Stefano Za

Stefano Za
"G. d'Annunzio" University, Chieti - Pescara

Ph.D.

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Introduction
I’m currently Assistant Professor of Organization Studies and Information Systems at University “G. d’Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara (Italy), adjunct professor at LUISS University and visiting professor at the EM Strasbourg Business School. My main research interest is the analysis and design of digital artefacts and organizational systems. I’m currently focused on digital innovations and business transformation affecting people and organizations in the digital ecosystem.
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October 2010 - April 2014
LUISS Guido Carli, Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali
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  • PostDoc Position

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Digital Transformation (DT) is a recurring theme in literature with regard to different business sectors. Among several aspects, scholars investigate organisational, technological, strategical or more distinctive traits concerning DT initiatives, such as motivation, implication or policy. However, only a few of them discuss DT initiatives focusing...
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Informal social contract such as political connection plays a significant role for directors' network but difficult to explore their role through traditional measures. Different social network measures labelled as “centralities” have previously been used in the network analysis community to find influential nodes in a network. It is debatable how v...
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The continuous development of individual competences is a fundamental instrument for organizations aiming to achieve long-term competitive advantage. Digital technologies can play a pivotal role in competence acquisition by facilitating the learning process. This paper describes the design, development, and evaluation process of a competence acquis...
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We are living disruptive times, experiencing unprecedented large scale societal emergencies that are amplifying the combined pressures of high potential digital enablers. The sudden gigantic adoption of distance working and distance learning at a global scale, with the consequent hybridization of local/remote, presence/distance, human/machine relat...
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In a digitized world, organizations and individuals have to deal with several challenges. Both public and private organizations must revise their processes and create new ones to take advantage of new opportunities and respond to emerging threats. At the same time, people need to redesign their personal and professional lives to create situations o...
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New ventures and private investors are showing increasing interest in innovative forms of fundraising. ICO is the abbreviation of Initial Coin Offering and it represents an innovation in entrepreneurial finance [1]. However, no study has ever developed a taxonomy of academic and not academic discourse related to this type of innovative financial to...
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In this study, we analyze research collaborations and their characteristics in the higher education (HE) scientific community in recent years. Specifically, we focus on the most influential journals in the field according to the Academic Journal Guide 2021— the Academy of Management Learning & Education, the British Educational Research Journal, Ma...
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Hybrid organisations have become important due to their growing popularity based on their different and flexible forms and suitability for all the stakeholders. We investigate the evolutionary trend of the research on hybrid organisations discourse. For this purpose, we analyse a dataset composed of 471 papers selected from the Scopus platform. Ado...
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This paper focuses its attention on political connection and Board interlocking among firms. If abstractly, political connections and board interlocking influence is evident, its detection and disclosing appear very difficult. The idea at the base of the paper is that network science theories and data visualization tech-nics might be suitable for p...
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The relationship between sustainability and accounting has been continuously discussed in the academic literature over the last three decades. From a sustainability perspective, the accounting discipline must play a major role in the measurement, reporting, and auditing of sustainability performance. The aim of this study is to explore the discours...
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Informal social contract such as political connection plays a signifi-cant role for directors' network but difficult to explore their role through tradi-tional measures. Different social network measures labelled as "centralities" have previously been used in the network analysis community to find influential nodes in a network. It is debatable how...
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In a world where around 3.5 billions of the entire population are active social media users, the individual usage behavior of social network sites and related aspects should require further investigation. Specifically, this paper focuses on the social network dependence, considering the utilitarian and goal-oriented facet rather than the psychologi...
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Digital technology is the heart of the modern economy. Digital skills are then the reference point for many firms and workers. This means that employees should have skills to face change and at the same time have excellent technical preparation. Innovation and competitiveness of organizations are guided by today’s skills, the so-called twenty-first...
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The digital transformation is impacting various aspects of how we live and work. Due to the pervasive effects of the digital revolution on firms and societies, both scholars and practitioners are interested in better understanding the key mechanisms behind the related challenges. This book presents a collection of research papers focusing on the re...
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Although the concept of smart cities has been largely discussed in the literature for over almost three decades, there is still a need to better understand the entrepreneurial aspects surrounding smart cities. This study aims to explore the evolutionary trends of research in the field of Smart Cities, and specifically, to unveil the entrepreneurial...
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Purpose For decades, troubled information systems (IS)/information technology (IT) projects have continued to lose billions of dollars all over the world. The purpose of this paper is to look for the root causes of this widespread and important phenomenon. Design/methodology/approach This paper begins with a concise survey of empirical research an...
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Digital transformation is impacting all aspects of life, the way we live and the way we work. The aim of this book is to introduce the current debate on the relationship between digital transformation and human behavior. This volume proposes a revised version of some interesting and relevant contributions presented at the XVI Conference of the Ital...
