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Publication date: 5 September 2016

Yen-Chun Jim Wu and Ju-Peng Shen

This study aims to provide a complete understanding of academic research into higher education for sustainable development (HESD).

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Purpose

This study aims to provide a complete understanding of academic research into higher education for sustainable development (HESD).

Design/methodology/approach

This study utilizes a systematic review of four scientific literature databases to outline topics of research during the UN’s Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD).

Findings

This study compares research trends and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO’s) strategic perspectives, worldwide topics and the number of studies. The results show that the research trends did not match UNESCO’s perspectives well and that researchers’ focus on popular events led to the variation between the numbers of articles each year. In summary, the findings indicate that most researchers base their topics on environmental issues, and research trends indicate the need for the integration of HESD.

Practical implications

This study provides a systematic review of higher education for academic research into sustainability, and it has implications for researchers and educators by identifying the gaps between the research conducted and the UN’s policies during the DESD.

Originality/value

This study attempts to offer an integrated view of HESD and to understand the bias of research trends during the DESD.

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International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, vol. 17 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1467-6370

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Publication date: 21 August 2017

Yen-Chun Jim Wu and Tienhua Wu

The purpose of this paper is to systematically review the literature on entrepreneurship education (EE) in the Asia Pacific spanning a ten-year publishing period. The…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to systematically review the literature on entrepreneurship education (EE) in the Asia Pacific spanning a ten-year publishing period. The results of previous EE research are summarily analyzed and the key themes are critically addressed.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper presents a systematic literature review of EE articles published from 2007 to 2016 in peer-reviewed, English-speaking journals that are available on the Scopus database. Frequency, bibliometrical data, and research content of the literature review are analyzed.

Findings

Research in this area is experiencing a steady growth, and a small percentage of scholars or countries in the Asia Pacific are found to make significant contributions to a body of knowledge on EE. The findings also show that the majority of studies lack theoretical legitimacy on the definition of EE and its underpinning theories; however, some articles consider an institutional or contextual perspective on EE, present individual-centered pedagogy in a traditional educational context, or indicate the intertwined connections between EE initiatives and economic growth. Thus, the findings manifest EE research in the Asia Pacific as relatively limited across research agenda, viewpoints, and levels.

Research limitations/implications

Based on the discussion on key themes, a multi-faceted and multi-tier perspective and a longitudinal study are suggested to provide broader and deeper understanding of the complexities in EE provision and its role in the relationship with national entrepreneurship. Thus, the gap between Western/Asian research contexts and enabling a common evolving body of knowledge can be bridged.

Practical implications

This study provides valuable insights that can aid educators and policymakers to establish and improve EE design and operations. This study would benefit EE systems in countries of the Asia Pacific region and should improve their practical outcomes. The relevance of integrating functional, personality, and behavioral views into EE development seems difficult but is suitable for EE advancements, thereby boosting the acceptance of entrepreneurship in society and subsequently impacting the economic development of a country.

Originality/value

This study is the first literature review on EE research in the Asia Pacific; it provides a summary analysis of the current state of EE and future directions in theory and practice.

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Management Decision, vol. 55 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Publication date: 21 August 2017

Yen-Chun Jim Wu

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Management Decision, vol. 55 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Publication date: 18 April 2017

Wenzhi Zheng, Yen-Chun Jim Wu, XiaoChen Chen and Shu-Jou Lin

The purpose of this paper is to analyse the mechanism of how Machiavellian corporate culture (MCC) affects employees’ counterproductive work behaviours.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyse the mechanism of how Machiavellian corporate culture (MCC) affects employees’ counterproductive work behaviours.

Design/methodology/approach

Through a three-phase grounded study on the data of a single case amounting to over 170,000 words, this qualitative study explores why employees exhibit counterproductive work behaviours.

Findings

The results indicated that the implications of the MCC of family businesses in China include the following three dimensions: low trust, control orientation, and status orientation. In this corporate cultural context, employees exhibit counterproductive work behaviours because they perceive low organisational justice, psychological contract violation, and low trust. Among them, psychological contract violation serves as a triggering mechanism due to the organisational context and trust is crucial to employee counterproductive work behaviour.

Research limitations/implications

In this study, the results are derived merely from the observation of and generalisation about one case; more therefore, empirical studies are required.

