Society

Business concepts of systemic service innovations in e-Healthcare
This paper contributes to the current understanding of systemic service innovations by making intensive inquiries into the issue of how to formulate a commercially viable business concept for e-healthcare. Business models as key to success in service innovations require formulating and articulating a good and meaningful business concept right from the beginning. Taking into account the systemic...


Exploring holistic intuitive idea screening in the light of formal criteria
The aim of the article is to achieve a better understanding of idea screening selection based on intuition in relation to formal specific criteria. Four experienced experts used two approaches to independently evaluate a set of 83 ideas. The first approach was “gut feeling”, whereby the experts rated each idea on the basis of their intuition. In the second approach the same ideas were rated...
How Autonomous Are Collective Agents? Corporate Rights and Normative Individualism
Corporate responsibility requires a conception of collective agency on which collective agents are able to form moral judgments and act on them. In spite of claims to the contrary, existing accounts of collective agency fall short of this kind of corporate autonomy, as they fail to explain how collective agents might be responsive to moral reasons. I discuss how a recently proposed conception o...


The Metaphysics and Politics of Corporate Personhood
This paper consists of brief critical comments on Chapter 8, “Personifying Group Agents”, of Christian List’s and Philip Pettit’s book Group Agency (2011). A first set of objections concerns the chapter’s history of ideas. List and Pettit present the history of the idea of corporate personhood as divided between “intrinsicist” and “performative” conceptions. I argue that this ...
On the Causality and Cause of Returns to Organizational Status: Evidence from the Grands Crus Classes of the Medoc
This paper identifies the causal symbolic effect of status on the prices organizations charge for their products. I exploit the classification of the châteaux of the Médoc, which sorted 61 wine producers into five growth classes in 1855, as a fixed hierarchical symbol of class status. The classification has defied attempts at revision for more than 150 years. This means that a ch&a...


Evaluating Collaboration for Effectiveness: Conceptualization and Measurement
Although collaboration is recognized as an effective means to address multifaceted community issues, successful collaboration is difficult to achieve and failure is prevalent. To effectively collaborate, collaborators must recognize the strengths and weaknesses within their own efforts. Using Mattessich and colleagues’ work as a springboard, a seven-factor model of effective collaboration...
Improving Daylight Performance of Light Wells in Residential Buildings; Nourishing Compact Sustainable Urban Form
Compact city is one of the main constructs created in support of sustainable cities around the world. It helps to decrease urban sprawl and protect green and agricultural lands while reducing the demand on transportation. Compactness is foreseen to create urban microclimates that help reduce energy consumption in buildings. The objective of the current research is to investigate the effect of l...

Studying the effect of “cool” coatings in street urban canyons and its potential as a heat island mitigation technique
Surface temperature measurements carried out during summer period, at canyons’ facades, pavements and street inside a deep urban canyon, in the center of Athens. At the same time experimental data of air temperature were collected through extensive monitoring in the center of the urban canyon. CFD simulations performed in order to calculate surface temperature in buildings’ facades and at s...
Strengthening Japan's Defense Force
Inaugurated in December 2012, the second Abe administration embarked upon a number of initiatives, including recovery after the Great East Japan Earthquake and economic revitalization. Japan's defense force is also an area for review and deliberation. To be better prepared to respond to natural disasters as well as to promote cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, Japan is pursuing strengthene...

Liberal Patriotism in Hong Kong
Since Hong Kong's reunification with the People's Republic of China in 1997, debates about patriotism have erupted from time to time in Hong Kong. Considering Hong Kong's socio-political background, the feelings and attachment of Hongkongers towards their motherland are unsurprisingly complex. We therefore need a multidimensional concept to capture the complexities of Hong Kong patriotism. Base...
Eastern partnership migrants in Germany: outcomes, potentials and challenges
Despite the ongoing dialogue on facilitating mobility between the European Union and the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, very little is known about the magnitude and characteristics of migration from these countries. We find that EaP migrants experience worse labor market outcomes than other migrant groups, but current and potential migrants hold qualifications in those areas were skill sh...

Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes by Mary M. Talbot
The terms James Joyce and graphic novel may seem like an unlikely pairing of phrases, but this combination is stylized through the composition of the husband and wife team Mary M. and Bryan Talbot in their 2012 Costa Award–winning publication Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes. While Mary composed the novel’s written narrative, Bryan provided the illustrations. As Mary’s first graphic novel, i...
The Valkyrie’s Gender: Old Norse Shield-Maidens and Valkyries as a Third Gender
The valkyrie is a figure familiar to many: from television to opera, armored, weapon-carrying warrior women march through modernity’s imaginary worlds. The inspiration for these warrior women comes from diverse sources: stories of the Amazons, Celtic goddesses of war, Joan of Arc, and any number of narratives, myths, and other, often pseudo-historical retellings of the lives of past women. Va...
Reaping the Bloody Harvest: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the US Imperial Project
In 1993, US President Bill Clinton compromised his campaign promise to end the ban on gays in the military when his administration faced widespread opposition from military brass, service members, and the civilian public. Instead of ending the ban outright, Clinton created a new policy called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue, Don’t Harass,” which presumably allowed lesbian, gay,...
Refuting “Refugee Chic”: Transnational Girl(hood)s and the Guerilla Pedagogy of M.I.A
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a radical woman of color in possession of a microphone is a revolution waiting to happen. Weaned on the bitter milk of colonialism, spitting spiced manifestos in the ghetto slang of an appropriated tongue, a female desi [South Asian diasporic] MC with skills is a glorious phenomenon to behold. Shaped by all the joys, contradictions, challenges and ...