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  • Publication . Article . 2016
    Authors: 
    Nancy Armstrong;
    Publisher: Project Muse
  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Padmavathi Rao Sahib; Gerwin van der Laan; Hans van Ees;
    Country: Netherlands

    Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine how firm growth, and its decomposition into acquisitive and organic growth, can serve as an antecedent to the disparity in pay between the CEO and other top management team (TMT) members. Design/methodology/approach Drawing on tournament theory, the authors argue that acquisitive and organic growth strategies have different effects on CEO-TMT pay disparity. Findings The authors find that acquisitive growth, measured through the number and size of acquisitions, increases CEO-TMT pay disparity while organic growth has no effect on CEO-TMT pay disparity. Practical implications The findings, based in the context of the Netherlands, imply that boards in their monitoring activity may need to take into account the potential incentive effects of acquisitive activity as CEOs may have a greater motivation to engage in acquisitions than their fellow TMT members. Originality/value This paper contributes to the literature on relative compensation and incentives and the literature on managerial compensation and firm strategy. To investigate the role of firm growth in increasing CEO-TMT pay disparity, the authors adopt a fine-grained approach along two dimensions. First, the authors disaggregate firm growth into organic and acquisition driven firm growth. Second, the authors disaggregate pay disparity in these components.

  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Miroslav Dado; Marián Schwarz; Alena Očkajová; Richard Hnilica; Daniela Borošová;
    Publisher: Jan Evangelista Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem

    In order to ensure acceptable level of risk associated with exposure to airborne dust they should have been mainly technical and organisation measures at workplaces with enhanced occurance of dust. Local exhaust ventilation (LEV) belongs to principal engineering control for prevention of airborne spreading. The aim of the study was to assess the efficiency of LEV system used at mechanical workshop for controlling respirable fraction of dust during stainless steel grinding activities. Dust control effectiveness was assessed by determining personal exposure levels with and without the use of LEV system. Personal dust samples were collected using a photometer-type dust monitor. On the basis of results it can be concluded that LEV system significantly improved quality of workplace atmosphere at given workplace.

  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Tehila Sasson;
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)

    AbstractThis article investigates the imperial origins of international humanitarianism in the British and international relief mission to Russia during the famine of 1921–1922. The famine triggered the first large-scale international humanitarian mission beyond the scope of the European and American empires. Imperial expertise and knowledge became central to the British as well as international humanitarian response to relieve hungry Russia. From international coordination to national campaigns, British politicians and voluntary aid workers relied on imperial tools and thought. The British involvement in the relief mission to Russia thus provides a fresh perspective on the development of internationalist and nationalist humanitarian projects in the interwar period and their relationship to imperial legacies. Through humanitarian aid, Britain assumed a new role on a global stage. By retooling imperial expertise, humanitarian ethics became part of a project of global governance. Furthermore, with the advice of former colonial experts, a “mixed economy” of voluntary and state aid underlay the collaboration between voluntary and international agencies throughout the famine and after. The history of famine relief provides a case study in the emergence of humanitarian governance in the twentieth century.

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Andrej Kotljarchuk;
    Publisher: Södertörns högskola, Samtidshistoriska institutet
    Country: Sweden

    AbstractThousands of Roma were killed in Ukraine by the Nazis and auxiliary police on the spot. There are more than 50,000 Roma in today’s Ukraine, represented by second and third generation decendants of the genocide survivors. The discussion on Roma identity cannot be isolated from the memory of the genocide, which makes the struggle over the past a reflexive landmark that mobilizes the Roma movement. About twenty Roma genocide memorials have been erected in Ukraine during last decade, and in 2016 the national memorial of the Roma genocide was opened in Babi Yar. However, scholars do not have a clear picture of memory narratives and memory practices of the Roma genocide in Ukraine. A comprehensive analysis of the contemporary situation is not possible without an examination of the history and memory of the Roma genocide before 1991.

  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Carl Erick Hagmann; Neil Cohn;
    Publisher: Elsevier BV

    Recent research has shown that comprehension of visual narrative relies on the ordering and timing of sequential images. Here we tested if rapidly presented 6-image long visual sequences could be understood as coherent narratives. Half of the sequences were correctly ordered and half had two of the four internal panels switched. Participants reported whether the sequence was correctly ordered and rated its coherence. Accuracy in detecting a switch increased when panels were presented for 1 s rather than 0.5 s. Doubling the duration of the first panel did not affect results. When two switched panels were further apart, order was discriminated more accurately and coherence ratings were low, revealing that a strong local adjacency effect influenced order and coherence judgments. Switched panels at constituent boundaries or within constituents were most disruptive to order discrimination, indicating that the preservation of constituent structure is critical to visual narrative grammar.

  • Publication . Article . 2016
    Open Access
    Authors: 
    Jeff A. Jones; Niels G. Waller;
    Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA)

    In this article we develop methods for assessing parameter sensitivity in logistic regression models. To set the stage for this work, we first review Waller's (2008) equations for computing fungible weights in linear regression. Next, we describe 2 methods for computing fungible weights in logistic regression. To demonstrate the utility of these methods, we compute fungible logistic regression weights using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (2010) Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey, and we illustrate how these alternate weights can be used to evaluate parameter sensitivity. To make our work accessible to the research community, we provide R code (R Core Team, 2015) that will generate both kinds of fungible logistic regression weights. (PsycINFO Database Record

  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Sanghoon Han;
    Publisher: CNU Research Institute of Education
  • Open Access
    Authors: 
    Henrique Alvarenga da Silva; Alexandre Sampaio Moura;
    Publisher: Informa UK Limited

    Biostatistics is a critical skill to physicians in an evidence-based medicine era, but teaching basic statistical concepts is challenging. Students often experience anxiety caused by the complexity of statistics and might express negative attitudes toward the subject. We aimed to analyze the effect of an introductory biostatistics course using RStudio on attitude toward statistics and assess its acceptance among medical students. Forty-three 1st-year medical students were included. Pre- and post-course attitudes toward statistics were assessed using the Survey of Attitudes Toward Statistics (SATS-28) scale and technology acceptance was assessed by a Technology Acceptance Model scale at the end of the course. There was a statistically discernible (significant) gain in the scores of three of the four SATS dimensions: affection (p = 0.006, Cohen’s d = 0.442), cognitive competence (p < 0.001, Cohen’s d = 0.605), and difficulty (p = 0.008, Cohen’s d = 0.421). Acceptance of RStudio was moderate to high in 93% of the participants, without statistical differences between genders. RStudio can be useful in the teaching of statistics to medical students, being well accepted and positively associated with students’ attitude toward statistics. Supplementary files for this article are available online.

  • Publication . Preprint . Article . Other literature type . 2015
    Open Access
    Authors: 
    Marco Gonzalez-Navarro; Climent Quintana-Domeque;
    Country: United Kingdom

    This paper provides the first experimental estimation of the effects of the supply of publicly financed urban infrastructure on property values. Using a pre- and post-intervention survey design along with random allocation of first-time street asphalting of residential streets located in peripheral neighborhoods in Mexico, we show that within two years of the intervention households are able to transform their increased property wealth into significantly larger rates of vehicle ownership, household appliances, and home improvements. Increased consumption is made possible via both credit use and less saving. A cost-benefit analysis indicates that the valuation of street asphalting as capitalized into property values is about as large as construction costs, suggesting efficient levels of public good provision.

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