. Second, the present research shows that some NCs are more repetitive than others, and therefore, it can be said that managers should pay more attention to them. The critical NCs, such as determining network position, determining network size, partner selection and attraction, coordination, inter-firm knowledge sharing and conflict resolution, are included in this study. Third, the argument of this study that both NDC and NMC should be considered simultaneously can be thought of as an important practical implication. Although in terms of the network life cycle, NDC is required earlier than NMC, these two capabilities should be used in parallel. Managers should not expect network development to be perfect and then network management to begin; therefore, NMCs should be used during network development.

Originality/value

Research shows that most network studies focus more on network antecedents and outputs and less on processes and related capabilities. Some researchers have made few efforts to identify and scrutinize capabilities related to business relationships. In this context, IMP scholars have introduced NC to emphasize the network perspective. Despite the considerable conceptual and empirical richness, the existence of different nomenclatures and theoretical diversity in NC literature has led to conceptual ambiguity and a lack of consensus on this crucial complex construct.

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Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0885-8624

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Publication date: 1 June 1999

Eileen Oliver

Cuba’s 1959 Revolution brought about dramatic changes not only in that island‐nation but also in the USA. Cubans, and later Cuban‐Americans, have changed the face of Miami…

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Cuba’s 1959 Revolution brought about dramatic changes not only in that island‐nation but also in the USA. Cubans, and later Cuban‐Americans, have changed the face of Miami and south Florida. The economic and social successes of Cuban‐Americans, the third largest Latino group in the USA, are prevalent in scholarly and popular literature. In this annotated bibliography, the author presents journal articles, chapters in books, books, and human rights reports, published between 1990 and 1998, as well as World Wide Web sites, that discuss the Cuban‐American experience. Articles from the popular literature are not included, nor are materials that deal primarily with Cuba or Cuba‐USA relations.

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Reference Services Review, vol. 27 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0090-7324

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Publication date: 25 January 2021

Jose Igor Hleap-Zapata and Gloria Carmenza Rodríguez-de-la-Pava

The purpose of this article was to study the influence of oyster mushroom powder (Pleurotus ostreatus) as a partial substitute for sodium pyrophosphate in frankfurters…

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Purpose

The purpose of this article was to study the influence of oyster mushroom powder (Pleurotus ostreatus) as a partial substitute for sodium pyrophosphate in frankfurters made from red tilapia (Oreochromis spp.) fillets.

Design/methodology/approach

This study looks at adding oyster mushroom powder (OMP) to the emulsion at concentrations of 0, 0.075, 0.150, 0.225 and 0.300% (p/p) in combination with sodium pyrophosphate (PS), which was added at concentrations of 0.225, 0.150, 0.075 and 0%, respectively. A sausage with only sodium pyrophosphate added was evaluated as the control sample. The proximal chemical composition, physicochemical parameters, color, texture, lipid oxidation and sensory characteristics were determined for each treatment.

Findings

The results revealed that adding OMP up to 0.150% (w/w) provided the best conditions for the sausages in terms of pH, lipid oxidation, moisture retention capacity and cooking losses. In addition, the characteristics of texture and color, as well as the sensory evaluation, showed the best values for this OMP and SP ratio, meaning a substitution of sodium pyrophosphate with oyster mushroom powder at this concentration is suitable.

Originality/value

This paper discusses the beneficial properties of oyster mushroom powder, thereby showing potential for the establishment of health-promoting effects of the fish sausages.

Details

British Food Journal, vol. 123 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0007-070X

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