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

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Attraction and retention of British Columbia technology talent

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Date created: 
2006
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This paper investigates issues related to attraction and retention of British Columbia (BC) technology workers. Academic research, interviews, and popular literature provide the basis for analysis. Motivational issues for workers and analysis of technology clusters are key research elements. The purpose of the report is to provide recommendations that address the identified recruiting and retention issues. This paper consists of eleven chapters. The first chapter identifies the key research questions. Chapter two summarizes the BC technology clusters. Chapter three describes technology worker motivational factors for geographic relocation. Chapters four, five, and six provide an analysis of BC against the motivational factors. Chapter seven describes recruiting strategies of other geographic areas. Chapter eight compares BC to general characteristics of technology clusters. Chapter nine discusses strategic alternatives. Chapter ten provides recommendations for improving BC's recruiting and retention. Chapter eleven summarizes the key findings.

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

Beating Your Benchmark - Evidence from the Canadian Bond Market

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Date created: 
2004
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This paper presents evidence of the predictability of monthly fixed-income sector returns using Canadian bond market data from July 1994 to September 2004. To measure the economic value of this predictability I use a dynamic mean-variance optimization methodology that is designed to approximate the investment decision an active sector-rotation bond manager faces each month. Optimal out-of-sample portfolios of the 18 sub-indices of the Scotia Capital Bond Universe are formed on a monthly basis using the sub-indices' average yield to maturity as naYve mean-return estimator. The value of the of the yield-to-maturity estimator is assessed using ordinary least-squares regression as well as the information ratio of an investment strategy that invests in the optimal portfolios. Results are presented and analyzed in a performance attribution framework designed to identify the sources of excess return.

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

Managing internal mergers in the health care sector

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2006
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Many mergers fail to realize their target objectives due to a lack of management attention to human resource issues. This project examines the conditions for change existing prior to the relocation and internal merger of two units of a hospital and makes recommendations to manage the merger successfully. Our survey and interviews of hospital care givers confirmed that they had a very hig:h commitment to resident well-being but this commitment was transferred to the organization only when employees perceived that they had influence over patient care and. working conditions. We applied standard principles of change management and recommended that managers communicate a vision of the future, model Clear Leadership principles, and apply discipline and support to the achievement of goals. In this way the managers could harness the strong pre-existing sense of purpose and commitment displayed by the staff to create a new identity and a successful merged organization.

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

The salmon fishing industry in British Columbia

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Date created: 
2006
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The purpose of this paper is to help the reader understand who are the governing bodies, what legislation applies, and what the strategic impacts of that legislation are on the salmon farming industry in British Columbia. First, the reader is presented with a history of the salmon farming industry, which allows the reader to appreciate why the legal context is so important to the salmon farming industry. Second, the reader is presented with a summary of the applicable statutes and regulations to salmon farming in British Columbia. Third, the reader is presented with a discussion on some of the issues, threats, and opportunities for salmon farm operators. Fourth, the reader is presented with an integrative summary analysis. This identifies by grouplinterest, the key players in the regulation of salmon farming to help the reader understand the competing perspectives on salmon farming.

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

International equity flows and market returns: A case study of Japanese market

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Date created: 
2006
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This paper studies the relation between international equity flows and market returns in Japanese market. It highlights an increasing role of' foreign investors in Japanese stock. market, and its implications are discussed. This study also confirms the contemporaneous relarion between international equity flows and market returns, and the herding effect in Japanese market. Using annual volatility, the study finds no significant relation between the volatility 01' equity flows and the volatility of market returns.

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

Global equity allocation with index of economic freedom—A Black-Litterman equilibrium approach

Date created: 
2006
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The purpose of the present study is to examine the impact of Index of Economic Freedom (IEF) in strategic equity allocation process, in ternis of riskreturn efficiency, across 49 countries using the Black-Litterman's Absolute View approach. We have attempted to carry an ex-post comparative risk-return performance analysis of traditional CAPM, the Black-Litterman Equilibrium model and our view based strategy based on Black-Litterman's Absolute View approach to analyse whether our view-based strategy adds significant value to asset allocation or not. Our study has particular relevance to asset allocation strategy, portfolio optimisation and risk minimization in the context of global equity markets. Our findings support that the Black-Litterman model is a more reasonable approach to portfolio optimisation and asset allocation as compared to the traditional CAPM approach. Our asset allocation strategy based on recent changes in the IEF provides highly improved results as compared to the traditional capital asset pricing model and Black-Litterman's equilibriurn implied return model. The IEF contains information on the riskier aspects of markets. Our IEF-led strategy in asset allocation can significantly enhance portfolio return at reduced level of risk, and can be particularly useful in choppy markets or periods.

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

A strategic analysis of GE Lentronics' rail switch project

Date created: 
2005
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The utility communications equipment market consists of conservative adopters of new technology, who have started to embrace Ethernet technology for their substation distribution communications. GE Lentronics is developing an industrial Ethernet switch for this developing market. Examination of external factors reveals a market that is in a growth phase. The overlap of Ethernet technology used in business markets provides low technology barriers of entry for new entrants. Howlever, brand identification and access to distribution channels offer higher barriers to entry for new entrants. Internally, the organisation has adequate resources to meet the critical success factors demanded of the market. The Rail Switch c;omplements the current strategy by creating potential for pull-through sales of the multiplexer products. We proposed and evaluated various scenarios using these criteria to arrive at a recommendation. A subproject was proposed to develop network management compatibility between the Lentronics multiplexer and the existing GE MultiLink industrial switch.

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

Resistance in organizational change : Surrey campus expansion program at SFU/

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Gervase Bushe
Department: 
Business Administration: School of Business
Thesis type: 
(Research project) M.B.A.

Branding, a blend of senses : the cross-cultural role of aesthetics in package design

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Colleen M. Collins-Dodd
Department: 
Business Administration: School of Business
Thesis type: 
(Research project) M.B.A.

Strategic analysis of a commercial product business unit

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Document type: 
Thesis
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Department: 
Business Administration: School of Business
Thesis type: 
(Research project) M.B.A.