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Hanss D.,University of Bergen | Mentzoni R.A.,University of Bergen | Griffiths M.D.,College of Law and Business | Pallesen S.,University of Bergen
Psychology of Addictive Behaviors | Year: 2015

Although there is a general lack of empirical evidence that advertising influences gambling participation, the regulation of gambling advertising is hotly debated among academic researchers, treatment specialists, lobby groups, regulators, and policymakers. This study contributes to the ongoing debate by investigating perceived impacts of gambling advertising in a sample of gamblers drawn from the general population in Norway (n = 6,034). Three dimensions of advertising impacts were identified, representing perceived impacts on (a) gambling-related attitudes, interest, and behavior ("involvement"); (b) knowledge about gambling options and providers ("knowledge"); and (c) the degree to which people are aware of gambling advertising ("awareness"). Overall, impacts were strongest for the knowledge dimension, and, for all 3 dimensions, the impact increased with level of advertising exposure. Those identified as problem gamblers in the sample (n = 57) reported advertising impacts concerning involvement more than recreational gamblers, and this finding was not attributable to differences in advertising exposure. Additionally, younger gamblers reported stronger impacts on involvement and knowledge but were less likely to agree that they were aware of gambling advertising than older gamblers. Male gamblers were more likely than female gamblers to report stronger impacts on both involvement and knowledge. These findings are discussed with regard to existing research on gambling advertising as well as their implications for future research and policy-making. © 2015 American Psychological Association.


Jia X.,Shijiazhuang University of Economics | Rong J.,College of Law and Business
Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering | Year: 2013

At present, with the rapid growth of economy, science and art, the cultural industry has become the new pillar of the social development of China in twenty-first century. The rapid growth of economy, science and art, the cultural industry has become the new pillar of the social development of China in twenty-first century. If the cultural industry turned into the pillar industry of the national economy, system innovation is the key to success. This paper aims to discuss the normal development mode and strategy of cultural industries in China, then analyzed on development model and development strategy of innovation mechanism, finally discussed how to accelerate the development of China's cultural industry and create the new situation of the prosperity development of cultural industry. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media.


Jia X.,Shijiazhuang University of Economics | Rong J.,College of Law and Business
Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering | Year: 2013

On the road of the global development, the growth in cultural industry has significant cultural goods, with services and trade of intellectual property rights of the increasing share of cultural diversity and the contemporary globalization and the related factors. In addition, more and more people realize that it is essential to protect and promote cultural diversity, whose position is that, the only prerequisite to achieve sustainable development. To Finnish market promotion and industrial transition of culture industry, we have conducted a comprehensive, three-dimensional analysis from development, industrial innovation and other aspects of the culture industry. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media.


Jia X.,Shijiazhuang University of Economics | Rong J.,College of Law and Business
Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering | Year: 2013

The Internet is the main source of information communication, while internet technology has very important potential value on the evolution of culture development. However, the attempts to use large network technique in the new culture model are blocked in the current leading technology. In this paper, we present an overview of a new cultural evolution model, which is based on internet technology development and modeling. The method is based on the stereotypical culture model, such as describing beliefs, perceptions and values of cultural groups and so on. The method is used for subsequent development of ontology, and how to force these models based information extraction capability. We build the model of culture for the network information extraction method, and also provide a better space for the future development of Cultural Revolution. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media.


Huffman S.P.,College of Law and Business | Moll C.R.,College of Law and Business
Algorithmic Finance | Year: 2012

We investigate the relation between various alternative risk measures and future daily returns using a sample of firms over the 1988-2009 time period. Previous research indicates that returns are not normally distributed and that investors seem to care more about downside risk than total risk. Motivated by these findings and mixed empirical evidence supporting theoretical positive risk-return relationship, we model the relation between future returns and risk measures and investigate the following questions: (1) Are investors compensated for total risk and/or asymmetric measures of risk? (2) How does the degree of risk aversion in the lower tail of the return distribution impact the predictability of future returns? (3) Is upside risk or downside risk a better predictor of future returns? We find that, although investors seem to be compensated for total risk, measures of downside risk, such as the lower partial moment, are better at explaining future returns. Further, when comparing downside risk to upside risk, we find that investors are more concerned about downside risk. That is, downside risk is a better predictor of future returns. Our results are robust to the addition of traditional control variables, including size, book-to-market ratio of equity (B/M), leverage, and market risk measures, including beta, downside beta and co-skewness. Our findings are an important contribution to the literature as we document a positive risk-return relationship, using both total and asymmetric measures of risk. © 2011 - IOS Press and the authors.


