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Special Issue "Modern Statistical Techniques and Sustainability Studies: Selected Papers from the 9th International Conference on PLS and Related Methods (PLS'17)"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 October 2017)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ivan K. W. Lai

Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Hong Kong 999077, China
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Interests: tourism and consumption; information technology and management; carbon reduction and transportation
Guest Editor
Dr. Yide Liu

Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau 999078, China
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Interests: sustainable cities; competitive and sustainable strategy; information systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

By comparing with first-generation statistical techniques (e.g., linear regression, ANOVA, MANOVA), second-generation techniques can provide a more rigorous analysis by assessing the structural model and the measurement model at the same time. With the proliferation of second-generation statistical techniques in nutrition, technology, energy, economics, sustainable cities, management, consumption and other sustainability disciplines, it is time to have a a dearth of understanding regarding the role that second-generation statistical techniques can play toward achiving social and environmental sustainability studies.

This Special Issue will address wide-ranging topics on modern statistical techniques and sustainability studies, espeically the original methodological contributions in modern statistical techniques with application in areas and disciplines related to management, social sciences, chemometrics, sensory analysis, industry, tourism and life sciences including genomics. It is hoped that the broad scope of this Special Issue will encourage submissions from across several disciplines.

Dr. Ivan K. W. Lai
Dr. Yide Liu
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Social sustainability
  • Applied statistics
  • Sustainable development index and index research
  • Partial least squares
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Tourism and consumption
  • Information technology and management
  • Sensory analysis

Published Papers (6 papers)

