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

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Strategic analysis of ABC Systems and its potential future product

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Date created: 
2006
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ABC Systems Limited is a provider of data communication software. Its main product line is protocol conversion software. ABC has developed several other products including some hardware products, but the main success remains the protocol conversion software developed over 10 years ago. The company is having difficulties discovering and developing a profitable and achievable new product and target market. The need for the protocol conversion software is diminishing as the standard of TCP/IP is adopted in the data communication networking industry. Without a new star product, the future of the company is at stake. This paper proposes a niche market product that uses ABC's transaction network experience and complex event processing technology and applies it to a Business Activity Monitoring software product. The proposal is consistent with management preferences and allows ABC to be part of an emerging market.

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

Strategic analysis of a network management software firm

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2006
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This paper analyzes NetGenie Inc. (NGI), a company that develops and sells network management and assurance software, to determine a way to improve its performance since projected sales growth has not been met. The company’s approach is examined to determine if the company meets the criteria of strategic fit. An industry analysis as well as an industry value chain analysis is conducted to identify key success factors in the network management industry. The identified key success factors are used to measure NGI’s performance against two primary competitors in order to identify threats and opportunities that NGI faces. This competitive analysis is, in turn, applied to craft a new strategy. In order to assess the feasibility of the proposed strategy, NGI’s internal capabilities are analyzed to identify gaps that would prevent implementation of the proposed strategy and to determine if and how the gaps can be closed. Finally, detailed recommendations regarding the proposed strategy are presented in an attempt to resolve NGI’s performance issues.

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

Entering China-MEX's strategy

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2006
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MEX is a multinational company, specializing in international trade, and is active in the area of handmade carpets, electronic devices, and other products. It plans to enter China by selling its handmade carpets that are made in Iran. Furthermore, it wants to reduce its currency risk associated with its holdings in US dollars by investing in a Chinese office property. To integrate these two objectives, if feasible, MEX will take advantage of the business property as its office and establish a representative office in China. In this comprehensive report, we have first explored the opportunities and challenges involved with selling MEX?s handmade carpets in China. Our analysis employs the International Entry Modes Choice model and Porter?s 5-forces model to present a structured evaluation of the many alternatives faced by MEX. Our final recommendation is for MEX to employ a differentiation strategy in marketing its handmade carpet products. Second, we integrate MEX?s real estate investment requirement with its location choice of its subsidiary office in China. Using research results from the literature and the real estate valuation model, we prepare the most appropriate choices for MEX from alternative cities, business districts, and buildings, by provding a list of target buildings on West Nanjing Road and in the Jingan Temple district in Shanghai. The next step for MEX is to begin its negotiations with the property sellers.

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

Global financial contagion identification: From Russia to Brazil

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Date created: 
2006
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In the last several years, there has been a large amount of effort aimed at identifying the causes of contagion and how contagion can be measured. Recent studies have found that correlation coefficients overstate the existence of contagion due to the heteroscedasticity of market returns. Specifically, this paper applies an adjustment to the correlations between the Russian and Brazilian stock markets to determine whether or not the rise in variances during the Russian Cold crisis of 1998 was in fact an episode of contagion. A crisis period that causes an increase in the level of biasness leads to false conclusions of contagion - when in fact none exists. In light of these findings and given the immense fallout from the Russian Cold crisis of 1998, this paper will apply a methodology of adjusting for volatility to show that the Russian debt default did not lead to contagion in Brazil.

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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 significance of the turn of the month effect: Revisited

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Date created: 
2006
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examines similar agreements in New Zealand and Australia to determine what challenges, if any,

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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 forecasting value of dividend yields within industry data

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Date created: 
2006
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The economic and statistical significance of using dividend yields to forecast future returns has been examined in numerous manners. This paper examines the topic through a time series analysis of dis-aggregated industry returns regressed onto aggregated equity-market dividend yields. In additiom, a trading model is employed to further examine if any statistical significance of the proposed relationships between dividend yields and future retu,rns can be translated into economic significance. Economic significance is rneasured as both absolute dollar return, as well as return per unit risk over that of industry benchmarks.

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

Inefficiencies in the International Housing Market

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Date created: 
2004
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Housing markets were found to be inefficient in the past. In this paper, I analyze if this is true for the US, the UK and Canada during the past twenty years. My tests indicate that these markets are inefficient in the sense of traditional financial theory. Based on observed transactions, I find significant and persistent serial correlation. In addition, winner portfolios in one period outperform during the next period. The momentum effect is significant across countries, and persists in a weaker form within countries. However, these inefficiencies cannot be exploited by single investors, who cannot invest in indices, and are faced with lumpy investments subject to idiosyncratic noise. Therefore markets seem efficient in the beat the market sense. Yet, my analysis shows that inefficiencies are economically important on an aggregate level. Postholding period returns indicate that the inefficiencies are caused by market frictions, not speculation. Policymakers can reduce frictions.

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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 technology implementation process of an air navigation service provider

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Date created: 
2006
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NAV CANADA's mission is to facilitate the safe movement of aircraft, efficiently and cost-effectively, through the provision of air navigation services on a long-term, sustainable basis. The adoption of new technology is essential to fulfilling this mission. This project makes the case that coordination with users is essential to ensuring user acceptance of new technology and minimizing the number of unsatisfactory condition reports and change proposals generated by users. To that end, this paper examines the nature and level of user involvement in the system design process for a sample of NAV CANADA's air navigation technologies. In addition to investigating user involvement, 'off-the-shelf' and internally developed technologies are analysed and compared in the context of reducing the aforementioned risks and schedule slippage. The project concludes with recommendations on ways to reduce the number of unanticipated issues during implementation while satisfying NAV CANADA's corporate objectives.

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

Marketing plan for the promotion and implementation of automated dispensing machines at various hospitals within Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Providence Health Care

Date created: 
2006
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Patient safety is now a primary concern in most hospitals, some of these concerns include medication errors, which can cause serious harm to patients and can be avoided with the right practices. Hospitals are responding by implementing process changes. Among the successes are changes in the medication dispensing and administration processes. Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Prcwidence Health Care are in the process of implementing the 0mnicell@ Automated Dispensing :Machines in their hospitals. Their objective is to implement these machines in most nursing units in an effort to reduce medication errors and increase patient safety. This marketing plan presents strategies to promote the proper use of the 0mnicell@ Automated Dispensing Machines to heIp enhance medication safety. In addition, we provide recommendations for the implementation of the Automated Dispensing Machines to help address some of the users' concerns and create initial buy-in.

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

Analysis of strategic alliance deals in the global CNS industry

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Date created: 
2006
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The therapeutics market for central nervous system (CNS) disorders is projected to grow substantially over the next ten years. This growth is mainly attributed to the increasing proportion of the ageing population, especially in western countries. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology cornpanies in this industry will continue to form strategic alliances. This review examines the attractivmess of the CNS drug industry and identifies key success factors for the sector. The study further analyzes deals transacted in the CNS area over the past 5 years. The purpose of this analysis is to understand the factors that influence deal size and the cost-benefits of pursuing certain indications. The deals are segmented according to stage of drug development. Suggestions are made as to what a small biotechnology company needs to do to attract partners. This study identifies applicable deals that may be used for benchmarking by a small biotechnology company in the CNS industry.

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