Practical implications

Numerous family business owners in China exhibit a high level of Machiavellian personality traits, and this personality tends to determine the implications of corporate culture. In order to establish a diverse culture, a heterogeneous top manager team must be developed and a new organisational culture must be established from top down.

Originality/value

This study extends the research scopes of employee personality and behaviours as well as leaders’ personality traits and employee emotions, and proposes a theoretical framework of leaders’ personality-culture-employee behaviours as a contribution to studies on organisational behaviour, theories of corporate social responsibility, and development of corporate culture.

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Management Decision, vol. 55 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Publication date: 1 July 2002

Yen‐Chun Jim Wu

Lean logistics refers to the superior ability to design and administer systems to control movement and geographical positioning of raw materials, work‐in‐process, and…

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Lean logistics refers to the superior ability to design and administer systems to control movement and geographical positioning of raw materials, work‐in‐process, and finished inventories at the lowest cost. This study takes a novel view by comparing the practices used by automotive suppliers in the United States to serve Japanese companies vs. those used to serve U.S. companies. This study, taking the supplier's perspective, investigates the strategies that today's automotive parts suppliers take to improve their logistics operations by associating their internal manufacturing practices and customer's external distribution system.

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The International Journal of Logistics Management, vol. 13 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-4093

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Publication date: 5 May 2015

Yen-Chun Jim Wu, Ju-Peng Shen and Tsuang Kuo

– This paper aims to explore the holistic picture of sustainability curricula in Asian higher education.

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Purpose

This paper aims to explore the holistic picture of sustainability curricula in Asian higher education.

Design/methodology/approach

Content analysis was conducted based on Asian management education for sustainability in higher education. Online courses arrangement, teaching methods, instructors’ educational background and cross-referencing data between triple bottom line and sustainability courses have been investigated.

Findings

The paper provides empirical insights about the current state of sustainability education in Asia. The results show that there is an opportunity for interdisciplinary integration, as there are imbalanced sustainability courses offered by business, science and engineering schools. It also suggests that Asian universities should add an international connection and active promotion of sustainability education on their Web sites.

Research limitations/implications

Findings are based on web-based sustainability -related courses. Future research could apply method of case study to do a deeper study.

Practical implications

The paper provides an overview of Asian management education for sustainability and curricula analysis through our research, and that this will further assist in the development of interdisciplinary integration in Asian management education for sustainability.

Originality/value

This paper is the first attempt to gain better understanding of sustainability-related courses offered in leading business/management colleges in Asia.

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International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, vol. 16 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1467-6370

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Publication date: 16 November 2010

Ya Fen Tseng, Yen‐Chun Jim Wu, Wen‐Hsiung Wu and Chun‐Yu Chen

This study aims to investigate CSR‐related practices implemented by small and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs), including their distinct opinions on CSR education.

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Purpose

This study aims to investigate CSR‐related practices implemented by small and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs), including their distinct opinions on CSR education.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire survey was sent to 50 industrial participants from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, including large businesses and SMEs. Factor and ANOVA analyses were adopted in this study.

Findings

The results reveal that large enterprises place more emphasis on the importance of CSR education than SMEs, based on the number of employees, the amount of capital, and business volume. Interestingly, it was also found that there is a positive significant influence on concern for CSR issues, teaching approaches and courses, if a firm sets up a CSR department, has annual CSR reporting, implements CSR, and evaluates its performance.

Originality/value

Despite the critical role of SMEs in national economies, the existing literature on CSR has traditionally focused on large enterprises. This study provides an empirical, valuable step towards an investigation into CSR education for SMEs on three dimensions: CSR issues, CSR teaching approaches, and CSR courses. The findings also highlight individual strategies in shaping CSR programs in Taiwan.

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Management Decision, vol. 48 no. 10
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Publication date: 31 July 2009

Vincent Yu, Hsiu‐I Ting and Yen‐Chun Jim Wu

The purpose of this study is twofold: first, to explore whether a linkage between environmental effects and financial performance exists; and second, to investigate…

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Purpose

The purpose of this study is twofold: first, to explore whether a linkage between environmental effects and financial performance exists; and second, to investigate whether firms displaying more environmental effort show a more significantly positive relationship between environmental performance and financial performance than those displaying less green effort.