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Open AccessArticle Awe: An Important Emotional Experience in Sustainable Tourism
Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2189; doi:10.3390/su9122189
Received: 27 September 2017 / Revised: 30 October 2017 / Accepted: 24 November 2017 / Published: 27 November 2017
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“Awesome” is one of the most highly desirable experiences for tourists. This study investigates how tourists’ awe emotion is induced when tourists visit sacred mountains and how the awe experience influences their satisfaction. A survey is administrated at a famous sacred mountain in
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“Awesome” is one of the most highly desirable experiences for tourists. This study investigates how tourists’ awe emotion is induced when tourists visit sacred mountains and how the awe experience influences their satisfaction. A survey is administrated at a famous sacred mountain in China—Mount Emei. Results reveal that the awe experience is more elicited by the perceived vastness of natural environment for secular tourists, while is more encouraged by the perceived sanctity of religious ambience for pilgrim tourists. Awe experience is a mediator between the sense of perceptual vastness/sanctity and tourists’ satisfaction. The mediation relationships through awe experience are moderated by the visitor types (pilgrims and secular tourists). Findings suggest that destination marketers should apply tourism strategies to encourage tourists’ sense of awe. Full article
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Open AccessArticle The Impact of Managerial and Adaptive Capabilities to Stimulate Organizational Innovation in SMEs: A Complementary PLS–SEM Approach
Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2157; doi:10.3390/su9122157
Received: 16 October 2017 / Revised: 6 November 2017 / Accepted: 19 November 2017 / Published: 23 November 2017
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The aim of this study is to empirically explore and propose a rigorous model for the positive impact of managerial capability (in terms of decision-making, management style, people development, and succession planning) and adaptive capability (in terms of horizon scanning, change management, and
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The aim of this study is to empirically explore and propose a rigorous model for the positive impact of managerial capability (in terms of decision-making, management style, people development, and succession planning) and adaptive capability (in terms of horizon scanning, change management, and resilience) on organizational innovation in the context of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The study uses partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS–SEM) to test the model hypotheses, and importance-performance matrix analysis (IPMA) to provide information regarding the significance and relevance of the dimensions of managerial and adaptive capability in explaining organizational innovation in the proposed model. The empirical data is gathered through questionnaires from 210 SMEs. The results show a strong and significant relationship between managerial capability, adaptive capability, and organizational innovation. This study found that all of the dimensions of managerial capability and adaptive capability help to develop and improve the performance of organizational innovation in SMEs. The study concludes with a comprehensive discussion of the research limitations, and provides suggestions for future research. Full article
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Open AccessArticle The Effect of Cross-Border E-Commerce on China’s International Trade: An Empirical Study Based on Transaction Cost Analysis
Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 2028; doi:10.3390/su9112028
Received: 19 September 2017 / Revised: 21 October 2017 / Accepted: 1 November 2017 / Published: 6 November 2017
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Reducing transaction costs by means of policy intervention could generate comparative advantages and contribute to the growth of international trade. Chinese government agencies have introduced a number of policies in support of rapidly growing cross-border e-commerce to promote China’s international trade. However, the
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Reducing transaction costs by means of policy intervention could generate comparative advantages and contribute to the growth of international trade. Chinese government agencies have introduced a number of policies in support of rapidly growing cross-border e-commerce to promote China’s international trade. However, the previous literature has not empirically verified the precise effect of these policies on the growth of international trade while focusing on the impact of cross-border e-commerce on trade distance and consumer welfare. To address this gap, this paper investigates the impact of cross-border e-commerce on international trade in the context of China, mainly from the perspective of transaction cost economics in conjunction with the traditional comparative advantage model by analyzing information cost, negotiation cost, transportation cost, tariffs and middlemen cost separately. Firstly, the new theoretical model suggests that cross-border e-commerce may have a positive role in promoting international trade only when the negative impact caused by tariff cost and transportation cost is offset. Secondly, our result shows that cross-border e-commerce has a positive effect on the growth of China’s international trade in each year. However, the positive effect does not show incremental growth over time, possibly as a result of the weak implementation of favorable policies in trade, in addition to global trade shrinking. Full article
Open AccessArticle Risk Assessment System Based on WebGIS for Heavy Metal Pollution in Farmland Soils in China
Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1846; doi:10.3390/su9101846
Received: 27 August 2017 / Revised: 4 October 2017 / Accepted: 12 October 2017 / Published: 19 October 2017
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Heavy metal pollution in farmlands is a serious threat to sustainable agricultural development and has become a major agro-ecological problem that has attracted public concern in China. This study proposes a soil–crop collaborative risk assessment model that aims to assess the potential safety
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Heavy metal pollution in farmlands is a serious threat to sustainable agricultural development and has become a major agro-ecological problem that has attracted public concern in China. This study proposes a soil–crop collaborative risk assessment model that aims to assess the potential safety risks of heavy metal pollution in farmland soils by considering the concentrations of heavy metals in soils and the accumulation effects of heavy metals in crops. Based on these effects, a decision support system for risk assessment of heavy metal pollution in farmland soil is established, in which technologies such as web-based geographic information system, quick response code, radio frequency identification, and web service are introduced as the bases. The proposed system is composed of a mobile data acquisition terminal (MDAT) and a web-based information system (WIS). The MDAT, which is a portable computerized device running on the Android platform, is used for data acquisition or query, and the WIS is used for risk assessment, data management, and information visualization. The system is employed in some county-level cities in China for risk assessment and supervision of heavy metal pollution in farmlands. The practical application results show that the system provides highly efficient decision support for risk assessment of heavy metal pollution in farmland soils. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Voice Behavior, Supervisor Attribution and Employee Performance Appraisal
Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1829; doi:10.3390/su9101829
Received: 21 August 2017 / Revised: 8 October 2017 / Accepted: 9 October 2017 / Published: 12 October 2017
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Employees contribute to the sustainability of organizations in many ways, yet the specific impact of employee voice on employee performance appraisal, as an element of organization sustainability, is not clear. Based on the attribution theory, we present a model to investigate the relationship
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Employees contribute to the sustainability of organizations in many ways, yet the specific impact of employee voice on employee performance appraisal, as an element of organization sustainability, is not clear. Based on the attribution theory, we present a model to investigate the relationship between employee voice and employee performance appraisal. Using the PLS (Partial Least Squares) method, we test our model’s hypotheses with 273 dyads of supervisor-employee questionnaires administered on a branch of a state-owned enterprise in China. The results show that promotive voice is positively attributed to prosocial motives and constructive motives, while prohibitive voice is not significantly attributed to prosocial motives and constructive motives. The attribution of prosocial motives and constructive motives has a significant and positive effect on employees’ performance appraisal. Moreover, the attribution of prosocial motives and constructive motives fully mediates the relationship between promotive voice and performance appraisal, but has no mediating effects on the relationship between prohibitive voice and performance appraisal. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Do National Cultural Traits Affect Comparative Advantage in Cultural Goods?
Sustainability 2017, 9(7), 1153; doi:10.3390/su9071153
Received: 30 May 2017 / Revised: 23 June 2017 / Accepted: 26 June 2017 / Published: 1 July 2017
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Trade in cultural goods is making an increasingly significant contribution to international trade, but its flows are very uneven across regions, which has raised concerns over cultural homogenization. This paper considers various aspects of national culture as possible explanations for comparative advantage in
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Trade in cultural goods is making an increasingly significant contribution to international trade, but its flows are very uneven across regions, which has raised concerns over cultural homogenization. This paper considers various aspects of national culture as possible explanations for comparative advantage in cultural goods. Using data from 98 countries over the period 2004 to 2014, and employing Hofstede’s multidimensional approach to culture, we test the relationship between the dimensions of national culture and comparative advantage in cultural goods. We find that the cultural dimensions of individualism, masculinity, long-term orientation, and indulgence are positively associated, whereas the cultural dimensions of power distance and uncertainty avoidance are negatively associated with comparative advantage in cultural goods. Full article
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