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Analyst Career Concerns, Effort Allocation, And Firms Information Environment, Jarrad HARFORD, Feng JIANG, Rong WANG, Fei XIE 2019 University of Washington

Analyst Career Concerns, Effort Allocation, And Firms Information Environment, Jarrad Harford, Feng Jiang, Rong Wang, Fei Xie

Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business

Analysts strategically allocate more effort to portfolio firms that are relatively more important to their careers. Thus, the other firms the analysts cover indirectly affect a firm’s information environment. Controlling for analyst and firm characteristics, we find that an analyst makes more accurate, frequent, and informative earnings forecasts and recommendations for firms ranked higher within her portfolio based on proxies for importance to institutions. A firm’s relative rank widely varies across analysts, but its information environment improves when a larger proportion of analysts consider it to be relatively important. Analysts experience more favorable career outcomes when strategically allocating ...


Examining Inter-Relationships Between Supervisor Full-Range Leadership, Organizational Climate Strength, And Employee Job Satisfaction Using Multi-Level Modeling, Bharat Mohan 2019 University of San Diego

Examining Inter-Relationships Between Supervisor Full-Range Leadership, Organizational Climate Strength, And Employee Job Satisfaction Using Multi-Level Modeling, Bharat Mohan

Dissertations

Employee job satisfaction, organizational climate, and supervisor leadership style have long been researched due to their influences on critical metrics for measuring organizational success. While the relationships between these three variables have been investigated, current research suffers from two major issues. First, no existing study has explored the inter-relationships between the aforementioned components within the same model. Second, existing studies are fraught with levels-of-analysis issues that yield findings that are either incomplete or inaccurate. This study addresses these issues by introducing organizational climate strength as a mediating variable (between supervisor leadership and employee satisfaction) and by employing multi-level modeling techniques ...


Exploring, Examining, And Explaining How Participatory Governance Adds Value To Saudi Foundations’ Philanthropic Strategy, Afnan E. Koshak 2019 University of San Diego

Exploring, Examining, And Explaining How Participatory Governance Adds Value To Saudi Foundations’ Philanthropic Strategy, Afnan E. Koshak

Dissertations

Foundations’ flexibility, given their independence from fundraising imperatives, competition forces, and accountability pressures, enables them to invest in long-term, high-risk, multi-level experiments to deal with the increasingly complex societal problems. This flexibility, coupled with the growing role philanthropy plays in promoting social welfare across the world, is arguably what makes studies that focus on foundations’ philanthropic approaches of utmost importance.

There is a mounting interest among scholars in the governance of foundations, the systems and processes concerned with ensuring the overall strategic direction of organizations. Influenced by agency and stewardship theories, an increasing number of studies address such topics as ...


Peloton: A Different Kind Of Ride, David Carlson 2019 University of Nebraska at Omaha

Peloton: A Different Kind Of Ride, David Carlson

Theses/Capstones/Creative Projects

Peloton is a highly successful company. The fitness industry is growing steadily. People are becoming more and more aware of their health and how exercise can help them live better as well as longer leading to the growth we have seen. The at home fitness industry has increasingly become about personalization and taking everything that was originally in a fitness center and putting it in a customer’s home.

While delivery drivers are under stress at Peloton, Peloton finds itself in great grace with a high valuation and a cult-like following. Peloton has made its money off high margins on ...


A Strategic Audit Of Runza Restaurants, Chase Caverzagie 2019 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

A Strategic Audit Of Runza Restaurants, Chase Caverzagie

Honors Theses, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Runza is a well-known, Nebraskan restaurant. As Runza begins to expand, and a new generation of buyers approaches, it is important for Runza to examine the horizon and think critically about their future strategy. Runza will need to decide what their next steps will be to maintain a competitive advantage, and be successful for many more years to come. This strategic audit will look at the company’s background, business model, the internal and external environment, and company strengths and weaknesses. Then, several strategy alternatives are proposed, with the selection and implementation plan of the best strategic alternative.


Strategic Audit Of Spotify, Lauren Maciejewski 2019 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Strategic Audit Of Spotify, Lauren Maciejewski

Honors Theses, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Spotify is a music streaming platform that originated in Sweden. Since inception, it has found immense success in the music streaming industry. It has the largest market share compared to other major competitors, Apple and Amazon. In 2018, Spotify was able to turn a profit for the first time. Royalties on music content has prevented the company from reducing their cost of goods sold. In order to make a sustainable business model, Spotify has to adjust their business model to attract consumers to more profitable products.


