Segal Graduate School of Business Final Projects

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STRATEGIC ANALYSIS FOR ELIZA FASHION SCHOOL OF ART

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2009
Abstract: 

The Eliza Fashion School of Art (EFSA) is a fashion school in China founded by the fashion legend Eliza Wang in 2008. EFSA has five programs encompassing almost every aspect of the fashion industry, including modelling, fashion design, makeover design, movie & TV performance, and hospitality management. Because, from my point of view, modelling training is the core competency of EFSA, this paper?s strategic analysis focuses on the modelling section of this school. Utilizing Michael Porter?s 5 Forces analysis (Porter, 1979), my findings indicate that the modelling industry in China lacks differentiation, but has great potential. Hence, it is essential for EFSA to adopt a differentiation strategy to leverage its strengths on sensational experiences and expertise to maximize its profit. In order to make the strategy work, EFSA also needs to reorganize its structure and increase efficiency so that its internal resources can accommodate the differentiation requirement.

Document type: 
Thesis
Senior supervisor: 
Neil R. Abramson
Department: 
Business Administration
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

STRATEGY IN ENVIRONMENTS OF HIGH UNCERTAINTY: THE EXAMPLE OF IRAN?S OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2009
Abstract: 

This paper is intended as an analysis of strategy implications when operating in an environment of Level Four Uncertainty as defined by Courtney et al (1997) in ?Strategy Under Uncertainty?. Specifically, it examines the Oil and Gas Industry in Iran as an example of such an environment, and the consequences to strategic planning this has for International Oil Companies (IOCs) wishing to enter the Iranian market. The paper will begin with a discussion of the literature on strategic planning under high levels of uncertainty, and the options available to managers. It continues with an overview of the Oil and Gas Industry in Iran in its current state, and the factors which make this a level four uncertainty environment. The paper will conclude with an application of relevant solutions suggested by Courtney et al (1997) for scenario planning for International Oil Companies in Iran.

Document type: 
Thesis
Senior supervisor: 
Neil R. Abramson
Department: 
Business Administration
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

GO OR NO GO: NEW HOPE IN CHINA

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2009
Abstract: 

NAPA is the largest aftermarket auto part chain store in North America. It is one of the largest divisions of Genuine Parts Company, a NYSE listed company established in 1928. The first NAPA chain store was built in 1928. In 2008, there were 5,850 NAPA AUTO PARTS stores and over 680 wholesalers in North America, and NAPA sales revenues made up 48% of GPC?s total revenues. This research project is trying to discover if it is feasible to establish NAPA stores in China by analyzing China?s current automotive aftermarket, the main potential competitors for NAPA, and NAPA?s financial situation. The author provides the final recommendations according to the above analysis in the paper also. Include a general idea of what the final conclusions and recommendation is.

Document type: 
Thesis
Senior supervisor: 
Pek-Hooi Soh
Department: 
Business Administration
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

THE TURN OF THE MONTH EFFECT CONTINUED: A COMPARISON OF SMALL CAP STOCKS AND LARGE CAP STOCKS

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2010-09-02
Abstract: 

The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether the turn of the month effect occurs in small cap and large cap stocks and if it occurs in both categories, to determine whether there is a difference in the magnitude. My research, for the period of 1963-2008, based on the CRSP value weighted index, shows that there is a significant turn of the month effect in small and large cap stocks, however the effect is larger in small cap stocks. Furthermore, this effect is not limited to a short time period, instead it is persistent. While a number of explanations have been put forward for why this phenomenon exists, there has been no satisfactory explanation yet.

Document type: 
Thesis
Senior supervisor: 
Robert Grauer
Department: 
Business Administration: Global Asset and Wealth Management Program
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

THE CLEAN ENERGY MANUFACTURING JOB MARKET AND ITS ROLE IN THE UNITED STATES ECONOMY

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2009
Abstract: 

This paper provides an overview of green jobs in the United States, with a focus on synthesizing various estimates of the current and future number of green jobs, and relating these to estimates of the future number of clean energy manufacturing jobs. In doing so, it answers the following two research questions: ?can lost manufacturing jobs become clean energy jobs?? and ?can existing manufacturing jobs be saved from disappearing by transforming into clean energy jobs?? By combining current federal policies and expected growth numbers for the wind and solar energy industries, this paper presents a conservative estimate of approximately 235,000 clean energy manufacturing jobs generated in the United States by the year 2020. The most promising option for America?s manufacturing workforce is a transition towards work in clean energy industries by redefining existing jobs, a move that requires initiative from both the public and private sector.

Document type: 
Thesis
Senior supervisor: 
Andrew von Nordenflycht
Department: 
Business Administration
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

BACKPACKER'S PARADISE: A BUSINESS PLAN

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2009
Abstract: 

This business plan outlines the concept, process, operations, marketing, risk factors,and financial forecasts for a Hostel located on the Sunshine Coast, just past Sechelt in Half-Moon Bay. Not including salary for the owner, a $155,000 investment should net returns of $18,000, $47,000, $55,000, $65,000, and $75,000 in years one, two, three, four and five respectively. Using a discount rate of 10%, these returns have a net present value of $97,000.

Document type: 
Thesis
Senior supervisor: 
Andrew von Nordenflycht
Department: 
Business Administration
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

Can Emerging Markets Offer Diversification Benefits to Canadian Investors During Credit Crisis?

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2008-04
Abstract: 

This paper examines whether emerging markets offer benefits to a Canadian portfolio when it is needed most during a credit crisis. The study considers the relationship of the monthly data of ten emerging market indices (EM) and its weighted index with Toronto Stock Exchange Composite Index (TSX) through out 1998 to August 2007. We add S&P500 and MSCI EAFE to represent a diversified developed market portfolio. While the findings indicate most individual emerging market and its weighted index do not add values to a Canadian portfolio when credit risk is tight, China stands out differently. China adds significant diversification benefits to the developed market portfolio when credit risk is tight. When examining the subprime credit crunch in summer 2007, the results are consistent with the sample period, that is, Canadian investors benefit from diversifying in China during credit crisis.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Peter Klein
Department: 
Beedie School of Business-Segal Graduate School