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Peasant Communities, The First Link Of The Commodity Chain Of Vicuña Fiber, Liliana L. Lay Lisung Jan 2008

Peasant Communities, The First Link Of The Commodity Chain Of Vicuña Fiber, Liliana L. Lay Lisung

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Vicuna fiber has a high value in the textile and fashion industry and is seen on the runways of the most selective and luxurious clothing designers in Europe. However, the vicuna fiber process and commodity chain are little known. This thesis presents the commodity chain of vicuna fiber and the positive and negative impacts that vicuna fiber commercialization generates in Peruvian peasant communities. The research, based on in-depth interviews and document analysis, studies the development of this buyer-driven chain, the social actors' roles, and the policies and legislation implemented to preserve vicuna species. In response to consumption demands, the marketing ...


The Influence Of Chinese Cultural Values On Consumer Perceptions And Behavioral Intention Towards An Apparel Mass Customization Website, Kun Song Jan 2008

The Influence Of Chinese Cultural Values On Consumer Perceptions And Behavioral Intention Towards An Apparel Mass Customization Website, Kun Song

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Mass customization may deliver superior value to consumers compared to mass production because it provides personalized products with prices close to mass produced products. This assertion was made under the conditions and assumptions in Western societies where individual needs, rights, and interests are greatly valued. It is not known whether mass customization will deliver similar value to consumers in other societies, where different value systems exist. The purpose of the present study was to examine Chinese consumers' responses toward mass customization and the influence of Chinese cultural values on these responses.;This study focused on web-based apparel mass customization and ...


Ethnic-Identity Intensity As A Moderator Of The Technology Acceptance Model And Its Antecedents, Marcus Anthony Alexander Jan 2008

Ethnic-Identity Intensity As A Moderator Of The Technology Acceptance Model And Its Antecedents, Marcus Anthony Alexander

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The goal of this dissertation is oriented to study the motivation of minorities to adopt and learn new, innovative technologies. The primary research question: is there some reason the African-American experience is driving certain sub-groups of the population to the wrong side of the digital divide? To examine this, I introduce ethnic identity as a moderating variable to a leftward extended technology acceptance model (TAM). Additionally, both components of the classic TAM (ease of use and usefulness) are divided into two antecedents: (1) ease of use - (a) trait efficacy and (b) state efficacy and (2) usefulness (completely replaced by) - (a ...


Effects Of Computer Self-Efficacy And Spatial Visualization Ability On Student Perceptions Of 2d/3d Cad Virtual Prototype Simulations For Apparel Design, Sandra Stewart Jan 2008

Effects Of Computer Self-Efficacy And Spatial Visualization Ability On Student Perceptions Of 2d/3d Cad Virtual Prototype Simulations For Apparel Design, Sandra Stewart

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The ability to visualize three-dimensional (3D) forms from two-dimensional (2D) shapes is critical to apparel designers. While most designers still use traditional techniques to analyze a 3D sample, advances in CAD for apparel design include use of 3D virtual prototypes assembled from 2D pattern data. Textiles and clothing research has examined both 2D CAD and student spatial visualization ability, but no studies compare spatial visualization ability with 3D virtual prototype use in the classroom. Other fields of research have found that a person's computer self-efficacy (CSE) can influence acceptance of a new technology and that spatial visualization ability can ...


Effectiveness Evaluation Of The Hispanic Workforce Research Project (Hwrp), Fernando Aveiga Jan 2007

Effectiveness Evaluation Of The Hispanic Workforce Research Project (Hwrp), Fernando Aveiga

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Hispanics are a large and growing part of the United States workforce. Official projection state that by the year 2050 Hispanics will account for 25 percent of the population. For the Midwest in particular, the Hispanic population is expected to increase 35 percent by the year 2025. The construction industry is expected to experience greater percentage increase of its Hispanic population due to the labor intensive nature of the industry.;This study addresses the expected increase of Hispanic workers in the construction industry by investigating the best approaches for delivering training to construction crews with Hispanic workers as well as ...


Communication Practices Of Women In Undergraduate Engineering Classes , Sarah Michelle Brown Jan 2006

Communication Practices Of Women In Undergraduate Engineering Classes , Sarah Michelle Brown

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Communication Practices of Women in Undergraduate Engineering Classes explores ways in which women and men communicate in undergraduate engineering classes and ways to better attract and retain women in engineering programs. The data, gathered over three semesters, include classroom observations, surveys, and interviews. Seven classes were analyzed: four in engineering, two in history, and one in food science. This thesis brings together three articles written for various academic audiences: engineering education, leadership, and women's studies. The individual articles focused on (1) class participation, leadership, and negative behavior in undergraduate engineering classes, (2) leadership styles of women and men, and ...


