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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.


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2013 2018


The object of the present study is to examine methods in which the company can optimize their costs on third-party suppliers whom oversee other third-party trade labor. The third parties in scope of this study are suspected to overstaff their workforce, thus overcharging the company. We will introduce a complex spreadsheet model that will propose a proper project staffing level based on key qualitative variables and statistics. Using the model outputs, the Thesis team proposes a headcount solution for the company and problem areas to focus on, going forward. All sources of information come from company proprietary and confidential documents.

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Loo, Andrew, Brennan, Michael, Sheiner, Alexander, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

This paper examines the qualitative and quantitative effects of the 2008 financial crisis on the current landscape of the investment banking industry. We begin by reviewing what occurred during the financial crisis, including which banks took TARP money, which banks became bank holding companies, and significant mergers and acquisitions. We then examine the new regulations that were created in reaction to the crisis, including the Dodd-Frank Act. In particular, we focus on the Volcker Rule, which is a section of the act that prohibits proprietary trading and other risky activities at banks. Then we shift into a quantitative analysis of ...

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Patel, Aashay, Goulder, Gregory, Simonson, Mark, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

Leveraged buyouts have gone in and out of popularity over the last four decades. The first wave began in the 1980’s with the rising popularity of junk bonds, followed by years of economic downturn, and then a rise and respective fall from the dot com era. However, in the 2000’s, attitudes were high and a period of low interest rates, covenant-lite loans, and relaxed lending conditions gave rise to some of the largest leveraged buyouts in US history. As the name implies, leveraged buyouts are predominantly structured with debt, around 70% of the total transaction value. Private equity firms execute ...

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Nelson, Corey Mitchell, Simonson, Mark, Aragon, George, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

We chose to analyze Apple’s current cash and cash equivalents balance of $246.1 billion. To fully understand how to maximize Apple’s investment using this cash balance, we performed detailed due diligence on the company. We analyzed the history of apple, a timeline of their major product releases, their financial statements, product mix, and the industries in which they operate. This allowed us to gain a deeper understanding of available opportunities. After doing our due diligence on the company, we look at their current cash levels and potential reasons that the cash balance has been increasing so quickly. Another component of ...

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Muscheid, Michael, Klein, Matthew, Lauro, John, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

This paper seeks to put a spotlight on much that is wrong in the United States with cancer drug development, pricing, marketing and outcomes. Roche Pharmaceutical's cancer drug, Avastin will be used as an example to highlight these issues. Drug patents, Medicare policies, weak metrics of efficacy and ceaseless demand—allow drug manufacturers to price their oncology treatments as they choose, regardless of results, and with virtually no competition, avenue or institution that serves to lower prices in the United States. Avastin will be established as an oncology drug that is overpriced and poorly evaluated based on its effectiveness. Facts, opinions ...

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Trettin, Michael William, Simonson, Mark, Budolfson, Arthur, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

I will determine what the Average Handle Time goal should be for the company and establish why the Average Handle Time has increased over time. I am looking at data compiled from July 1st 2012 to June 30th 2013 in order to assist the company so it can budget resources more effectively in the future. For this project, there are a few questions I aim to answer. The questions are as followed: 1. What should the budgeted Average Handle Time be for the company in future time periods? 2. What are some improvements that can be made in order to ...

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King, Dylan Michael Hiroshi, Simonson, Mark, Luna, David, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

This thesis is a Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Pitchbook for the Boston Beer Company (SAM) to acquire the Craft Brew Alliance (BREW). This thesis includes a background on the beer industry, the craft beer industry, SAM and BREW. As well, the thesis includes an analysis of the reasons for the acquisition, potential risks and downsides, a valuation analysis including all of the potential and realistic synergies, conclusions and a recommendation to SAM to acquire BREW before a larger company does.

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Zulanas, Charles, Simonson, Mark, Aragon, George, et al.
Created Date
2015-04-01

We gathered and analyzed key data from a wide-range of competitors in the foundry, fabless, and Integrated design manufacturing business. After detecting a downward trend in the return of invested capital (ROIC) and higher capital intensity of Company X, we searched for alternatives to turn this around. We conclude that, to decrease the net PPE of Company X, a sale-leaseback transaction would help Company X reduce their balance sheet and provided financing to advance their manufacturing capabilities.

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Gupta, Viraj Chandra, Bhat, Arjun, Brock, Ethan, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

We gathered and analyzed key data from a wide-range of competitors in the foundry, fabless, and Integrated design manufacturing business. After detecting a downward trend in the return of invested capital (ROIC) and higher capital intensity of Company X, we searched for alternatives to turn this around. We conclude that, to decrease the net PPE of Company X, a sale-leaseback transaction would help Company X reduce their balance sheet and provided financing to advance their manufacturing capabilities.

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Macha, Sanketh, Bhat, Arjun, Gamperl, Max, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

This thesis looks into the current method a particular company uses to value its inventory carrying costs (ICC). By identifying costs incurred during all stages of production, along with incorporating industry standards and academic research while avoiding the shortcomings of the company’s current method, this thesis was able to derive a more comprehensive and manageable tool for measuring ICC. Our findings led to concrete recommendations, which will provide real value to company managers by improving the accuracy of project finance calculations, supply chain optimization modeling, and numerous other decisions relying on accurate inventory data inputs.

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Dougherty, Mitch, Marshall, Jeffrey, Zieler, Jason, et al.
Created Date
2014-05