Business - Theses, Dissertations, and other Required Graduate Degree Essays

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A strategic analysis of a healthcare IT provider

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Date created: 
2005
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Since being acquired by McKesson Corporation in 2002, Medical Imaging Group (MIG) has enjoyed three consecutive years of success and growth. Over the course of this time, MIG's revenue has tripled, while headcount has doubled. However, as MIG faces increasing competition and rapid changes in industry boundaries, it must react quickly to maintain its competitive advantage. This paper presents an analysis of MIG, and the Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS) industry in which the group competes. By comprehensively analyzing various elements of the strategic position of MIG, this paper will make recommendations regarding a new strategy for the business to enjoy sustained growth.

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Thesis
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Department: 
Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

A strategic analysis of a software company in transition

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Date created: 
2005
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This project provides an in depth analysis of a small software company attempting to transition business models in an evolving software market. The market for HRIPayroll software solutions is consolidating quickly and StarGarden Software must decide where its place is in the market and whether it makes sense for the company to continue to go it alone. Options include: utilizing resellers, downsizing, and becoming an acquisition target. StarGarden also has an exciting new product line in development and this project examines the options relating to the launch of this product line in North America. StarGarden has identified large IT departments and System Integrators as possible target markets for the NeoPath product line. This project attempts to highlight the benefits of each option and make a recommendation for next steps.

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Thesis
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Department: 
Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

A strategic analysis of the Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina and Starwood Hotels & resorts

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Date created: 
2005
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This paper will examine a hotel and its relationship with a hotel management company. Chapter one, Markets and Overview describes target markets, revenue streams and market shares of firms. Chapter two, Industry Analysis, includes a discussion of scope, key competitors, five forces of power and key success factors of the firms. Chapter three, named Internal Analysis, discusses the: generic strategies, five forces of power analysis, internal analysis, generic strategies and organizational competencies. This Chapter includes discussion on: value chain analysis, core competency, culture and organizational structures. Lastly a financial analysis of the firms is provided. Chapter four, named Issues, identifies: problems with the management contract structure; absence of management company leverage hotel ownership; organizational structure concerns; and, operational inefficiencies. Chapter five discusses the following recommendations: changes to managed hotel contracts; changes to the organizational structures of the firms; implementing performance incentives; and, converting the hotel into condominiums.

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Thesis
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Department: 
Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

A strategic analysis of an active-wear wholesale distributor in Canada

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Date created: 
2005
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This paper presents a strategic analysis of a leading active-wear wholesale distributor in Canada (referred to in this report as SMC). In the past four years, SMC's sales have dropped substantially but SMC remained profitable. SMC faces challenges to attain sustainable growth. This paper conducts industry, and SMC's value chain analysis. Key issues are identified to address the areas of growth, cost reduction, intelligence collection and technological improvement. Recolnmendations are presented for SMC to update its strategies to address the pressing issues. It is recommended that SMC first review its growth strategies with product and market focuses. Next, SMC must continue to improve operational efficiencies to further reduce costs. Last, SMC should invest on information technologies to gain competitive advantages to further improve customer services. Supporting this, SMC should continue to focus on developing and retaining its people who will make this company towards future successes.

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Thesis
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Department: 
Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

The January effect: a global perspective

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Date created: 
2007
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The January Effect is one of the most commonly studied anomalies in finance. While largely still considered a mystery, the January effect explanation that has garnered the most attention and validity is the tax-loss selling hypothesis. This paper begins with a review of the immense body of literature surrounding the January effect. Then I test, across 16 countries, whether or not there is a significant positive difference in the January returns (or whichever month is the beginning of the tax-year) from the remaining eleven months of the year. The January seasonal is found to be significant in seven of the 16 countries, while a surprising September seasonal, inadvertently discovered and tested, is significant in 13 of 16 countries. As is commonly the result when studying this anomaly, further study is warranted to discover a powerful explanation for the January effect.

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Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
R
Department: 
Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

Entering the Chinese wastewater reuse market in the construction industry: Strategic analysis for CWRTC

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Date created: 
2005
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China's enormous economic growth has created a water crisis that the Chinese government is addressing through policies, which require wastewater reuse for institutional and new private-residential developers. The China Water Reuse Trade Consortium (CWRTC) is dedicated to marketing integrated Canadian-based Environmentally Sustainable Technologies solutions to meet this new business opportunity and to helping member firms enter the Chinese wastewater reuse industry. This project provides a strategic analysis for CWRTC to enter the Chinese wastewater reuse market in the construction industry. Background information on the wastewater reuse industry is introduced, a business environment in which CWRTC is going to operate is described through external analysis, and strategic capabilities are explored through internal analysis. Based upon these analyses, we recommend that CWRTC adopt a focused differentiation strategy, set up a new company with hnctional structure in China, and identify the key points of the business flow through the construction industry.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Department: 
Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

Strategic analysis of an organisation's skilled trades workforce

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Date created: 
2005
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KW is an aluminum manufacturing plant, which is owned and operated by A . The firm competes on a global basis in a commodity market. A has implemented aggressive targets to reduce costs because its competitors have improved their technology and productivity andlor are implementing cost reduction initiatives. The largest cost KW has is labour costs due to high wages and the number of people employed. The local management team must choose a strategic option to (1) force a strike with the union to eventually force them to accept a reduced workforce (2) resist senior management's workforce reduction targets, or (3) perform a gradual shutdown of operations to balance senior management's targets and continue operating. Upon choosing an option, the organisation must develop a strategy to staff its maintenance organisation appropriately for the future because they require a specialised set of skills and are difficult to attain. The goal of this project is to: (1) analyse the rationale for the organisation's workforce reduction targets (2) evaluate and recommend strategic options for the organisation's total workforce, and develop specific strategies related to the organisation's skilled trades' workforce.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Department: 
Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

Network operations support systems as a competitive advantage

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Date created: 
2005
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The overall purpose of this paper is to perfom an analysis of TELUS and to examine if Network Operation Support Systems (OSS) can provide TELUS with a sustainable competitive advantage. The paper begins with the first three chapter exploring overviews of the components of the Canadian Telecommunications services industry, TELUS and its products, and the markets and revenues. The next chapter is an industry analysis of the industry landscape and its players. Michael Porter's Five Forces model is used to assess the industry. An internal analysis of TELUS follows in which the paper takes a closer look at the firm. It examines TELUS' strategy, structure, culture, value chain, technological changes, core competencies, competitive advantage and financial health. The final two chapters discuss key issues of the firm and possible recommendations to address these issues.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Department: 
Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

Changes in regulation and prices of dual-listed stocks in china

Date created: 
2007
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The share prices of a company listed on more than one stock exchange usually are in or close to equilibrium. Nevertheless, it has been observed the prices of the same Chinese company listed in China (A shares) and Hong Kong (H shares) are not anywhere clo

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Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
D
Department: 
Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
M.A. (M.B.A.)

Daedalus projects: Three scenarios for the future

Date created: 
2007
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This report presents an analysis of Daedalus Projects Inc., a start-up real-estate development company based in Vancouver, British Columbia (B.C.). The company has recently started looking at three development opportunities. The purpose of this report is

Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
M
Department: 
Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)