First Nation commercial land development, competitive advantage

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This paper explores the competitive advantages possible to First Nations developing reserve land for commercial purposes. The First Nation is introduced as a competitor to neighbouring municipal governments within a regional environment. The unique history and relationship of First Nations to land is established. Through a review of current municipal government practices related to commercial land development an industry analysis is undertaken. The author uses the analysis of municipal government practices to establish a benchmark of industry organization and best practices. A model of preferred relationships for a local government wishing to develop land for commercial purposes is established. A case study of two First Nations compares the organization and practices of First Nation commercial land development against the municipal benchmark and preferred relationship model. The key success factors and model limitations are offered as a general guide to other First Nations considering the commercial development of reserve land.


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