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Business and Economics

Section Editor: David Audretsch

David Audretsch is a Distinguished Professor and Ameritech Chair of Economic Development at Indiana University, where he is also serves as Director of the Institute for Development Strategies.  He also is an Honorary Professor  of Industrial Economics and Entrepreneurship at the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London.

Audretsch's research has focused on the links between entrepreneurship, government policy, innovation, economic development and global competitiveness. His books include Everything in its Place: The Strategic Management of Cities, Regions and States with Oxford University Press in 2015 and The Handbook of Local Competitiveness, also with Oxford University Press in 2015. He is co-founder and co-editor of Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal. He was awarded the 2001 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research by the Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research. In 2008 he received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Augsburg, and in September, 2010 he received an honorary doctorate degree from Jonköping University. In 2011 he was awarded the Schumpeter Prize from the University of Wuppertal.

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  1. Content type: Research

    The moral hazards and poor public image of the insurance industry, arising from insurance agents’ unethical behavior, affect both the normal operation of an insurance company and decrease applicants’ confidenc...

    Authors: Na Zhang and Jian Zhang

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2078

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  2. Content type: Case study

    Nowadays, the web increasingly influences retail sales. An in-depth analysis of consumer decision-making in the context of e-business has become an important issue for internet vendors. However, factors affect...

    Authors: Hsiao-Ming Chen, Chia-Huei Wu, Sang-Bing Tsai, Jian Yu, Jiangtao Wang and Yuxiang Zheng

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2046

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  3. Content type: Research

    High frequency financial data modelling has become one of the important research areas in the field of financial econometrics. However, the possible structural break in volatile financial time series often tr...

    Authors: Wen Cheong Chin, Min Cherng Lee and Grace Lee Ching Yap

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1883

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  4. Content type: Research

    The development of high-tech industry has been prosperous around the world in past decades, while technology and finance have already become the most significant issues in the information era. While high-tech ...

    Authors: Ching-Sung Wu, Kuang-Hua Hu and Fu-Hsiang Chen

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1910

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  5. Content type: Research

    Previous studies investigating proximity and collaboration have not clarified personal elements, such as working or communication style. Here, we show that personal proximity—close similarity in terms of perso...

    Authors: Claudia Werker, Ward Ooms and Marjolein C. J. Caniëls

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1751

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  6. Content type: Research

    Customer satisfaction is the key factor for successful and depends highly on the behaviors of frontline service providers. Customers should be managed as assets, and that customers vary in their needs, prefere...

    Authors: Yu-Cheng Lee, Yu-Che Wang, Shu-Chiung Lu, Yi-Fang Hsieh, Chih-Hung Chien, Sang-Bing Tsai and Weiwei Dong

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1577

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  7. Content type: Research

    This research explored a conceptual framework incorporating interrelationships among corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate ability (CA), corporate reputation (CR), and CSR-related transparency on cu...

    Authors: Sung-Bum Kim and Dae-Young Kim

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1537

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  8. Content type: Research

    In this paper, we adopt the network synchronization to measure the collective behavior in the financial market, and then analyze the factors that affect the collective behavior. Based on the data from the Chin...

    Authors: Shouwei Li, Tao Xu and Jianmin He

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1535

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  9. Content type: Research

    The objective of this study is to examine the direct and indirect effect of management practices (procedural justice, coordination approach, communication system, integration strategy, and coping programs) on ...

    Authors: Muhammad Waseem Bari, Meng Fanchen and Muhammad Awais Baloch

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1527

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  10. Content type: Research

    Many studies on the significance of knowledge management (KM) in the business world have been performed in recent years. Public sector KM is a research area of growing importance. Findings show that few author...

    Authors: Chia-Nan Chiu and Huei-Huang Chen

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1520

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  11. Content type: Case study

    With the number of tourists coming to Taiwan growing by 10–20 % since 2010, the number has increased due to an increasing number of foreign tourists, particularly after deregulation allowed admitting tourist g...

    Authors: Yu-Cheng Lee, Yu-Che Wang, Chih-Hung Chien, Chia-Huei Wu, Shu-Chiung Lu, Sang-Bing Tsai and Weiwei Dong

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1191

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  12. Content type: Research

    Pesticides are a significant component of the modern agricultural technology that has been widely adopted across the globe to control pests, diseases, weeds and other plant pathogens, in an effort to reduce or...

    Authors: Elisha Kwaku Denkyirah, Elvis Dartey Okoffo, Derick Taylor Adu, Ahmed Abdul Aziz, Amoako Ofori and Elijah Kofi Denkyirah

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1113

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  13. Content type: Short report

    This study identifies the key motivational factors in enhancing economic performance and increasing new job opportunities for information and communication technology ventures (ICTVs) in South Korea and examin...

    Authors: Eunil Park, Ki Joon Kim, Sang Jib Kwon, Jay Y. Ohm, Angel P. del Pobil and Kyeongsik Yoo

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1039

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  14. Content type: Research

    The paper seeks to establish whether or not remittances promoted financial developments and explore the traceable causality between remittances and financial developments in some countries in Africa. We examin...

    Authors: Nana Kwasi Karikari, Sam Mensah and Simon K. Harvey

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1011

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  15. Content type: Research

    We propose a consolidated risk measure based on variance and the safety-first principle in a mean-risk portfolio optimization framework. The safety-first principle to financial portfolio selection strategy is ...

    Authors: Ebenezer Fiifi Emire Atta Mills, Dawen Yan, Bo Yu and Xinyuan Wei

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:919

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  16. Content type: Research

    Agriculture is an important sector in Ghana’s economy, however, with high risk due to natural factors like climate change, pests and diseases and bush fires among others. Farmers in the Brong-Ahafo region of G...

    Authors: Elvis Dartey Okoffo, Elisha Kwaku Denkyirah, Derick Taylor Adu and Benedicta Yayra Fosu-Mensah

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:873

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  17. Content type: Research

    We build an agent-based cheap talk communication model with dynamic information searching behavior. In this model, agent communicates with its neighbors freely to get true or false information. Moreover, the u...

    Authors: Yongjie Zhang, Yuechen Liu and Xu Feng

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:707

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  18. Content type: Research

    Notwithstanding the rise of trendy coffee café, little is done to investigate revisit intention towards the café in the context of developing markets. In particular, there is a lack of study which provides the...

    Authors: Hiram Ting and Ramayah Thurasamy

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:651

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  19. Content type: Research

    The purpose of this study is to establish rigorous and reliable going concern doubt (GCD) prediction models. This study first uses the least absolute shrinkage and selection operator (LASSO) to select variable...

    Authors: Yeung-Ja James Goo, Der-Jang Chi and Zong-De Shen

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:539

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  20. Content type: Research

    A multi-customer finite production rate (FPR) model with quality assurance and discontinuous delivery policy was investigated in a recent paper (Chiu et al. in J Appl Res Technol 12(1):5–13, 2014) using different...

    Authors: Yuan-Shyi Peter Chiu, Chung-Li Chou, Huei-Hsin Chang and Singa Wang Chiu

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:493

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  21. Content type: Research

    This paper presents a new perspective that there is a double-threshold effect in terms of the technology gap existing in the foreign direct investment (FDI) technology spillover process in different regional C...

    Authors: Hui Wang, Huifang Liu, Zhiyong Cao and Bowen Wang

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:323

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