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Lin L.-M.,Mei Ho University | Hsia T.-L.,Cheng Shiu University
Computers in Human Behavior | Year: 2011

The rapid advance of information technology and its penetration into the core elements of the business model and organizational structures is enabling profound and significant organizational changes. In such a dynamic environment, firms must be able to continually evolve their capabilities to facilitate electronic business (e-business) innovation. Yet, current research pays little attention to the core capabilities that contribute to e-business innovation in general. This research seeks to identify the core capabilities that are necessary for achieving e-business innovation. We propose a tri-core model of e-business innovation adopted from Swanson (1994), which knits together three cores: business technology, the business model and the value network. We use this model initially to specify the functional areas of the capabilities. Based on data collected through an intensive literature review and an exploratory Delphi study, thirteen essential capabilities were considered as the keys to e-business innovation exploitation and exploration. Firms can facilitate their e-business solutions over time through the successful development of these capabilities. These findings provide great insights for practitioners and scholars alike to better understand the core capabilities for achieving e-business innovation. It can also help practitioners form a template of the requisite in-house management for identifying knowledge gaps and developing action plans. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Kung P.-Y.,National Cheng Kung University | Wang Y.-T.,National Cheng Kung University | Chiu J.-C.,National Cheng Kung University | Hsu Y.-C.,Kun Shan University | And 3 more authors.
Advanced Materials Research | Year: 2011

People usually spend almost 90% of time under various indoor surroundings in their daily lives, and thus the impact of indoor air quality (IAQ) on human health has received much attention recently. In this study, 20 public sites were selected as case studies to compare the difference of indoor air quality measurements. Indoor air quality was first assessed by direct detection apparatus, including CO 2, CO, HCHO, TVOCs, PM 10, PM 25, and O 3. Based on the results of walk-through detection, indoor air contaminants at hot-spot location were measured in a 24 hour period by the EPA standard method. The use of direct detection apparatus has the advantages of easy operation, high mobility, rapid detection, and less cost. However, official data of indoor air quality measurement is based on the detailed measurement by Taiwan EPA's standard methods that possess high precision and accuracy. The comparison of direct detection data and the detailed measurements by standard methods illustrated that there exists a high linear relationship for CO 2, PM 10 and PM 2.5 measurements. It means that direct detection data of CO 2, PM 10 and PM 2.5 are reliable, and direct detection apparatus can be applied to monitoring of these indoor air contaminants for the better control of their accumulations. © 2011 Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.

Wang Y.-T.,National Cheng Kung University | Chiu J.-C.,National Cheng Kung University | Hsu Y.-C.,Kun Shan University | Wu T.-N.,Kun Shan University | And 2 more authors.
Advanced Materials Research | Year: 2011

This study selected 21 representative public sites for the survey of indoor air quality in Tainan area, including hospital, school, fitness center, government office, library, theater, transport station, and supermarket. Indoor air quality was first assessed by direct detection apparatus, including CO 2, CO, HCHO, TVOCs, bacteria, fungi, PM 10, PM 2.5, O 3 and temperature. Based on the results of walk-through detection, the spatial distribution of indoor air contaminants was further measured in a 24 hour period by the EPA standard method. The detailed measurements illustrated HCHO, O 3, PM 10 and PM 2.5 concentrations are lower than the suggested threshold levels in all public sites. CO 2 concentrations at hospitals and school are all exceeding category 1 threshold of 600 ppm. Bacteria exceeding the suggested threshold of 500 CFU/m 3 for category 1 and 1000 CFU/m 3 for category 2 is popular at most public sites. One fitness center was found exceeding the TVOCs threshold of 3 ppm, and outdoor air can be a potential source. The high levels of CO 2 and bacteria were a common indoor air quality problem, and the regulated strategy of crowd control and air conditioning management was required for a healthy indoor environment. © (2011) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.

Chou F.H.-C.,Mei Ho University
Journal of Nursing | Year: 2016

Many catastrophic disasters have happened in Taiwan over the last decade. As disaster is not a special occurrence but rather a part of the norm, mental rehabilitation should be treated as a mainstream issue in psychiatry. The internalization of emergency psychological interventions is necessary for every mental-health professional. The two primary categories of major manmade disasters in Taiwan over the past decade have been gas explosions and powder burns. Both categories have led to the serious injury of many individuals. The physical deformities and job problems faced by burn patients affect their psychiatric and emotional states both directly and indirectly. The psychiatric comorbidities of burn patients include: major depression, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with GAD and PTSD comprising the most significant comorbidities in terms of numbers of diagnoses. To reduce psychological problems in the future, mental-health professionals should use appropriate psychologi cal first aid (PFA) interventions in the early stages of treatment and rehabilitation. Mental rehabilitation is a major and comprehensive rehabilitation process. Mental-health professionals should thus use PFA to treat burn patients as well as provide long-term mental rehabilitation after discharge.

Yang C.-H.,China Medical University at Taichung | Ting W.-J.,China Medical University at Taichung | Day C.H.,Mei Ho University | Ju D.-T.,National Defense Medical Center | And 7 more authors.
International Journal of Molecular Sciences | Year: 2014

Patients with liver cirrhosis also have subtle cardiac structure or function Abnormalities. This cardiac dysfunction commonly occurs in 56% of waiting orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) patients and is defined as cirrhotic cardiomyopathy (CCM). Up to now, there is no standard treatment because CCM does not have a solidly established diagnosis and is based on high clinical suspicion. The liver function of CCM is particularly limited, making patients vulnerable to more drug treatments. Here, we use silymarin (100 mg/kg/day), baicalein (30 mg/kg/day), San Huang Shel Shin Tang (SHSST, 30 mg/kg/day)and β-cyclodextrin modified SHSST (SHSSTc, 30 and 300 mg/kg/day) treatments for a CCl4-induced CCM rat model. The results show that silymarin, baicalein and SHSST treatments can only slightly reduce the collagen accumulation in CCM rat hearts. However, SHSSTc treatment protects the heart in CCM and significantly inhibits collagen acumination and the fibrosis regulating transforming growth factor-β(TGF-β) pathway expression. SHSSTc treatments further reduced the heart weight and the ratio between left ventricular weight (LVW) and tibia length (TL). This experimental data show that water solubility improvedβ-cyclodextrin modified Chinese herbal medicine formula (SHSSTc) can provide an excellent heart protection effect through TGF-βpathway inhibition. © 2014 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

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