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Major League Baseball: America’S Recession-Proof Pastime, Mark McDonnell 2010 Bryant University

Major League Baseball: America’S Recession-Proof Pastime, Mark Mcdonnell

Honors Projects in Finance

This project is a study which examines how attendance levels in Major League Baseball stadiums have been impacted by the current recession in the United States which began in October 2007. Research on attendance during past recessions has shown a strong relationship that during downtrends in the economy, baseball attendance levels generally do not suffer. Using an ordinary least squares regression, independent variables including; percent change in ticket price from previous season, distance to closest competitor, percent change in ticket price of the closest competitor, winning percentage during previous year, winning percentage during current year, unemployment rate during current year ...


World Digital Library: Bringing Together Best Practices And Superb Content, Angela P. Murillo 2010 University of Iowa

World Digital Library: Bringing Together Best Practices And Superb Content, Angela P. Murillo

B Sides

The unparalleled World Digital Library (WDL) was conceptualized by James H. Billington who proposed his idea to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO in 2005. Mr. Billington has been the Librarian of Congress since 1989 and has been a catalyst for many visionary projects including the American Memory Historical Collections and the National Digital Library Program. He has consistently been extraordinarily forward thinking particularly in regard to technology; since “the 1990s he recognized the potential of the Internet as a tool for peace by bringing together nations’ primary documents that tell the stories of the world’s people and ...


Gen Ms 24 T.A. Huston & Co. Chocolate Box Finding Aid, Karin A. France 2010 University of Southern Maine

Gen Ms 24 T.A. Huston & Co. Chocolate Box Finding Aid, Karin A. France

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Description:

In the early 1920s, T. A. Huston & Co. of Auburn built a 7-story bakery building in Portland, which became the Glickman Library of USM in the early 1990s. This is the original packaging of "Clover Leaf Chocolate Peppermints," produced by T. A. Huston & Co.

Size of Collection:

0.25 ft.


Gen Ms 25 T.A. Huston & Co. Salesman's Catalog Finding Aid, Karin A. France 2010 University of Southern Maine

Gen Ms 25 T.A. Huston & Co. Salesman's Catalog Finding Aid, Karin A. France

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Description:

In the early 1920s, T. A. Huston & Co. of Auburn built a 7-story bakery building in Portland, which became the Glickman Library of USM in the early 1990s. This is a 3-ring binder containing a color facsimile of a salesman's catalog, ca. 1912, of T. A. Huston & Co.

Date Range:

ca. 1912

Size of Collection:

0.25 ft.


The Perceived Credibility Of Brand Mention In Magazine Articles In Comparison To Advertorials And Traditional Paid Advertisements, Christina Conner 2010 Bryant University

The Perceived Credibility Of Brand Mention In Magazine Articles In Comparison To Advertorials And Traditional Paid Advertisements, Christina Conner

Honors Projects in Marketing

This study explores the perceived credibility of brand mention in magazine editorials compared to advertorials and traditional paid advertisements. Surveys were administered to three groups of college students after viewing an editorial, an advertorial or a paid advertisement. Respondents were asked to identify their level of agreement regarding credibility, likeability and perceived selling intent of the content.


Results indicate that advertorials are perceived to be less credible than editorials and traditional paid advertisements. Traditional paid advertisements are perceived to be the most credible method of brand mention in magazines. It can also be determined as a result of this study ...


Online Video Contest Effects On Brand And Ad Attitudes, Daniel A. Janis 2010 Bryant University

Online Video Contest Effects On Brand And Ad Attitudes, Daniel A. Janis

Honors Projects in Marketing

This research investigates how online video contests (OVCs) affect brand image, as measured by brand and advertisement attitudes. After conducting a pre-test to discover an appropriate product for the Generation Y target market, we ran an experiment examining OVCs, television, and magazine ad’s effects on multi-item measures of brand and advertisement attitudes. One hundred twenty-one subjects were randomly assigned to one of the three test conditions. The OVC significantly resulted in positive brand attitudes for the hedonic dimension such as feelings and attractiveness of the brand. For the more functional characteristics, OVCs did not influence brand attitudes. OVCs also ...


Possible Solutions To The Rhode Island State Government’S Unfunded Pension Liability, Derek Blunt 2010 Bryant University

Possible Solutions To The Rhode Island State Government’S Unfunded Pension Liability, Derek Blunt

Honors Projects in Finance

This paper examines the possible causes of the nationwide unfunded public pension liability problem in the U.S., and what solutions are being proposed to combat the issue. After examining the general problems associated with multiple states’ pension systems, a specific analysis of the Rhode Island public pension system will be conducted. Through this investigation, the factors that led to the crisis in Rhode Island will be unveiled, and possible solutions to the state-specific problem will be developed. In order to arrive at a set of final recommendations for the government, a model will be used to evaluate the effects ...


