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The Society Project, Stephen W. Rumbaugh 2011 Wright State University - Main Campus

The Society Project, Stephen W. Rumbaugh

Master of Humanities Capstone Projects

The Society Project explores the concept of social entrepreneurship through the sales of handmade vegan bar soap on the website www.SocietyBodycare.com. Society Bodycare follows the "buy one/give one" business model, by which a bar of soap is donated for every bar of soap purchased by a customer. The four components which comprise this thesis project include a concise business description, a detailed branding guide, a functioning website, and a reflective essay conveying the motivations, inspirations, and historic details of the project and how it fits into the world of social entrepreneurship.


Capacity Investment Timing By Start-Ups And Established Firms In New Markets, Robert Swinney, Gerard. P. Cachon, Serguei Netessine 2011 University of Pennsylvania

Capacity Investment Timing By Start-Ups And Established Firms In New Markets, Robert Swinney, Gerard. P. Cachon, Serguei Netessine

Operations, Information and Decisions Papers

We analyze the competitive capacity investment timing decisions of both established firms and start-ups entering new markets, which have a high degree of demand uncertainty. Firms may invest in capacity early (when uncertainty is high) or late (when uncertainty has been resolved), possibly at different costs. Established firms choose an investment timing and capacity level to maximize expected profits, whereas start-ups make those choices to maximize the probability of survival. When a start-up competes against an established firm, we find that when demand uncertainty is high and costs do not decline too severely over time, the start-up takes a leadership ...


The Value Of Fast Fashion: Quick Response, Enhanced Design, And Strategic Consumer Behavior, Gerard. P. Cachon, Robert Swinney 2011 University of Pennsylvania

The Value Of Fast Fashion: Quick Response, Enhanced Design, And Strategic Consumer Behavior, Gerard. P. Cachon, Robert Swinney

Operations, Information and Decisions Papers

No abstract provided.


Aerobic And Anaerobic Exercise: Associations With Academic Outcomes In College Students, Ryan Enos 2011 St. John Fisher College

Aerobic And Anaerobic Exercise: Associations With Academic Outcomes In College Students, Ryan Enos

Sport Management Undergraduate

Previous studies have found that physical activity is associated with greater academic achievements among students. However, it remains unclear whether associations are present in both aerobic exercise and anaerobic exercise. The purpose of this study was to examine the associations between aerobic exercise, anaerobic exercise and academic outcomes in college students. Data was drawn from a survey administered to undergraduate students attending St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. Students were asked to self record the type of exercise they participate in as well as their academic grade point average (GPA). The data collected was measured using two statistical models ...


Macroeconomic Factors In Private Bank Debt Renegotiation, Peter Maa 2011 University of Pennsylvania

Macroeconomic Factors In Private Bank Debt Renegotiation, Peter Maa

Wharton Research Scholars

Despite the importance of renegotiation in affecting loan terms of bank debt, little work has been done investigating factors influencing renegotiation of privately placed debt. We find that renegotiation is more likely to occur in good economic times as measured by lower unemployment, lower public credit spreads, and outside of economic recessions. Moreover, renegotiated loan
terms are more favorable for the borrower in business cycle upswings. Changes to debt covenants are very weakly correlated with the broader economy, suggesting that covenant amendments may be more driven by discovery of firm-specific information. Finally, we find that a healthier commercial banking sector ...


Corporate Acquisitions Around Time Periods Of Loan Covenant Violations, Allen Liu 2011 University of Pennsylvania

Corporate Acquisitions Around Time Periods Of Loan Covenant Violations, Allen Liu

Wharton Research Scholars

We present empirical evidence on acquirer firms that have violated or are about to violate a loan covenant within four quarters of undergoing an acquisition. We find that firms that violate a covenant within the four quarters before the acquisition announcement have the highest announcement period abnormal returns, while firms that violate a covenant within the four quarters after the acquisition announcement but not within the four quarters before it have the sharpest decline in abnormal returns after the acquisition announcement. Also, firms that violate or are about to violate a loan covenant within four quarters have a significantly lower ...


African Financial Systems: A Review, Franklin Allen, Isaac Otchere, Lemma W. Senbet 2011 University of Pennsylvania

African Financial Systems: A Review, Franklin Allen, Isaac Otchere, Lemma W. Senbet

Finance Papers

We start by providing an overview of financial systems in the African continent. We then consider the regions of Arab North Africa, West Africa, East and Central Africa, and Southern Africa in more detail. The paper covers, among other things, central banks, deposit-taking banks, non-bank institutions, such as the stock markets, fixed income markets, insurance markets, and microfinance institutions.


