Huafang Li

Huafang Li
University of Pittsburgh | Pitt · Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

PhD

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Introduction
Assistant professor in the Graduate School of Public & International Affairs at University of Pittsburgh. My research interests are research methods, public administration and nonprofit management, and comparative public administration with a focus on China.

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Systematic reviews summarize the progress of studies and pave roads for future research in an academic field. However, conducting a systematic literature review can be burdensome and time-consuming. Computer-assisted methods such as text mining techniques have been increasingly applied to improve systematic reviews in public administration. To test...
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As one of the important ways to promote charity culture, philanthropy education is gaining increasing attention. This mixed-method study compared students' learning outcomes before and after participating in a "Charity Knowledge Program" course. The study explored the effectiveness of the general education of philanthropy by analyzing quantitative...
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Governments and citizens need to coproduce a better response to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the unavailability and inaccessibility of essential information, the information asymmetry between governments and citizens, the misinformation, and the information overload all influence coproduction adversely. NPOs worldwide are making useful inform...
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学生通过“捐着学(learning by giving)”,到底能不能最终学到成为下一代慈善家呢?通过对参加体验式慈善(Experiential Philanthropy)课程的美国和中国大学生的课前课后问卷分析,以及学生对开放问题的文本挖掘,我们发现体验式慈善课程显著提高了学生的公益意识,学业表现,社区参与意向以及未来慈善意向。所以我们认为答案是肯定的:学生抗议通过捐着学学到成为下一代慈善家的知识和技能。
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从经济学角度来看慈善与经济的关系,大体可以分成宏观、中观和微观三个层次。从宏观层面来看,是从整个非营利部门或第三部门的视角出发,研究广义上的公益慈善活动与宏观经济和政府财政之间的关系;从中观层面来看,是从非营利组织视角出发,研究的是公益慈善组织与政府以及商业机构的关系;从微观层面来看,是从个人视角出发,研究的是个体与公益慈善组织之间的关系。从个人参与公益慈善到组成非营利组织到影响宏观经济活动,是一个从微观动机到宏观行为的连续谱系,这里划分为三个层次是为论述方便。
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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is assumed to have a direct influence on firm performance. However, the existing literature provides a mixed depiction of the relationship between CSR and firm performance. In this study, CSR is considered as an enabler for firm performance, rather than a direct driving force. Using a sample of U.S. firms, we t...
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Publicness theory deepens our understanding of differences and similarities of organizational behavior. However, in areas in which public, nonprofit, and private organizations compete to serve people, it remains unclear how the level of dimensional publicness influences individuals' perceptions and choices of organizations. In this study, we presen...
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Governments and citizens need to work together to fight and win the war against the coronavirus and coproduce better health outcomes. However, information asymmetries exist between the two parties and influence coproduction adversely. Effective communication by satisfying different types of citizens’ information needs can reduce the degree of infor...
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This short paper highlights the importance and relevance of studying Chinese public administration. As China becomes an increasingly important member in the global village, more attention should be paid to the study of Chinese public administration. On the one hand, many studies will continually focus on studying Chinese public administration itsel...
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The effectiveness of public policies and the quantity and quality of public goods and services depend on citizens’ coproduction. Without citizens participating in coproduction, public policies, such as educational, healthy, and environmental policies, cannon achieve the desired outcomes. However, there is a gap between the significance of coproduct...
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Government and nonprofit organizations communicate with the public to reduce the degree of information asymmetry that could impede the two parties from working together to achieve higher levels of performance and accountability and coproduce better policy outcomes and public goods. Different organizational communication strategies’ influences, incl...
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Government and nonprofit organizations communicate with the public to reduce the degree of information asymmetry that could impede the two parties from working together to achieve higher levels of performance and accountability and coproduce better policy outcomes and public goods. Different organizational communication strategies’ influences, incl...
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Experiential philanthropy is a form of service-learning where students are provided with money (generally from a foundation) to distribute to nonprofit organizations. The pedagogy is intended to teach students not only about philanthropy but also about how to evaluate philanthropic responses to social issues. In recent years, scholars have begun to...
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Experiential philanthropy is a form of service-learning where students are provided with money (generally from a foundation) to distribute to nonprofit organizations. The pedagogy is intended to teach students not only about philanthropy but also about how to evaluate philanthropic responses to social issues. In recent years, scholars have begun to...
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This is a book review on Don Kettl's book Little Bites of Big Data for Public Policy.
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Book Review: Donald Kettl, Little Bites of Big Data for Public Policy