Non-Profit Organizations In A Down Economy: The Financial Performance Of Higher Education Institutions In The New England Area, Yuanjun Li 2010 Bryant University

Non-Profit Organizations In A Down Economy: The Financial Performance Of Higher Education Institutions In The New England Area, Yuanjun Li

Honors Projects in Finance

An economic recession affects an entire economy, including the non-profit sector. The impact could result from changes in government support, a decrease in donations, investment income, service fees or a combination. Many private universities and colleges, which rely on tuition and endowment, have been affected by a dip in enrollments, while their endowments shrink because of the recession and declining stock values. This study will examine how an economic recession can affect non-profit organizations, focusing on private, four-year higher education institutions in New England. Different types and sizes of schools will be affected differently. Since the large, well-known schools have ...


Does The ‘Ease Of Doing Business’ In A Country Influence Its Foreign Direct Investment Inflows?, Katherine Piwonski 2010 Bryant University

Does The ‘Ease Of Doing Business’ In A Country Influence Its Foreign Direct Investment Inflows?, Katherine Piwonski

Honors Projects in Finance

Foreign direct investment has been studied for years. It is generally accepted as a positive influence on the domestic market and governments have begun actively seeking it out. This study is meant to possibly connect government actions, for which the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business Index’ was used as a proxy, to an increase in foreign direct investment inflows. The goal of this study is to help governments make more informed decisions about if and how to attract foreign direct investment. The research was done by running a regression model to find a connection between changes in foreign direct investment ...


Financial Literacy: The Impact Of Financial Training In High School On The Credit Behavior Of College Students, Lisa Tenaglia 2010 Bryant University

Financial Literacy: The Impact Of Financial Training In High School On The Credit Behavior Of College Students, Lisa Tenaglia

Honors Projects in Finance

Managing credit is increasingly important not only for adults, but for college students. In recent years with sky rocketing tuition and easily available credit, college students find themselves with increasing debt burdens that result in serious and lasting financial problems. In response, financial literacy programs are emerging in hopes that better educated people will make healthy financial decisions, as well as responsibly manage credit. Research suggests that financial education should begin in high school so that young adults can effectively manage credit during the college years. This study assesses both college students’ financial knowledge and their credit management practices. Specifically ...


Advertising Competition In Retail Markets, Kyle BAGWELL, Gea Myoung LEE 2010 Stanford University

Advertising Competition In Retail Markets, Kyle Bagwell, Gea Myoung Lee

Research Collection School Of Economics

We consider non-price advertising by retail firms that are privately informed as to their respective production costs. We construct an advertising equilibrium, in which informed consumers use an advertising search rule whereby they buy from the highest-advertising firm. Consumers are rational in using the advertising search rule, since the lowest-cost firm advertises the most and also selects the lowest price. Even though the advertising equilibrium facilitates productive effi ciency, we establish conditions under which firms enjoy higher expected profit when advertising is banned. Consumer welfare falls in this case, however. Under free entry, social surplus is higher when advertising is ...


Engagement Opportunities At Syracuse University, Jillian Zarem 2010 Syracuse University

Engagement Opportunities At Syracuse University, Jillian Zarem

Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects

Hillel at Syracuse University is an organization on campus with the mission of, “Creating a diverse, dynamic, and welcoming Jewish community on the Syracuse University Campus” (“Hillel at Syracuse University,” 2009). Hillel offers a wide variety of programs in order to fulfill the aforementioned mission statement including:

  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Community Service Experiences
  • Cultural and Religious Events
  • Educational and Informational Sessions
  • Student Facilities including Gym, Kosher Dining Hall, Library, and so on

When exploring Hillel’s various opportunities, there is one program in particular that reaches out to students in a way that no other program has done before.

FreshFest, Hillel ...


Advertising Collusion In Retail Markets, Kyle Bagwell, Gea Myoung LEE 2010 Singapore Management University

Advertising Collusion In Retail Markets, Kyle Bagwell, Gea Myoung Lee

Research Collection School Of Economics

We analyze non-price advertising by retail firms, when the firms are privately informed about their respective costs of production. In a static advertising game, an advertising equilibrium exists in which lower-cost firms select higher advertising levels. In this equilibrium, informed consumers rationally employ an advertising search rule in which they buy from the highest- advertising firm, since lower-cost firms also select lower prices. In a repeated advertising game, colluding firms face a tradeoff: the use of advertising can promote productive efficiency but only if sufficient current or future advertising expenses are incurred. At one extreme, if firms pool at zero ...


The Value Of An Associate Degree In Culinary Arts From A Public Postsecondary School Versus A Private School, John F. Maas 2010 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The Value Of An Associate Degree In Culinary Arts From A Public Postsecondary School Versus A Private School, John F. Maas

UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones

Through an analysis of tuition data, this paper explores the difference in cost of an associate degree in culinary arts from public and private postsecondary schools. The average cost of the associate degree in culinary arts at private school is more than 500% higher than the average cost at the public schools. This disparity in cost raises a question of value. Is the degree from a private school worth more to justify the additional cost? The literature review established the use of post-graduation earnings as an accepted measure of the value of the degree. Surveys conducted by the American Culinary ...