The Relationship Between Capital Structure And Profitability Of United States Manufacturing Companies: An Empirical Analysis, Cuibing Wu 2019 Morehead State University

The Relationship Between Capital Structure And Profitability Of United States Manufacturing Companies: An Empirical Analysis, Cuibing Wu

Morehead State Theses and Dissertations

A thesis presented to the faculty of the Elmer R. Smith College of Business and Technology at Morehead State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree Master of Science by Cuibing Wu on April 22, 2019.


Systemic Risk And The Ripple Effect In The Supply Chain, Kevin P. Scheibe, Jennifer Blackhurst 2019 Iowa State University

Systemic Risk And The Ripple Effect In The Supply Chain, Kevin P. Scheibe, Jennifer Blackhurst

Supply Chain and Information Systems Publications

Supply chains are highly complex systems, and disruptions may ripple through these systems in unexpected ways, but they may also start in unexpected ways. We investigate the causes of ripple effect through the lens of systemic risk. We derive supply chain systemic risk from the finance discipline where sources of risk are found in systemic risk-taking, contagion, and amplification mechanisms. In a supply chain context, we identify three dimensions that influence systemic risk, the nature of a disruption, the structure, and dependency of the supply chain, and the decision-making. Within these three dimensions, there are several factors including correlation of ...


Discussion On The Differences Between U.S And Chinese Management Styles, Bazil Cunningham 2019 Pepperdine University

Discussion On The Differences Between U.S And Chinese Management Styles, Bazil Cunningham

Global Tides

In an increasingly globalized world, conducting business with leaders from various parts of the world is inevitable. An understanding of the managerial styles of leaders is imperative to the long-term success and influence of an international corporation. This paper will introduce the managerial styles of executives from U.S and Chinese based companies and point out the variations in style that exist. Information received from interviews with Chinese and U.S managers will assist in determining the differences between each style. The synthesis of qualitative research analysis and scholarly data will aid in forming the argument as to whether both ...


Strategic Audit Of Adidas, Mason Wright 2019 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Strategic Audit Of Adidas, Mason Wright

Honors Theses, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Adidas is a well-established brand in the world of sportswear and lifestyle clothing. In recent years, the company has been regaining success after a period of stagnation. Spurring this success is the renewed popularity of old classic shoe models and a surge in the lifestyle clothing trend. While adidas is doing well, it is not the top sportswear company in the world and is far behind in North America. In an attempt to boost the recent success even further, this thesis analyzes the current situation that adidas faces including its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. With this information as a ...


Strategic Audit Of The National Football League, Jordan T. Hansen 2019 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Strategic Audit Of The National Football League, Jordan T. Hansen

Honors Theses, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The National Football League (NFL) is the most popular American Football league in the world. The league was formed in 1920, and has managed to survive new entrants to the marketplace, and unstable political situations, to maintain its status as the most watched, and most popular professional sports league in the United States. With revenues each year in excess of $13 billion, and projected stimates of $25 billion in yearly revenue by 2027, the NFL is thriving financially. However, one could argue that the NFL is presented with issues today that it has never faced before, and may be forced ...


A Strategic Audit Of Nintendo Co., Ltd., Emily Wagner 2019 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

A Strategic Audit Of Nintendo Co., Ltd., Emily Wagner

Honors Theses, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The astounding success of the Nintendo Switch since its launch in March 2017 has brought Nintendo back into the spotlight of the gaming industry. However, what strategies led to the Switch’s success, enabling Nintendo to come back from the complete and utter failure of the Wii U? Also, what does Nintendo need to do to maintain its success over the lifetime of the Switch and beyond? This paper offers a strategic analysis of Nintendo, examining the company’s history, recent products, competitive advantages, and reasons for the success of the Switch. It also provides an analysis of Nintendo’s ...


Microsoft: A Strategic Audit, Jacob Paul Warner 2019 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Microsoft: A Strategic Audit, Jacob Paul Warner

Honors Theses, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This thesis is submitted in partial fulfillment of the University Honors Program Requirements. It discusses Microsoft Corporation and its placement within the tech industry using different analyses such as PEST, Porter’s, and SWOT. In addition to its placement, the thesis explores what strategies Microsoft could pursue next. The industry is highly competitive, so Microsoft needs to stay on its toes and continue to build upon its strengths to remain at its current competitive level. The cloud industry is rapidly growing, so it would be best if Microsoft used its global presence and existing infrastructure to build upon its existing ...