Information overload has been studied extensively by decision science researchers, particularly in the context of task-based optimization decisions. Media selection research has similarly investigated the extent to which task characteristics influence media choice and use. This paper outlines a study which compares the effectiveness of web-based online product review systems for facilitation of trust and purchase intention to those of mobile product review systems in an experiential service setting (hotel services). Findings indicate that the extensiveness of information in the review increases trust and purchase intention until that information load becomes excessive, at which point trust and purchase intention begin to decrease. The magnitude of this decline is smaller in web-environments than in mobile environments, suggesting that web-based systems are more effective in fostering focus and are less prone to navigation frustration, thus reducing information overload. © 2016 Institute of Applied Informatics at University of Leipzig


Ballantine P.W.,College of Law and Business | Lin Y.,College of Law and Business | Veer E.,College of Law and Business
Computers in Human Behavior | Year: 2015

The purpose of this paper is to examine how social media users' comments influence people's perception of information on Facebook. This was explored in the context of relationship status updates, where a person makes an announcement via Facebook about the formation or dissolution of a real-world romantic relationship. An online experiment was conducted to investigate how positive or negative changes in a relationship status, in conjunction with either positive or negative comments toward the relationship status update, can influence attitudes toward the announcement made. Data was collected from 453 participants using a between-subjects 2 × 2 factorial design. The findings suggest that comments from other users alter perceptions of a Facebook relationship status update. Not only do we show that positive comments lead to favorable attitudes toward the status and negative comments lead to poorer attitudes toward the status, the research also shows that observers' attitudes toward an updated relationship status are more driven by the valence of the comments than the nature of the status. That is, positive Facebook statuses can be seen as negative if the comments associated with the status are negative in nature. Implications toward theories of community formation and management online are presented as well as contributions toward those using social media as a means of promoting themselves to others. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Stewart B.,Victoria University of Melbourne | Outram S.,Victoria University of Melbourne | Smith A.C.T.,College of Law and Business
Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports | Year: 2013

Using qualitative life-course and pathway analysis, this article explores the beliefs that serious club cyclists have about performance improvement, and what they think are appropriate and inappropriate ways of achieving it. We interviewed 11 cyclists from suburban clubs in Melbourne, Australia, and invited them to discuss their approach to training, racing, and supplementation. We found that each of the 11 cyclists were not only committed to the sport, but also paid a keen interest in bike technology and training regimes. In addition, they believed that supplement use was integral to meeting the physical and mental demands of their sport, even at club level. They also understood that supplement use, like training regimes, followed a sequential pathway where the accumulation of capacity, know-know, and knowledge, allowed progression to the next level of performance. And, like similar studies of club cycling in Europe, this cohort of cyclists balked at using banned substances, but also believed that in order to effectively transition to the elite - that is, professional - level, some additional supplement and drug-use was essential. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


Barrett N.,College of Law and Business
Nanotechnology Law and Business | Year: 2011

This article examines the regulation of nanotechnology in the European Union food industry and the resulting legal issues that arise for consumers who consume these food products and the work-ers who manufacture them. Research suggests that nanomaterials may have adverse effects to hu-man health which raises questions about the civil liability of manufacturers who supply consumers with defective products that cause injury to the consumer. It could prove difficult for a consumer to prove that a specific nanomaterial caused their injury due to their minute size and knowledge defi-cit concerning how nanomaterials interact with the body.


PubMed | College of Law and Business
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of business continuity & emergency planning | Year: 2016

Business Continuity Planning (BCP) is well established as a key plank in an organisations risk management process. But how effective is BCP when disaster strikes? This paper examines the experiences of organisations following the 2010-11 Canterbury, New Zealand earthquakes. The study finds that BCP was helpful for all organisations interviewed but more attention is needed on the management of societal and personal impacts; development of employee resilience, identification of effective crisis leaders; right-sizing plans and planning to seize opportunities post-disaster.

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