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Funds From Operations versus net income: Examining the dividend-relevance of REIT performance measures

Tue, 2011-11-08 12:00

This study compares Funds From Operations (FFO) and net income by examining how well these two performance measures explain the dividend policy of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) beyond operating cash flows.

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A bi-objective model for planning and managing rail-truck intermodal transportation of hazardous materials

Wed, 2011-11-02 03:00

We propose a bi-objective optimization framework for routing rail-truck intermodal shipments with hazardous materials, when shippers and receivers have access to alternate intermodal terminals. A tabu-search based solution methodology is developed, which together with the optimization framework is applied to realistic size problem instances to gain managerial insights.

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Desautels PhD students win awards at 2011 Administrative Science Association of Canada Conference

Mon, 2011-10-31 12:00

Saeed Akhlaghpour received the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Award and Russell Seidle won the ASAC Research Award at the 2011 Administrative Science Association of Canada (ASAC) conference.

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New research says that ‘half the money spent on advertising is still wasted’

Fri, 2011-10-28 05:15

A new report on the effectiveness of multi-media marketing campaigns has shown that over half of the total media investment allocation for many brands has no positive effect. The study, titled ‘The complexity of multi-media effects’, found that 55% of the multi-media investment analysed resulted in no increase in sales for the brands studied.

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Development and validation of an eating norms inventory. Americans' lay-beliefs about appropriate eating

Fri, 2011-10-14 07:00

What do American adults believe about what, where, when, how much, and how often it is appropriate to eat? Such normative beliefs originate from family and friends through socialization processes, but they are also influenced by governments, educational institutions, and businesses.

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The term structure of bond market liquidity and its implications for expected bond returns

Tue, 2011-10-04 12:00

Previous studies of Treasury market illiquidity span short time periods and focus on particular maturities. In contrast, we study the time series of illiquidity for different maturities over an extended period of time.

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Are there contagion effects in information technology and business process outsourcing?

Tue, 2011-10-04 12:00

We model the diffusion of IT outsourcing using announcements about IT outsourcing deals. We estimate a lognormal diffusion curve to test whether IT outsourcing follows a pure diffusion process or there are contagion effects involved. The methodology permits us to study the consequences of outsourcing events, especially mega-deals with IT contract amounts that exceed US$1 billion.

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Information technology spillover and productivity: The role of information technology intensity and competition

Wed, 2011-09-28 12:00

We study interindustry information technology (IT) spillover wherein IT investments made by supplier industries increase the productivity of downstream industries. Using data from U.S. manufacturing industries, we find that industries receive significant IT spillover benefits in terms of total factor productivity growth through economic transactions with their respective supplier industries.

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Steering Vaccinomics Innovations with Anticipatory Governance and Participatory Foresight

Thu, 2011-09-22 05:45

Vaccinomics is the convergence of vaccinology and population-based omics sciences. The success of knowledge-based innovations such as vaccinomics is not only contingent on access to new biotechnologies. It also requires new ways of governance of science, knowledge production, and management...

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Competing perspectives on the link between strategic information technology alignment and organizational agility: Insights from a mediation model

Wed, 2011-06-01 12:00

Strategic information technology alignment remains a top priority for business and IT executives. Yet with a recent rise in environmental volatility, firms are asking how to be more agile in identifying and responding to market-based threats and opportunities. Whether alignment helps or hurts agility is an unresolved issue...

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