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Drawing on the assemblage theory and the concept of personal digital ecosystem, this study aims to propose a model for investigating the willingness to buy a further smart device in order to increase the number of devices shaping the personal digital ecosystem. This research in progress paper describes the main theoretical underpinnings on which th...
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Purpose The purpose of this study is to map the conceptual structure of the body of knowledge linking digital technologies and auditing, with the aim of contributing to a better understanding of this research stream. Design/methodology/approach This research develops a bibliometric analysis of 256 articles following two steps. The analysis of desc...
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This paper focuses its attention on political connection and Board interlocking among firms. If abstractly, political connections and board interlocking influence is evident, its detection and disclosing appear very difficult. The idea at the base of the paper is that network science theories and data visualization technics might be suitable for po...
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Purpose E-business maturity models have been widely used to guide the process of digital transformation of business. However, these models have been criticized for their predominantly technocentric approach, which is poorly suited for SMEs. The purpose of this paper is to produce a holistic, nonlinear e-business development model for SMEs that take...
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Frontier analysis methods are able to investigate the technical efficiency of service productive systems. In our opinion, in the service sector field the analysis of service productivity must be also linked to service quality. Hence, the aim of this work is to outlines a new efficiency assessment based on these two productivity components (technica...
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The recent surge of interest in digital ecosystems is not only transforming the business landscape, but also poses several human and organizational challenges. Due to the pervasive effects of the transformation on firms and societies alike, both scholars and practitioners are interested in understanding the key mechanisms behind digital ecosystems,...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine whether subjective age – i.e., how old or young individuals experience themselves to be – affects explicit and tacit knowledge sharing (KS) in the public sector. Moreover, the study explores the moderating effect of three socio-organisational factors, namely KS attitude, co-workers age similarity and...
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Motivated by the growing significance of the sharing economy, we discuss the roles the public sector may play within the sharing economy and the corresponding implications for public values. The sharing economy represents a transformative agent for the public sector within the current landscape of digital transformation. While the public sector has...
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Investments in information technology related to the e-business adoption represent often crucial decisions for small and medium sized enterprises (SME). Therefore e-business design and implementation are key factors in minimizing risks and in promoting valuable outcomes. However, there is an inclination in the IS literature to adopt approaches and...
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The literature has extensively debated the potential organizational benefits of IT resources. Researchers agree that IT resources generate value under the moderating actions of contextual factors related to organizational structures. Several studies on organizational benefits of IT resources addressed the value generation process. Fewer targeted th...
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This book presents a collection of research papers exploring the human side of digital innovation management, with a specific focus on what people say and share on social media, how they respond to the introduction of specific IT tools, and how digital innovations are impacting sustainability and inclusion. Given the plurality of views that it offe...
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Researchers in many fields have adopted simulation to understand a system’s behavior by imitating it through an artificial object that exhibits nearly identical behavior. Although simulation approaches have been widely adopted for theory building in fields such as engineering, computer science, management, and social sciences, researchers in the IS...
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This book includes a selection of the best research papers presented at the annual conference of the Italian chapter of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), which took place in Verona, Italy in October 2016. Tracing various aspects of the ongoing phenomenon of evolution towards a global society, and consequently the ever-innovating digita...
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The study of the organizational impact of information technology services on the value generation process in organizations has a story that spans over several decades. In this stream of research, that goes under the name of IT value, scholars debated over years on the potential existence of a positive link between the presence of IT services and th...
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This book constitutes the proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Exploring Services Science, IESS 2017, held in Rome, Italy, in May 2017. The 33 papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 48 submissions. IESS 2017 covered major research and development areas related to Service Science foundations, service...
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Organizational learning and the continuous development and acquisition of competences by a firm’s employee are fundamental instruments for achieving sustainable competitive advantage. In this scenario, digital technologies play a relevant role in providing a ubiquitous platform to foster and facilitate this learning process. This paper, as research...
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The recursive interaction between Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and behaviour in organizational contexts is widely recognized. However, the digital revolution is breaking traditional levels of analysis (i.e. individuals, organizations, and society) and blurring internal and external organizational environment boundaries. This book...
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This conceptual paper considers the cooperative enterprise model in the light of how it can be affected by the digital world and - at the same time - of how it can positively affect both the Internet and its users. The aim of the paper is therefore twofold: (i) to consider the extent and the way in which cooperative principles are going to be affec...
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The demographic changes occurring in the workforce and the risk of losing critical knowledge when older workers make the transition to retirement have turned knowledge sharing into a crucial asset for companies aiming to remain competitive. However, a failure to consider how individual or situational characteristics influence knowledge sharing has...