Dams Across The Wide Missouri: Water Transportation, The Corps Of Engineers, And Environmental Change Along The Missouri Valley, 1803-1993 , Robert Kelley Schneiders Jan 1997

Dams Across The Wide Missouri: Water Transportation, The Corps Of Engineers, And Environmental Change Along The Missouri Valley, 1803-1993 , Robert Kelley Schneiders

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Dams across the wide Missouri examines the political origins of Missouri River development plans. Rather than describe only the actions of the human players in the political arena, this study argues that the Missouri River had a tremendous effect on the human formulation and implementation of development schemes. Dams across the wide Missouri details the environmental changes that resulted from the construction of the barge channel below Sioux City, and to a lesser degree the consequences of dam and reservoir construction in Montana and the Dakotas;In addition, this study argues that neither federal elites nor grassroots organizations dictated the ...


Ultrasonic Nondestructive Evaluation Techniques And The Effects Of Fiber Architecture On Mechanical Performance In Multi-Directionally Reinforced Textile Composites , Richard Douglas Hale Jan 1995

Ultrasonic Nondestructive Evaluation Techniques And The Effects Of Fiber Architecture On Mechanical Performance In Multi-Directionally Reinforced Textile Composites , Richard Douglas Hale

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Constant load stress rupture tests were performed on alloy 908. The test matrix used varied oxygen concentration, applied load, temperature, and percent cold work. The effect of modifying surface residual stresses on intergranular oxidation and cracking was examined using constant strain C-ring tests;The mechanism for high temperature intergranular fracture in alloy 908 is stress assisted intergranular oxidation cracking. A direct correlation between percent intergranular fracture and oxygen concentration was observed. This result was comparable to the oxidation assisted, intergranular fracture behavior of alloy 718. Internal oxidation, for temperatures at or near 650∘ C and under an applied tensile stress ...


An Interpretive Case Study Of Perceptions And Experiences Of Undergraduate Women In Engineering Majors At Iowa State University , Mildred Annette Haggray Jan 1992

An Interpretive Case Study Of Perceptions And Experiences Of Undergraduate Women In Engineering Majors At Iowa State University , Mildred Annette Haggray

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to describe and analyze the perceptions and experiences of selected undergraduate women in engineering majors at Iowa State University. Using qualitative research methods, the researcher described and analyzed the effects of selected educational environment factors on the persistence of women in engineering majors. Educational environment factors that provided the focus for the study included: classroom climate, interaction with faculty and peers, and internal support systems. Related factors that were examined included: personal fit with the major, academic preparation, and career aspirations, and preferred teaching and learning styles and methodologies. Primary data sources included semi-structured ...


Productivity Analysis And Functional Specification Of Pakistani Textile Industry , Jani Alam Abbasi Jan 1992

Productivity Analysis And Functional Specification Of Pakistani Textile Industry , Jani Alam Abbasi

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study deals with the general functional characterization of the Pakistani Textile Industry. Previous studies assumed constant elasticity of substitution functional form, the best-fitted model for general manufacturing industries of Pakistan. There is only one study in which the textile industry is treated separately, but the functional form used is the same, and investigations are done at the provincial level with data pooling for other provinces;The important point in this study is that functional form is not restricted and allowed to be estimated freely by the collected data. We assume that the productivity growth of Pakistani Textiles can be ...


The Taguchi Methods Of Quality Control Examined: With Reference To Sundstrand-Sauer, Cheryl Lynn Moller-Wong Jan 1988

The Taguchi Methods Of Quality Control Examined: With Reference To Sundstrand-Sauer, Cheryl Lynn Moller-Wong

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Stoneware Industry At Moingona, Iowa: An Archaeological And Historical Study Of Moingona Pottery Works (13bn120) And Flint Stone Pottery (13bn132), Allen Leo Schroeder Jan 1979

The Stoneware Industry At Moingona, Iowa: An Archaeological And Historical Study Of Moingona Pottery Works (13bn120) And Flint Stone Pottery (13bn132), Allen Leo Schroeder

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Nineteenth Century Ceramic Industry At Coal Valley: Archaeology Of 13bn111 (Noah Creek Kiln), Barbara Schulte Jan 1974

The Nineteenth Century Ceramic Industry At Coal Valley: Archaeology Of 13bn111 (Noah Creek Kiln), Barbara Schulte

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.