Short-Term Study Abroad: An Exploratory View Of Business Student Outcomes, Susan Carley, Randy Stuart, M. P. Daily 2011 Kennesaw State University

Short-Term Study Abroad: An Exploratory View Of Business Student Outcomes, Susan Carley, Randy Stuart, M. P. Daily

Faculty Publications

Acknowledging the importance of fostering global perspectives in students, business educators stress the role that international study plays in increasing interpersonal skills, and broadening knowledge of global business practices. Traditionally offered as semester- or year-long programs, today's programs are more often short-term in nature, raising questions about student outcomes of abbreviated tours. This longitudinal study of students who participated over a nine-year period examines the benefits and limitations of short-term tours. Results suggest that schools of business give careful consideration to desired student outcomes, learning objectives and how these might best be accomplished if delivered in a compressed time ...


“E-Commerce Institutionalization Is Not For Us”: Smes Perception Of E-Commerce In Tanzania, Salah Kabanda 2011 University of Cape Town

“E-Commerce Institutionalization Is Not For Us”: Smes Perception Of E-Commerce In Tanzania, Salah Kabanda

The African Journal of Information Systems

E-Commerce in least developing countries (LDCs) is believed to be non-existent because few businesses, especially Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who are usually the vanguard of the LDCs economy, have adopted E-Commerce and even those that have, none have institutionalized the technology. Using structuration theory as a lens, this study attempts to provide an explanation as to what E-Commerce means to SMEs with the purpose of unraveling the underlying cause for the lack of E-Commerce institutionalization in LDC - Tanzania. Results indicate that SMEs use their social context to create symbolic interpretive schemes that facilitate their shared understanding of E-Commerce. This ...


Minimizing The Impact Of Organizational Change On Volunteers At The American Red Cross, Megan Julie Connors 2011 Binghamton University--SUNY

Minimizing The Impact Of Organizational Change On Volunteers At The American Red Cross, Megan Julie Connors

MPA Capstone Projects 2006 - 2015

In 2010, the South Central New York American Red Cross region underwent an organizational restructuring process. In particular, the changes that resulted from this process led to a decrease in volunteer satisfaction. This decrease in volunteer satisfaction is a significant problem for the American Red Cross given that volunteer compromise 96% of their workforce.


Exploring How Employee Empowerment Impacts On Hotel Front Desk Operations, Janggon Kim 2011 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Exploring How Employee Empowerment Impacts On Hotel Front Desk Operations, Janggon Kim

UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones

Statement of Objective:

This paper will not try to solve a specific problem, but will serve to provide a more exploratory look at how employee empowerment impacts on front desk operations. First, this paper will examine the existing empowerment practices used in hotels and how it works in the real business world. Secondly, the paper will discuss the impacts of empowerment in terms of increased productivity, employee retention (satisfaction), and service recovery.

Justification:

Examples of empowering employees can easily be viewed at hotel front desks in the hospitality industry since the front desk is the first and last contact of ...


Becoming A Firm: An Investigation Of How One-Person Enterprises Construct The Problem Of Becoming An Employer, Ronda M. Smith Nelson 2011 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Becoming A Firm: An Investigation Of How One-Person Enterprises Construct The Problem Of Becoming An Employer, Ronda M. Smith Nelson

Dissertations, Theses, and Student Research from the College of Business

This study draws on Coase’s (1937) Theory of the Firm, that suggests a firm exists only after it has employees and Penrose’s (1959) Theory of the Growth of the Firm which suggests human resources are a critical asset to the firm as a means to better understand the issue of job creation in the United States especially among one-person enterprises (OPEs). From the perspective of entrepreneurial cognition, and in the context of ill-defined problems (Abelson & Levi.1985) a survey was conducted to better understand the Becoming an Employer Problem (BEP) as it is perceived by OPEs. A measure ...


An Examination Of College Students’ Computer Self-Efficacy As Related To Various Demographic Characteristics, Debbie D. DuFrene, Timothy W. Clipson, S. Ann Wilson 2011 Nelson Rusche College of Business, Stephen F. Austin State University

An Examination Of College Students’ Computer Self-Efficacy As Related To Various Demographic Characteristics, Debbie D. Dufrene, Timothy W. Clipson, S. Ann Wilson

Faculty Publications

Despite extensive computer exposure, today’s students vary in their judgments of their capabilities in using technology, referred to as computer self-efficacy (CSE). A survey of university students revealed highest CSE in word processing skills followed closely by file management and presentation skills. Students reported moderate ability levels in spreadsheet skills and less than moderate skill levels in database management, webpage design, and computer programming. Females tended to report higher CSE in file management and word processing applications, whereas males indicated higher CSE in web page development. Students whose parents did not attend college were likely to have lower CSE ...


