Journal of Asia Pacific Business Innovation and Technology Management

Volume 4, No. 2, June 2014


Title
Exploring the Adoption of Hybrid Electric Vehicles in Taiwan: An Environmental Benefits Perspective

ABSTRACT

In 2010, there were about 1.02 billion vehicles worldwide, and we can expect this number to reach 1.7 billion by 2035 (IEA, 2011). The Bureau of Energy (2013) pointed out that 17.6% of the total energy in Taiwan is mostly (94%) used in cars and motorcycles. Former Vice President of the United State, Al Gore, advocated “saving the earth by reducing carbon dioxide usage” in his famous video “An Inconvenient Truth” which demonstrates the fact that the health of our earth is getting worse, and that there must be some ways in which people can stop or alleviate environmental destruction.

The term “Hybrid vehicle” signifies that a vehicle uses two or more distinct power sources (e.g., electricity and gasoline). In some cases, both electricity and fuel are consumed interchangeably for the purpose of power complementarity, leading to the hybrid vehicle achieving greater fuel economy. Data collected from 151 users were empirically tested against the research model using regression analysis. The results reveal that symbolic benefits and motivational benefits were significant antecedents of environmental benefits, whereas functional benefits and economic benefits were not. Several recommendations for research and practice have been derived from these findings.

Keywords: Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV), Symbolic Benefits, Functional Benefits, Economic Benefits, Motivational Benefits, Environmental Benefits

Authors
Chien-Wen Chen
Pei-Hsin Yu
Chiang-Yu Cheng
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Title
Partnerships, Human Resource Management and organizational Performance

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is two-fold: (1) to examine the relationship between partnerships, human resource management and organizational performance; (2) to investigate whether or not partnerships affects organizational performance through the mediating effect of human resource management. A structural questionnaire is used to collect information with a five-point Likert-type scale. The measurement model is first assessed with confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), and the hypothesized relationships are then tested using structural equation modelling (SEM). Lastly, the mediating effect is examined using a path analysis. The results show that partnerships have a positive influence on both human resource management and organizational performance, and that human resource management has a positive effect on organizational performance. Partnerships also have a positive effect on organizational performance through the mediating effect of human resource management.

Keywords: Partnerships, Human Resource Management, Organizational Performance

Authors
Yung-Ming Shiu
Tsu-Wei Yu
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Title
The Study of Impact on Product Innovation in Processed Food Industry on Organization Performance: A Case Study of Listed Food Industry in the Stock Exchange of Thailand

ABSTRACT

This research had two objectives as follows: (ì) to study factors impacted on product innovation and (ìì) to study the influence of product innovation on organization performance in entrepreneurial perspective. The target population was the food industry in Thailand which was a manufacturer group of processed food (frozen/chilled, ready-to-eat) and listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. There were 10 companies by a purposive sampling of five companies. It was studied and collected data by a literature review from researches, articles, databases, and interviews of senior executives who were in charge of product development and research and development. As for an analysis of collected data, it used a relation of co-factors. The results of the study showed that: ì) factors impacted on product innovation of the processed food industry including demand uncertainty, market orientation, competition intensity, technological turbulence, organizational culture, operational efficiency, and research and development; and ìì) innovative products was a part of influencing on sales increase.

Keywords: Demand Uncertainty, Organizational Culture, Operational Efficiency, Research and Development, Technology, Product Innovation

Authors
Rujipas Potongsangarun
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