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The increasing number of people affected and the economic loss caused by disasters and daily emergencies need necessary a change in the disaster management approach. The Hyogo framework has introduced the concept of resilience underlining the importance of prevention and first aid in disaster management. However, after a first analysis, the existin...
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The demographic changes occurring in the workforce and the risk of losing critical knowledge when older workers make the transition to retirement have turned knowledge sharing into a crucial asset for companies aiming to remain competitive. However, a failure to consider how individual or situational characteristics influence knowledge sharing has...
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The continuous development and acquisition of competences by a firm’s employee are fundamental instruments for achieving sustainable competitive advantage. In this scenario, digital technologies play a relevant role in providing a ubiquitous platform to foster and facilitate this learning process. This paper describes the design, development and ev...
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This paper seeks to define the boundaries of Smart City research and to draw a map of the interdisciplinary community focusing on this emerging issue. To do so, we analysed the texts included in the websites of two major international Conferences on Smart Cities, and we used the Social Network Analysis (SNA) approach to examine a representative sam...
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This paper highlights the necessity of knowledge transfer and sharing between young and old people, to avoid skills and expertises loss by the organizations and for co-creating value. The paper depicts how the use of a digital platform providing a common place in which people act and interact could facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experienc...
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Online communities can be seen as service systems, in which actors interact providing, requesting or sharing resources for [co-]creating value. On the basis of the resources needed/owned for achieving a goal it is possible to draw several dependence links among the actors (agents), creating a dependence network. On the other hand, since trust is th...
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This book presents a collection of research papers focusing on issues emerging from the interaction of information technologies and organizational systems. In particular, the individual contributions examine digital platforms and artifacts currently adopted in both the business world and society at large (people, communities, firms, governments, et...
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Increasing attention is paid to organisational learning, with the success of contemporary organisations strongly contingent on their ability to learn and grow. Importantly, informal learning is argued to be even more significant than formal learning initiatives. Given the widespread use of digital technologies in the workplace, what requires furthe...
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The mobile telecommunications landscape has evolved into a highly competitive and complex ecosystem composed of network operators, mobile device manufacturers as well as software, content and service providers. This major shift has strongly impacted the fundamental nature of mobile devices which have now become complex multi-purpose, multi-context...
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The use of 3D virtual world platforms in learning and education is growing in popularity. While there are many learning affordances for such environments, including the possibility of doing things that are not feasible in reality, there are some noted drawbacks. In particular the way such environments can be used for distance learning deserves cons...
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This paper aims to contribute to the debate on technological innovation, organization and work. Although technological innovation remained a debated topic in the academic literature during the past years, its implications for organizational processes seem still not sufficiently theorized and empirically investigated. By using two complementary jour...
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Simulation has been adopted in many disciplines as a means for understanding the behavior of a system by imitating it through an artificial object that exhibits a nearly identical behavior. Although simulation approaches have been widely adopted for theory building in disciplines such as engineering, computer science, management, and social science...
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The paper is centered on the role of technology and specifically of IT in the recombination of the factors of production. Particularly, the objective is to see how this technology contributes to the formulation of business strategies, the outlining of organizational structures and the alignment with the business environment. A theoretical framework...
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Far from simply being a concept useful in investigating social relationships, social networks are rapidly becoming a diffuse phenomenon to deal with in everyday life. The goal of this paper is to provide insights from the design research perspective, both for online and offline communities. Starting from the idea that the phenomenon under investiga...
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This chapter aims to contribute to the debate on the relationship between Information Systems (IS) and other Management (MGT) fields of studies. We present the preliminary results of the publication statistics, co-citation, and cross-citation analyses performed on a dataset of 54 and 169 “simulation related studies” published in top IS and MGT jour...
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This paper shows the results of the conceptual part of a research aimed at redesigning e-business stage models for small and medium size enterprises (SMEs). The literature review shows that these models are based mostly on a techno-centric perspective and are rather mechanistic in their approach to the development of e-business in smaller firms. Ba...
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Increasing attention is paid to organisational learning with the success of contemporary organisations strongly contingent on its ability to learn and grow. Importantly, informal learning is argued to be even more significant than formal learning initiatives. Given the widespread use of digital technologies in the workplace, what requires further a...
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Individuals and communities affected by disasters are exposed to massive material and immaterial trauma. While material (tangible) trauma are instantaneous and evident (and thus they are treated immediately by rescuers), immaterial (intangible) ones are subtle and mounting over the time. In particular, in the aftermath of the disaster, affected peo...
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The World Wide Web is, amongst the several different media available, the most global, interactive, and dynamic medium to share information. World wide web services were used in the last decade for e-learning applications, both in academic and business settings. E-learning services, provided through e-learning platforms, allow individuals to develo...
