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2015 2019


In the last two years, China’s booming of Internet Finance Platform made significant impacts on three dimensions. Compared with the conventional market, Internet Finance is asserted to open a revolutionary pathway of lending where by small and mid-sized companies may overcome the financing dilemma on credit accessibility and high cost. In other words, Internet Finance is hyped to be able to reduce information asymmetry, enhance allocation efficiency of resources, and promote product and process innovations for the financial institutions. However, the core essence of Internet Finance rests on risk assessment and control – a fundamental element applies to all forms …

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Zhang, Qi, Pei, Ker-Wei, Gu, Bin, et al.
Created Date
2016

Executive compensation design involving equity shares has been widely used in Europe, the United States and other developed countries where the capital markets are relatively mature. In China, due to the differences in industries, ownership structure, stages of enterprise development, constraints faced by the firms, the executive compensation design using equity shares tends to vary accordingly. For the state-owned companies, the situations are more complex than others. This complexity has not been a focus of the past literature, particularly on the compensation contract design and its subsequent implementation. Based on Coase contract theorem, agency theory and human capital theory, I …

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An, Hongjun, Pei, Ker-Wei, Chen, Hong, et al.
Created Date
2016

Despite significant growth in research about supply chain integration, many questions remain unanswered regarding the path to integration and the benefits that can be accrued. This dissertation examines three aspects of supply chain integration in the health sector, leveraging the healthcare context to extend the theoretical boundaries, as well as applying supply chain knowledge to an industry known to be immature in terms of its supply chain practices. In the first chapter, a supply chain operating model that breaks away from the traditional healthcare supply chain structures is examined. Consolidated Service Centers (CSCs) embody a shared services strategy, consolidating supply …

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Abdulsalam, Yousef J., Schneller, Eugene S, Gopalakrishnan, Mohan, et al.
Created Date
2016

The emergence and fast growth of shared workspaces have attracted increasing attention from investors, practitioners, and researchers. Overall, this industry is still at an early stage of development and the business models of shared workspace providers are still evolving. To enhance the understanding of the different business models adopted by the leading shared workspace providers, I conduct an in-depth qualitative analysis of three current market leaders - Regus, WeWork, and UrWork – using the Business Model Canvas proposed by Osterwalder (2008). My analysis suggests that shared workspace providers creates value by offering three tiers of services: (1) satisfying users’ needs …

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He, Chi, Shen, Wei, Chen, Xinlei, et al.
Created Date
2018

Since the 2008 financial crisis, the total assets managed by U.S. mutual funds have frequently hit new highs and the industry has become increasingly concentrated. In the meantime, two strategies have emerged in the American mutual fund industry: active and passive management. What factors affect the market shares of firms that adopted these two different strategies? Building on strategic management theories, I suggest that mutual fund families that adopted active and passive management strategies tend to compete in different dimensions. Active management fund families tend to implement the product differentiation strategy, competing on “product quality” through excess-returns, innovative and differentiated …

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Liu, Jianping, Zhu, Hongquan, Chang, Chun, et al.
Created Date
2018

With regard to business modules in Chinese delivery services companies, there has long been a heated debate on whether franchising or direct management is the better module for Chinese market. But most prior discussion was lightweight, unconvincing and without any theoretical framework. This research examines three major management problems in Chinese delivery services: 1. The reason for choosing franchising module, 2. The relationship between franchising module and implementation of the product, 3. The functions of IT in delivery services. By reviewing theories on enterprise boundary and summarizing the six features of franchising contracts in Chinese delivery business as well as …

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Yang, Zhoulong, Pei, Ker-Wei, Zhang, Anmin, et al.
Created Date
2018

It is important and with significant practical value to study how positioning may help enhance a company’s brand value and improve a company’s profitability. It is especially essential to find suitable solution to help Chinese enterprises appropriately position their brands, evaluate brand value, and adopt suitable positioning strategy. The purpose of this paper is to clarify the impact of positioning on brand value through several case studies and empirical research, and to establish the relationship between positioning and brand value. At the same time, through determination of research topics and conduction of field studies, the paper ultimately verified the relationship …

