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Respecting Cultural Differences: Alternatives for the Amish Community to Combat Health Care Costs

Christopher B. Sherman
University of Tampa

Full manuscript: www.kon.org/urc/v13/sherman.html

Abstract: Medical bills represent a growing concern for the Amish population. Their unique culture compels them to decline any government funding for medical care and deters them from purchasing insurance. Like any one, individuals in the Amish community occasionally incur health care issues. Yet, unlike the general population, the Amish are far more likely to encounter a particular disease called Crigler-Najjar Syndrome. Undoubtedly, this situation results in significant difficulties for the Amish to pay the extraordinary out-of-pocket costs associated with medical bills, given their limited monetary funds. Solutions to this seemingly impossible situation include reduced monthly payments, lump sum alternatives, food services, and trading commodities.

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AirAsia’s Application of the ‘Thirty-Six Stratagems’

Wong Wei Mei
Central China Normal University

Full manuscript: www.kon.org/urc/v13/wong-weimei.html

Abstract: Based on the ”36 Stratagems” (三十六计)—a compilation of strategies from the China Warring States Era, this paper analyses the transfer of military strategies into the corporate setting of AirAsia. The ”36 Stratagems” plan offers new perspectives about how to form creative strategies in today’s dynamic business landscape with similar characteristics to ancient Chinese warfare, particularly for the aviation industry surrounding AirAsia in South-East Asia. This paper illuminates the different ways AirAsia utilised one of the stratagems during the global economic crisis in 2008 and how the low-cost carrier adapted the stratagem to the business model and market condition.

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The “Growing” American Dream: An Analysis of Historic Trends in Housing

Erin Cammel, Kansas State University

Full manuscript: www.kon.org/urc/v12/cammel.html

Abstract:The purpose of this paper is to compare data found in Small Homes of Architectural Distinction by the Architects’ Small House Service Bureau in 1929 to U.S. Census data from 1930 and 1980 through 2010. In an attempt to explain the expansion of the American household, average square footage and number of bedrooms and bathrooms are correlated to average household size and income (U.S. Census Bureau, n.d., a.). All of these statistical categories have been impacted by the fluctuation of the American economy and cultural influences.

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Why Do Negotiations Tend to Fail in a Cross-cultural Milieu? The China and Norway Affair

Mario B. Rojas, IV, Newberry College

Full paper: www.kon.org/urc/v11/rojas2.html

Abstract This paper, applying Hofstede’s (1997) dimensions of culture and Hall’s (1990) contextual paradigm, explored and analyzed the stressed relationship between China and Norway. The paper notes that the stressed relationship is most notable in recent negotiations between the two countries. Further, the paper concluded that at least in the area of negotiations, relief for this stressed relationship could manifest if both sides were more aware and willing to respect the power index differential.

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Prisons of the Cruel Inner God: Neo-Panopticism in Contemporary Western Culture

Emily Taber,Western Washington University

Full Paper: www.kon.org/urc/v9/taber.html

Abstract The application of Jeremy Bentham’s (1785) panoptic concept has changed significantly with the popularization of observational technology and dataveillance. Where Bentham’s model focused on the material, the Digital Age has created new structures of power in contemporary culture, altered how observers and observed interact, and influenced both contemporary cultures of observation and the broader social structure. I analyze what has caused these transitions and traced them to five areas of social and technological change, examining how cultural values have transformed and may continue transforming into the Twenty-first Century.

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