A Strategic Audit Of Tesla, John J. Stobbe Jr. 2019 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

A Strategic Audit Of Tesla, John J. Stobbe Jr.

Honors Theses, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This paper examines in depth one of the most innovative companies in recent years: Tesla. Redefining what it means to be an electric car, Tesla has produced impressive cars year after year. However, they’ve run into tremendous production issues and have still yet to make any significant profits. This strategic audit analyzes Tesla’s current place in the market and considers many perspectives to come to a proposed recommendation. This recommendation is to secure its market share and resolve production issues. This could be accomplished through sticking to only a few Tesla car models, then iterating year after year ...


Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Strategic Audit, Jessica Salzar 2019 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Strategic Audit, Jessica Salzar

Honors Theses, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Berkshire Hathaway is an extremely successful, well-known company. With Warren Buffett approaching retirement, it is important that the company prepares its stakeholders and is strategically prepared. What must be determined is whether or not Berkshire Hathaway needs to implement a new strategy or continue doing what it is already doing. This strategic audit analyzes Berkshire Hathaway's company history, internal and external environment, competitive advantages, and organizational structure. After the analysis of Berkshire Hathaway, several strategy alternatives are considered, ending with a strategic recommendation, implementation plan, and contingency plan.


Strategic Audit Of Mls, Jacob Reed Miller 2019 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Strategic Audit Of Mls, Jacob Reed Miller

Honors Theses, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Major League Soccer (MLS) is the highest caliber soccer league in the United States. The league, formed in 1995, has grown from just ten teams to twenty-four, with more on the way. The league has rebounded from a period of losses in the early 2000s and has established new fan bases through the usage of the designated player rule. This paper analyzes the current situation of MLS, as of the spring of 2019, and proposes a strategic recommendation. The current situation of MLS is evaluated using SWOT and PEST tools, and the strategic recommendation is created based on MLS’s ...


A Strategic Audit Of Corecivic, Reid Gahan 2019 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

A Strategic Audit Of Corecivic, Reid Gahan

Honors Theses, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

CoreCivic is a private prison company headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 1983, CoreCivic exists to “better the public good.” The company believes it can do this through its three branches: CoreCivic Security, CoreCivic Community, and CoreCivic Properties.

CoreCivic Security is the main business segment. It is responsible for directly managing 77 correctional and detention facilities. CoreCivic Community is a small branch that attempts to ease the reentry process for inmates that are released. CoreCivic Properties is a vital part of CoreCivic, as this branch allows the company to operate as an REIT. Properties is responsible for providing real estate ...


Strategic Audit Of Kohl's Corporation, Abigail Jarratt 2019 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Strategic Audit Of Kohl's Corporation, Abigail Jarratt

Honors Theses, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Since its founding in Brookfield, Wisconsin Kohl’s Corporation has managed to adapt and consistently satisfy customer needs. By focusing on customer experience Kohl’s has become a le leader within the department store industry capturing $19.1 billion in total sales. However, with recent shifts in the retail and department store industry, it is time to take a step back and analyze its strategy given the current state of the economy.

As such, this report will investigate the current state of Kohl’s Corporation and provide future recommendations. Companies within the department store industry must continue grow and adapt ...


Strategic Audit Of Allianz Life Insurance Of North America, Jacob Rosebaugh 2019 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Strategic Audit Of Allianz Life Insurance Of North America, Jacob Rosebaugh

Honors Theses, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This report investigates the history and current situation of Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, an annuity provider located in Minneapolis, MN. The company faces several challenges going forward, including determining how to best compete with large companies in the same market such as Amazon. This report looks at Allianz Life’s current standing using tools such as SWOT and PEST analyses and examines the company’s competitive analysis. Allianz Life is recommended to continue with their current strategy because while it doesn’t make them the best in the industry, Allianz Life adherence to its vision statement makes ...


A Strategic Audit Of Microsoft, Alexander Eitzman 2019 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

A Strategic Audit Of Microsoft, Alexander Eitzman

Honors Theses, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This paper provides an analysis of Microsoft’s current market placement and performance, based off external and internal factors, as well as tools such as SWOT analysis. The goal of this audit is to provide an understanding of Microsoft’s current positioning and strategy, as well as a look into possible paths going forward. Additionally, alternative strategies are discussed, and a recommendation is made to which Microsoft should pursue to continue its success. The recommendation reached is that Microsoft should focus on keeping numbers of active Windows users up, as well as pursue a subscription-based model for Windows updates and ...


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