Dr. Connie's Inner Leader Coaching Ecosystem, Connie I. Reimers-Hild 2011 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Connie's Inner Leader Coaching Ecosystem, Connie I. Reimers-Hild

Kimmel Education and Research Center - Faculty & Staff Publications

Dr. Connie’s Inner Leader Coaching Ecosystem recognizes that life is a journey

with its ups and downs, joys and sorrows, positive and negative changes.

It is designed to blend the spiritual with the physical and material. Most importantly,

it is an ecosystem that recognizes the importance of living fully while making

desired changes and adjustments. A central focus of Dr. Connie’s Inner Leader

Coaching Ecosystem is to help clients live more fully while on their journey to

develop their inner leader and move towards their personal vision. It is not a

coaching process focused on solely reaching goals ...


Transition To Ifrs: Inception To Implementation In The United States, Lynette Biers 2011 Carroll College, Helena, MT

Transition To Ifrs: Inception To Implementation In The United States, Lynette Biers

Business, Accounting and Economics Undergraduate Theses

In an effort to simplify the ability of United States based businesses to operate in the international world of business by providing comparable, transparent financial statements for both foreign and domestic investors alike, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is moving towards adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) or the convergence of IFRS with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). While this potential change could increase the accessibility to foreign capital markets, the transition would also pose many serious and complicated challenges to the companies currently complying with U.S. GAAP. This paper will look generally at the ...


Saŋɔ Baara Cogo N´A Feere Cogo Gafe: Mogo Minuwye Gafe Dilan Oye = Fiche De Production Et De Commercialisation Du Mil = Production And Marketing Of Millet, Botorou Ouendeba, Niaba Teme 2011 IICEM

Saŋɔ Baara Cogo N´A Feere Cogo Gafe: Mogo Minuwye Gafe Dilan Oye = Fiche De Production Et De Commercialisation Du Mil = Production And Marketing Of Millet, Botorou Ouendeba, Niaba Teme

USAID Mali Mission Awards

U.S. government publication about millet production and sales in West Africa. In the Bambara language.


Fiche De Production Et De Commercialisation Du Mil = Production And Marketing Of Millet, Botorou Ouendeba, Niaba Teme 2011 IICEM

Fiche De Production Et De Commercialisation Du Mil = Production And Marketing Of Millet, Botorou Ouendeba, Niaba Teme

USAID Mali Mission Awards

U.S. government publication about production and sales of millet in West Africa. In French.


Sectoral Changes And The Increase In Women's Labor Force Participation, Rahşan Akbulut 2011 Chapman University

Sectoral Changes And The Increase In Women's Labor Force Participation, Rahşan Akbulut

Business Faculty Articles and Research

Throughout the second half of the 20th century, women in the United States decided to move increasingly into the labor market. This paper investigates the growth of the service sector as an explanation for the increase in women's employment. It develops an economic model that can account for the increase in women's employment and the growth of the service sector at the same time. A growth model with two sectors and a home production technology is constructed in order to quantitatively assess the contribution of sectoral productivity differences to the change in women's employment decision. The sectoral ...


An Owa-Topsis Method For Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis, Ye Chen, Kevin W. Li Dr., Si-feng Liu 2011 University of Windsor

An Owa-Topsis Method For Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis, Ye Chen, Kevin W. Li Dr., Si-Feng Liu

Odette School of Business Publications

A hybrid approach integrating OWA (Ordered Weighted Averaging) aggregation into TOPSIS (technique for order performance by similarity to ideal solution) is proposed to tackle multiple criteria decision analysis (MCDA) problems. First, the setting of extreme points (ideal and anti-ideal points) in TOPSIS is redefined and extended for handling the multiple extreme points situation where a decision maker (DM) or multiple DMs can provide more than one pair of extreme points. Next, three different aggregation schemes are designed to integrate OWA into the TOPSIS analysis procedure. A numerical example is provided to demonstrate the proposed approach and the results are compared ...


Do Foreign Direct Investment And Trade Openness Accelerate Economic Growth?, Donna Chan Wah Hak 2011 Bryant University

Do Foreign Direct Investment And Trade Openness Accelerate Economic Growth?, Donna Chan Wah Hak

Honors Projects in Economics

This research investigates the impact of trade openness and foreign direct investment (FDI) on economic growth. Using a framework proposed by Barro (1991), panel data regression analysis is performed on 5-year time periods between 1985 and 2005. A sample of 89 countries is analyzed using data collected from the World Development Indicators (WDI), Penn World Table, Barro and Lee (2010), and Polity IV Project datasets. The empirical analysis shows that conditional convergence occurs among the countries in the sample and that FDI net inflows per worker slightly increases the speed of conditional convergence. This study also finds evidence that FDI ...


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