“Brick & Mortar” Education And “Real World” Experience: Assessing Hrm Alumni Perceptions Of Their Early Professional Development, Jennifer Mencl, Scott W. Lester, Kristina A. Bourne, Cheryl Maranto 2010 University of Minnesota - Duluth

“Brick & Mortar” Education And “Real World” Experience: Assessing Hrm Alumni Perceptions Of Their Early Professional Development, Jennifer Mencl, Scott W. Lester, Kristina A. Bourne, Cheryl Maranto

Management Faculty Research and Publications

In this research we examined the extent to which three distinct human resource management (HRM) undergraduate programs provide coverage of the 13 core content areas specified by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and explored the usefulness of various ways of learning including their undergraduate coursework, an internship, and previous work experience as related to early professional development. Based on perceptions of HRM alumni, the findings reveal that the three curricula provided significant differences in levels of proficiency in seven of the core areas and in perceived usefulness of the learning methods. Implications for HRM curriculum development and students ...


Mass Business Report, College of Management, University of Massachusetts Boston 2010 University of Massachusetts Boston

Mass Business Report, College Of Management, University Of Massachusetts Boston

Financial Services Forum Publications

Welcome to the College of Management, UMass Boston, Financial Services Forum’s Spring 2010 report on the Massachusetts economy. The spotlight of this report is the Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (FIRE) sector in Massachusetts.


Audience Reach Projection For The 2010 Fifa World Cup In South Africa, Valeria G. Montero 2010 University of Pennsylvania

Audience Reach Projection For The 2010 Fifa World Cup In South Africa, Valeria G. Montero

Wharton Research Scholars

My project with the Wharton Interactive Media Initiative (WIMI) aims to model individual consumption behavior of 2010 World Cup content across ESPN's media platforms. We specified and tested two Hidden Markov models on simulated data to forecast mutli-platform reach. Currently we are developing a Bayesian multivariate regression with time-varying covariates. Communicating with ESPN executives and analyzing data from the 2010 NCAA March Madness Basketball championship allowed us to identify expected reach patterns for digital platforms. The March Madness dataset also helped us understand how the World Cup data will be measured. Our next steps are to improve the specifications ...


Dynamic Capabilities, Absorptive Capacity And Knowledge Sharing: A Research Agenda Into Explicating The Antecedent Factors Conducive To Subsidiary Bargaining Power, Marty Reilly, Pamela Sharkey Scott 2010 Dublin Institute of Technology

Dynamic Capabilities, Absorptive Capacity And Knowledge Sharing: A Research Agenda Into Explicating The Antecedent Factors Conducive To Subsidiary Bargaining Power, Marty Reilly, Pamela Sharkey Scott

Conference Papers

This research explores the relationship between relative absorptive capacity – a firm‟s proficiency at acquiring, assimilating, transforming and ultimately exploiting knowledge – and subsidiary bargaining power. In building upon the existing dynamic capabilities framework it is advanced that absorptive capacity, as a mediator, serves not only as a valid dynamic capability but also as an enabling mechanism and a vehicle by which subsidiary bargaining power can be achieved. The antecedent factors conducive to building relative absorptive capacity are critically evaluated and built upon in a subsidiary specific context. The contribution of these new factors provides insight into the enabling constructs conducive ...


Technology-Enabled Retail Services And Online Sales Performance, Anteneh Ayanso, Kaveepan Lertwachara, Narongsak Thongpapanl 2010 Brock University

Technology-Enabled Retail Services And Online Sales Performance, Anteneh Ayanso, Kaveepan Lertwachara, Narongsak Thongpapanl

Management, HR and Information Systems

Drawing on the past literature on four retail service areas: content management, customer management, multi-channel management, and visitor traffic management, this research offers an empirical analysis of the relationships between these four service areas and the online sales performance of Web retailers. Using data from an independent source on the profiles as well as operational and sales performances of the top-ranked Web retailers, we map the retailers’ online features into a unified conceptual framework that incorporates the above four broad areas, and empirically study their direct implications on online sales performance. The results show that the retailers’ efforts in content ...


Not Paying Dividends? A Decomposition Of The Decline In Dividend Payers, Candra S. Chahyadi, Jesus M. Salas 2010 Eastern Illinois University

Not Paying Dividends? A Decomposition Of The Decline In Dividend Payers, Candra S. Chahyadi, Jesus M. Salas

Faculty Research & Creative Activity

Current payout policy literature contends that firms’ propensity to pay dividends declined between 1978 and 1998. Using the Oaxaca decomposition methodology, we measure changes in the propensity to pay dividends between 1978 and 1998. Results suggest that firms today have only a slightly lower propensity to pay dividends. Furthermore, when we also categorize firms that use stock repurchases as dividend payers, we find that 100% of the decline in the proportion of dividend payers can be explained by changes in firm characteristics only. The difference is that firms that firms are now repurchasing stock instead of paying dividends.


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