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Public administration research in mainland Chinarefers to studies on Chinese public sector, such asusing Chinese government data to conductresearch on organizational theories, humanresource management, public budgeting, intersector administration, intergovernmental administration, intellectual history of public administration, as well as many subfi...
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The short article briefly discusses three ways to find data for nonprofit research. The three ways are: re-use old data to answer new questions, use un-used old data, and use big data.
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The article discusses the relations between experiential philanthropy and service learning, explains the importance of experiential philanthropy in higher education, and documents the EP's positive effects on students' learning outcomes and willingness to participate future philanthropic activities, such as volunteering and donating.
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Experiential philanthropy is an innovative service-learning pedagogy that allows students to study social problems and nonprofit organizations and then make decisions about investing funds into nonprofits working to address these problems. Although prior research has shown that instructors’ use of experiential philanthropy is positively associated...
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Experiential philanthropy is an innovative service-learning pedagogy that allows students to study social problems and nonprofit organizations and then make decisions about investing funds into nonprofits working to address these problems. Although prior research has shown that instructors’ use of experiential philanthropy is positively associated...
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This study provides a systematic review of the development of Chinese public administration in English language journals. An analysis of articles in the top twenty-five English-language public administration journals worldwide from 1996 to 2016 confirmed increases in both the number and significance of studies of Chinese public administration. A sy...
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This symposium is a collection of articles that showcases how to improve research on Chinese NPOs. We include articles that incorporate new theoretical frameworks and empirical analyses, and that draw upon novel data, such as the Research Infrastructure of Chinese Foundations (RICF). These articles provide important insights into addressing the mai...
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Recently, increasing numbers of nonprofit studies have used experiments to understand individuals’ charitable giving decisions. One significant gap between experimental settings and the real world is the way in which individuals earn the incomes that they use for charitable donations. This study examined the relationship between individuals’ income...
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This paper provides technical details and user guidance on the Research Infrastructure of Chinese Foundations (RICF), a database of Chinese foundations, civil society, and social development in general. The structure of the RICF is deliberately designed and normalized according to the Three Normal Forms. The database schema consists of three major...
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This study examines the relationship between donor reliance on information and donors’ subsequent charitable giving decisions of both time and money. To examine this relationship, we utilize data from an original survey of residents in San Diego County, California (n = 1,002), asking donors about their charitable activities and the information sour...
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Significance and Context of the Topic The nonprofit sector delivers many public goods and services by relying heavily on both charitable giving and government support from grants and contracts. Understanding why and how citizens voluntarily support the provision of public services and goods has broad implications for public managers and policy make...
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Introduction Before the 1990s, there was very little public management research that employed experimental methods, despite some evidence of early experimentation in the classical roots of public management as discussed in Chapter 3. Margetts (2011), in her review of public management studies using experimental methods, found only a scattering of e...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore the extent to which public service motivation (PSM) can be explained by the big five personality factors. Design/methodology/approach Original data are gathered from two online surveys of public service professionals from across the USA. The two surveys employ the same measures of personality traits...
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Representative bureaucracy has been a topic of research for over half a century, but only recently studied experimentally. Initial empirical findings from two prior experiments – one involving policing, the other recycling – showed gender representation effects on citizens’ trust and cooperation. In this conceptual replication, we examine gender re...
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Relying on the theory of representative bureaucracy—specifically, the notion of symbolic representation—this article examines whether varying the number of female public officials overseeing a local recycling program influences citizens’ (especially women's) willingness to cooperate with the government by recycling, thus coproducing important polic...
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Decentralization is supposed to decrease corruption. Evidences from Former Communist Countries and China tell a different story. The differences of decentralization between China and FCCs can partially explain the differences of corruption between them. Alternatives are needed.

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