Segal Graduate School of Business Final Projects

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GO OR NO GO: NEW HOPE IN CHINA

Author: 
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No, item is not peer reviewed.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.)

MOS OF CANADA: A FOODSERVICE INDUSTRY ANALYSIS OF GREATER VANCOUVER

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No, item is not peer reviewed.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

This paper analyzes the Greater Vancouver commercial food industry and whether the market is ideal for MOS Food Services to fulfil its “MOS of the World” strategy by opening a MOS Burger restaurant in Greater Vancouver. To assess the future viability of MOS Burger opening in Greater Vancouver, this paper identifies and analyzes market size, drivers of demand, various customer segments, key competitors, the strength of key industry forces, and the key sources of advantage for the foodservice industry. Based on this analysis, the paper concludes by suggesting that MOS should open a MOS Burger in Greater Vancouver based on their internal strengths and external opportunities that outweigh their weaknesses and threats.

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

BUSINESS PLAN FOR BRIDEBOOK.COM

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No, item is not peer reviewed.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

Bridebook.com will be Western Canada?s first wedding resource website targeting a wide variety of audiences in Metro Vancouver. Such audiences include prospective brides, her friends and family as well as wedding planners. The services offered by Bridebook.com will enable brides to consult one reliable source for their entire wedding planning needs rather than the hassle and time commitments of visiting numerous vendors, planners and service providers. Brides are thus able to relax throughout the period up to their special day! Bridebook.com?s inspiration stems from the social networking concept and web based communities that modern day computer users are seeking. Bridebook.com?s mission (statement) is "to turn every Bridezilla into a Zen bride!"

Document type: 
Thesis
Senior supervisor: 
Sudheer Gupta
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

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.)