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Publication date: 7 July 2023

Xiaofan Tang and Shaobo Wei

This study aims to develop a cross-level research model to explore the relationship between team-level contextual ambidexterity and employees' enterprise system (ES) ambidextrous…

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to develop a cross-level research model to explore the relationship between team-level contextual ambidexterity and employees' enterprise system (ES) ambidextrous use, and the mediating role of user empowerment in and moderating effect of leader–member exchange (LMX) on the relationship.

Design/methodology/approach

This study conducted a sequential mixed-methods approach, which included a quantitative survey and a qualitative case study. The survey, administered to 244 employees in 59 groups from a financial institution, analyzed the relationships between contextual ambidexterity and ES ambidextrous use. Furthermore, the cross-level mediation and moderation effects were explored. The case study, involving nine members in three groups from a manufacturing firm, served to reinforce the validity of the survey results.

Findings

Team-level contextual ambidexterity can affect ES ambidextrous use directly or through the partial mediator of user empowerment. Furthermore, this study highlights the moderating role of LMX in the relationship between contextual ambidexterity and user empowerment, thereby improving ES ambidextrous use.

Originality/value

This study contributes to the literature by uncovering the cross-level effect of contextual ambidexterity on ES ambidextrous use through user empowerment, thereby extending the ambidexterity perspective and self-determination theory to the ES context. Additionally, this study provides nuanced insights into how to enhance ES ambidextrous use by revealing the moderating role and moderated mediation effect of LMX anchoring on social exchange theory.

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Internet Research, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1066-2243

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Article
Publication date: 17 August 2021

Xiaofan Tang and Shaobo Wei

Based on leadership and self-efficacy theories, this study investigates how team-level ambidextrous leadership influences employees' enterprise system (ES) use via their…

Abstract

Purpose

Based on leadership and self-efficacy theories, this study investigates how team-level ambidextrous leadership influences employees' enterprise system (ES) use via their self-efficacy.

Design/methodology/approach

This study collected data from a cross-sectional survey including 218 employees working in 56 workgroups in a Chinese financial institution. The authors used a cross-level mediation analysis to test the research model.

Findings

The authors find that ambidextrous leadership influences employees' creative self-efficacy and performance self-efficacy and further improves employees' ES use. Moreover, creative self-efficacy mediates the relationship between ambidextrous leadership and explorative use, whereas performance self-efficacy mediates the relationship between ambidextrous leadership and both explorative and exploitative use.

Originality/value

This study first examines the relationships among ambidextrous leadership, self-efficacy and employees' ES use by developing a cross-level model. Furthermore, by considering ambidextrous leadership as an important team-level factor, this study extends a deeper understanding of ambidexterity theory of leadership in the ES context. In addition, our study extends self-efficacy theory by examining the mediating roles of the two types of self-efficacy (i.e. performance self-efficacy and creative self-efficacy) on ambidextrous leadership–ES use relationship.

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Information Technology & People, vol. 35 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0959-3845

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Article
Publication date: 17 February 2023

Shengqian Li and Xiaofan Zhang

An active disturbance rejection controller (ADRC) based on model compensation is proposed in this paper. The method should first be taken a nominal model of the robot to…

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Purpose

An active disturbance rejection controller (ADRC) based on model compensation is proposed in this paper. The method should first be taken a nominal model of the robot to compensate. Subsequently, the uncertain external disturbance is estimated and compensated is used an expansion state observer (ESO) in real time, which can reduce the estimating range of observation for ESO. The purpose of this paper is to suggest a novel method to improve the system tracking performance, as well as the dynamic and static performance index.

Design/methodology/approach

A welding robot is a complicated system with uncertainty, time-varying, strong coupling and a nonlinear system; it is more complex as if it is used in an underwater environment, and it is difficult to establish an accurate dynamic model for an underwater welding robot. Aiming at the tracking control of an underwater welding robot, it is difficult to achieve the control performance requirements by the conventional proportional integral derivative method to realize automatic tracking of the seam.

Findings

The simulation experiment is carried out by MATLAB/Simulink, and the application experiment is recorded. The experimental results show that the control method is correct and effective, and the system’s tracking performance is stable, and the robustness and tracking accuracy of the system are also improved.

Originality/value

The seam gets plumper and smoother, with better continuity and no undercut phenomenon.

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Industrial Robot: the international journal of robotics research and application, vol. 50 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-991X

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Article
Publication date: 28 January 2014

Yingxia Cao and Xiaofan Li

The paper aims to establish a quality assurance framework for Chinese private higher education (PHE) in particular and for any newly-established higher education sector in…

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to establish a quality assurance framework for Chinese private higher education (PHE) in particular and for any newly-established higher education sector in general.

Design/methodology/approach

This research relied on published qualitative and quantitative data, existing literature, historical documents, and the authors' observations. It described the PHE growth context, analyzed the quality issue from three dimensions (academic, administrative, and relationship quality), and examined its quality assurance practice through three players.

Findings

The paper provides empirical insights about how quality and quality assurance issues have impacted on PHE development. To approach the issues, it suggests a “quality assurance triangle” framework that is composed of three PHE players (government, market, institution) and their joint association.

Research limitations/implications

Because of the relative position of each player in current quality assurance, the success of its implementation in China depends on how the government establishes the triangle system and balances its dominating roles to ensure each of the players act independently and collaboratively.

Practical implications

This framework provides directions for establishing an appropriate quality assurance system for PHE in China.

Originality/value

This paper fulfills an identified need to setup a sound quality assurance system for PHE in China and contributes to quality assurance literature with a new framework.

Details

Quality Assurance in Education, vol. 22 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0968-4883

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