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Guo, Min, Pei, Ker-Wei, Cui, Haitao, et al.
Created Date
2016

As an alternative to the traditional public transportation system, (urban) rail transit has many advantages such as large capacity, fast speed, tight schedule, safety and comfort, and punctuality, , and has gradually become a top choice of many cities in countering environmental pollution and optimizing traffic quality. At the same time, we must also see that huge amounts of capital are required for the construction of rail transit. The traditional reliance on government investment clearly has its own limitations. The investment not only has a long cost-recovery cycle and a low rate of return, but also hardly attracts investments from …

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Hu, Huihua, Gu, Bin, Zhang, Anmin, et al.
Created Date
2018

Under the background of the "new normal" of China's economy and the contraction of traditional financial sector, the development of Internet finance provides new financing channels for SMEs and individual financial needs. But with rapid development of the Internet finance, the overall risk also appears gradually as well as the platform differentiation appears more evidently. China's Internet financial industry enters the stage of standardization development. In order to effectively prevent and resolve Internet financial risks and create a good internet financial environment, we need to identify the risk factors of Internet financial industry. Through reference carding of the existing literature, …

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Sheng, Yuxin, Gu, Bin, Zhang, Anmin, et al.
Created Date
2018

The traditional newspaper industry has been under tremendous pressure in recent years due to the emergence and growth of new media. Experiencing of a fast-shrinking market share, many traditional newspaper companies are either pushed out of business or are forced to innovate and reform. In this thesis, I investigate the organizational changes at one of the largest newspaper groups in China, particularly regarding its incentive systems as the group adjusts its business scopes under both internal and external institutional constraints. Publishers of newspapers were traditionally considered non-profit organizations or social institutions in China. Because of their focus on social goals, …

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Qiu, Xin, Shen, Wei, Hwang, Yuhchang, et al.
Created Date
2016

Shareholder Activism is a mechanism by which investors who hold a significant but non-majority percentage of a company’s stock, exercise their voting rights, participate in corporate governance and influence operational decisions of target companies. The purpose is improve corporate governance, increase firm performance and boost share -holders’ returns. Existing studies of shareholder activism, based largely in mature capital markets like the US, come to different conclusions regarding its impact on firm performance. In this paper, I collect data on shareholder activism events in the China A Share market between 2006 and 2016. The sample includes 60 companies targeted by 42 …

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Xie, Fenghua, Wahal, Sunil, Yan, Hong, et al.
Created Date
2017

The workforce demographics in the United States are rapidly changing. According to census information, 35% of working adults are project to retire within the next 20 years. The construction is being particularly affected by this demographic shift as fewer employees are entering into the industry. This shift is especially bad among project professionals within the industry. The response to these changing demographics depends on how companies manage their talent and plan for successions. In order to investigate this workforce problem in the construction industry, the author has partnered with an expert panel of human resource executives from various companies in …

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Gunnoe, Jake Alan, Sullivan, Kenneth, Wiezel, Avi, et al.
Created Date
2017

Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) have been playing a very significant role in the capital market. Many companies regard mergers and acquisitions as an important way for their business expansion and transformation. This paper begins with a review of literature on firm’s motivations of and outcomes in M&A, and followed by a critical examination of three case studies of actual M&A transactions based on the insights provided from the literature review. For each case study, a firm’s motivations and related managerial initiatives for M&A activities were examined, followed by an assessment of the firm’s post M&A performance results. This allows the …

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Yang, Zhibo, Pei, Ker-Wei, Qian, Jun, et al.
Created Date
2018

Private placement is an important financing tool for listed companies in China, and the lock-up arrangement is its supporting system. The Efficient Market Hypothesis suggests that, if investor expectations are unbiased, there will be no abnormal fluctuations in the stock prices of listed companies before and after the unlocking day. However, around the time of the unlocking of private placement shares, the stock prices generally show a V-shaped pattern. Through the empirical analysis of the Chinese A-share stocks from May 8th,2006 to December 31st, 2016, I found that from the 40th day before the unlocking day to the 90th day …