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The delivery of e-services across organizational boundaries poses a number of issues in terms of design of inter-organizational systems that support service delivery effectively. In this context interoperability emerges as a mandatory requirement for the design of Information Technology (IT) platforms supporting collaborative e-service environments...
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Cloud Computing (CC) is emerging as a new trend for managing IT resources within organizations. It also raises a broad range of issues from technically-oriented to organization-oriented related to cloud evolution and migration. It invites consideration of new models of governance for systems, service and organization. In order to take advantage fro...
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Collaborative environments where multiple organizations interact for providing e-services to their customers are widely diffused and often referred as virtual enterprises. IT systems supporting these inter-organizational models must be designed by taking into account both functional and non-functional issues. Among the non-functional issues, inform...
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The User Centered Design (UCD) is a flexible framework, conceived for designing, implementing and evaluating usable interactive systems, which leaves to the design team the responsibility of choosing appropriate combinations of methods, models and techniques. A critical aspect is related to the process of making such choices within the global persp...
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The evolution of the Internet allowed the Web to become, among the different media, the most global, interactive and dynamic medium to share information. Therefore, in the last decades, e-Learning has been widely used not only in the academic community, but also in the business sector. Within this context, thanks to their own competences, people ca...
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This book examines a wide range of issues that characterize the current IT based innovation trends in organizations. It contains a collection of research papers focusing on themes of growing interest in the field of Information Systems, Organization Studies, Management, Accounting and Engineering. The book offers a multidisciplinary view on Informa...
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Cloud computing and Software as a Service infrastructure are becoming important factors in E-commerce and E-business processes. Users may access simultaneously to different E-services supplied by several providers. An efficient approach to authenticate and authorize users is needed to avoid problems about trust and redundancy of procedure. In this...
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Cloud computing and Software as a Service infrastructure are becoming important factors in E-commerce and E-business processes. Users may access simultaneously to different E-services supplied by several providers. An efficient approach to authenticate and authorize users is needed to avoid problems about trust and redundancy of procedure. In this...
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The paper describes the MID-Blue (Multimedia Information Distribution over Bluetooth) system architecture as a dynamic guidance system for museum visitors based on Bluetooth connection. It provides specific contents related to the user position also using streaming video. This feature is still not diffused among Bluetooth technologies and could be...
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In this paper we briefly discuss how ICT and its applications may impact on the process of social reconstruction of meanings developed by communities affected by a disaster. In particular we refer to the L'Aquila case (hit by a major moment magnitude 6.3 earthquake on April 6, 2009), an extra-ordinary situation in which the sudden loss of the priva...
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Interest of scientific research on Open Source software and its development process is frequent. The number of articles available and the number of tracks or workshops on this topic in most relevant IS Conferences is high. The usability of Open Source Software has been scarcely considered until few years ago, probably due to the particular role tha...
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Moodle is an Open Source e-learning platform used by a large and stable community of users and developers for web based education. This paper analyzes the perceived quality of end users of such a platform. The analysis is done by using Partial Least Squares (PLS) regression, a second generation causal modeling statistical technique, and is aimed to...
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After the earthquake of 6 April 2009, the citizens of L'Aquila and the near provinces suffer many discomforts due to difficulties of collecting information they need to come back to a normal life. Most buildings in municipality and province have been damaged or fell down so it's difficult to collect information from this structures. In this paper w...
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Today, the lives of both people and organizations are strongly focused on the creation, development and maintenance of relationships. These are influenced by several factors, amongst which trust plays an important role. Same as in traditional relationships, trust is considered crucial in their digital equivalent; here we can speak of the concept of...
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Location prediction systems have become of interest in several application domains involving ubiquitous systems in the recent years. We propose a novel approach to trajectory prediction, that supports logistics optimization and decision making in a service area of a container terminal at a freight seaport. We devise a prototypical wireless infrastr...
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We review the problem of network mobility and internetworking between heterogeneous data networks and present an approach to the integration of WLAN and cellular networks based on loose coupling and the use of emerging mobility protocols. The handoff performance of such an approach is studied, at the network and transport levels, in a realistic sce...
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Wireless and mobile networks represent an enabling technology for ubiquitous access to information systems. However, there are critical issues that still prevent the widespread use of these technologies. In this paper we analyze and discuss our experience over a real ubiquitous network testbed capable to provide a seamless hand-off among heterogene...
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Moodle is an Open Source e-learning platform used by a large and stable community of users and developers for web-based education. This paper analyzes the end users' perceived quality of such a platform with an explorative study. The analysis is done by using Partial Least Squares (PLS) regression, a second-generation causal modelling statistical t...
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Il caso delle organizzazioni virtuali. Il caso LD-CAST. Il caso delle tecnologie per l'autenticazione federata: benefici attesi tangibili vs intangibili. LUISS PhD Thesis