Design/methodology/approach

The study adopts correlation analysis of a sample comprising of 51 European companies from 14 industries across 15 countries to investigate the possible relationship between firm environmental performance (including three measures: sustainable value, sustainable value margin, and return to cost ratio) and financial performance.

Findings

The paper does not find a positive relationship between firm environmental performance and financial performance. Both the Pearson correlations and Spearman's rho are statistically insignificant for both the full sample and the carbon‐intensive sectors. When the lag effect on firm financial performance is considered, the result remains the same. The result suggests that corporate good guys in Europe do not necessarily reap the rewards of their green effort.

Research limitations/implications

Future research may investigate the relationship between firm environmental efforts and financial performance across industries with different technologies and product life cycles, or industries with similar pollutions/emissions or usage pattern of natural resources, such as the petroleum industry and the transportation industry.

Practical implications

Although it was not possible to find a positive association between environmental performance and financial performance, still, being perceived as a green company may improve a company's image and reputation, thus attracting more talented workers and green‐conscious customers.

Originality/value

The paper provides a new perspective on the relationship between firm environmental performance and financial performance in monetary terms by taking a broader view at the environmental outcomes. While past studies only measure firm environmental performance based on damaging impacts to the environment, the research also considers the efficiency of resource use by the firm.

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Management Decision, vol. 47 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Publication date: 27 September 2011

Shams Rahman and Yen‐Chun Jim Wu

This study aims to investigate differences among Chinese manufacturers‐cum‐suppliers in their logistics services provided to different local and foreign customers and…

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Purpose

This study aims to investigate differences among Chinese manufacturers‐cum‐suppliers in their logistics services provided to different local and foreign customers and assess the management areas that they must address in order to satisfy the logistics requirements of their customers.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire‐based survey was conducted amongst managers of manufacturing firms in four industries, automotive, telecommunication and computer, household appliance, and electronics, located in the Shanghai region of China. A five‐point Likert scale (1 – least important, 5 – most important) was used to measure the importance of services provided, and assess customer satisfaction level, impact on management of manufacturers, and difficulties and challenges faced by the manufacturers.

Findings

The results indicate that foreign customers place significant emphasis on different services from those of their local counterparts. Results also indicate that many challenges need to be addressed by the manufacturers with respect to HR, customer service, and IT integration. A significant difference between manufacturers' satisfaction levels with local and foreign customers is also noticeable.

Practical implications

Since third‐party logistics (3PL) industry in China is still in its infancy. Most of the Chinese manufacturing firms have to provide major logistics services to their customers. Hence further growth of the Chinese economy depends to a large extent on the ability of the manufacturing firms to provide efficient and effective logistics services. The findings of this study demonstrate that in order for the outsourced manufacturers in China to provide logistics services to local and foreign customers, they are required to restructure their organizations and adjust their operation strategies.

Originality/value

This study is a rare attempt to discuss outsourced manufacturers in China in adjusting their logistics strategies and operations to meet the demands from both local and foreign customers after China's admission to the World Trade Organization.

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Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, vol. 16 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1359-8546

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Publication date: 1 September 2006

Yen‐Chun Jim Wu

The purpose of this paper is to examine the key logistics related skills required at the various levels of management logistics from the licensing certification perspective.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the key logistics related skills required at the various levels of management logistics from the licensing certification perspective.

Design/methodology/approach

This exploratory study utilizes the concept mapping methodology to combine the qualitative expert data with quantitative multivariate statistical analysis.

Findings

The research results suggest that certain components of logistics skills are more important than others depending on the level of management. Assessment format preferences also differ at each assessment level.

Research limitations/implications

This paper is not designed to produce a high level of precision in the output. Instead, this study is structured to explore the possibility of building a licensing/certification framework in Taiwan.

Practical implications

This study serves as a “blueprint” of the logistics certification program in Taiwan and provides a practical reference list for logistics‐related firms for the purpose of training and recruiting. Another implication is that the logistics certification program for the middle‐level logisticians deserves the highest priority over the operational and strategic levels.

Originality/value

This study offers an important first step to establishing an executable logistics licensing/certification program/system.

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Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, vol. 11 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1359-8546

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