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Zhang, Hongwei, Zhu, Hongquan, Yan, Hong, et al.
Created Date
2018

Starting from 21st century BC, China has had strong but isolated philosophies for making things, which dominated the style and spirit of Chinese design. With globalization, however, contemporary Chinese design fell under the influence of Western design including design practice, design theory, and education. Today, by improving capacity for independent innovation, and creating its own brand, China may be able to change its current practices of production that are defined by high consumption of resources, high pollution and low value-add. The search for high-quality Chinese design, which is both original and innovative with unique and identifiable features, has become a …

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Ren, Liqi, Giard, Jacques, Boradkar, Prasad, et al.
Created Date
2018

Due to the booming young mothers and fathers in the new era as well as the changes in the concept of parenting and the favorable liberalization of China's second child policy, the maternal-baby nursing market continues to grow, and it has become a must for businesses nowadays. In 2020, the size of the maternal-baby nursing market will reach 3.6 trillion. (Data: Yibang Power China's Maternal and Child Industry White Paper 2017). The rapid development of mobile Internet, highly transparent information, consumers grasp the sovereignty, along with the rise of the middle class, consumption increase encouraged personalized, customized needs. The boundaries …

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Wang, Jianguo, Gu, Bin, Chen, Hong, et al.
Created Date
2018

Recognizing that CEOs are less capable of diversifying their employment risks than shareholders who could diversify their investment risks through portfolio investments, agency theory assumes that CEOs tend to be risk averse compared with shareholders. Based on this assumption, agency theory scholars suggest that to align the risk preference of CEOs with that of shareholders, CEOs need to be closely monitored and have less power. SEC regulators have been adopting the suggestion and accordingly CEO power has been reduced in the past decades. However, the empirical results are mixed and cannot provide solid support for the suggestion that reducing CEO …

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Zhu, Qi, Shen, Wei, Zhu, David, et al.
Created Date
2019

This dissertation offers three essays that investigate consumers’ health-related food choices and behaviors from three different, yet complementary, angles. The first essay uses an eye-tracking experiment to examine consumers’ visual attention to the Nutrition Facts Panels for healthy and unhealthy products. In this essay, I focus on how involvement and familiarity affect consumers’ attention toward the Nutrition Facts panel and how these two psychological factors interact with new label format changes in attracting consumers’ attention. In the second essay, I demonstrate using individual-level scanner data that nutritional attributes interact with marketing mix elements to affect consumers’ nutrition intake profiles and …

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Xie, Yi, Richards, Timothy, Mandel, Naomi, et al.
Created Date
2018

The recent changes in the software markets gave users an unprecedented number of alternatives for any given task. In such a competitive environment, it is imperative to understand what drives user behavior. To that end, the research presented in this dissertation, tries to uncover the impact of business strategies often used in the software markets. The dissertation is organized into three distinct studies into user choice and post choice use of software. First using social judgment theory as foundation, zero price strategies effects on user choice is investigated, with respect to product features, consumer characteristics, and context effects. Second, role …

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Kanat, Irfan Emrah, Santanam, Raghu, Vinze, Ajay, et al.
Created Date
2016

This thesis investigates whether mergers and acquisitions (M&As) help increase the competitive advantage and core competency of Chinese securities companies. Although M&As among Chinese securities companies were almost exclusively guided by the Chinese government in the earlier years, they have increasingly become more market-driven in recent years. Many large Chinese securities companies have engaged in horizontal mergers, cross-industry mergers, and cross-border mergers to increase their market positions. However, there is little up-to-date evidence about how these market-driven M&As influence the competitive advantage and core competency of securities companies in China. I seek to fill this gap by conducting a systematic …

Contributors
Wang, Lijuan, Shen, Wei, Qian, Jun, et al.
Created Date
2016