Research seminar series

Bi-monthly, the Business Research Committee within the School of Business hosts seminars for faculty who have conducted research in the areas of business and economics. These seminars are a great platform for both students and faculty to familiarize themselves with research being done within the School of Business. This forum is ideal in creating a dialogue between researchers and attendees who are interested in the ever changing landscape of Business.

The last seminar of the academic year has become the “Business Students Research Day” where candidates for the Student Research Award present their research projects.

Next research seminar



Past seminars

Tuesday April 8th, 2014, 1:30-3:30pm

Student Research Day

Presentations will include:

  • Factors Affeceting Life Expectancy and Well-Being
  • Clinching the Cup: Drivers of NHL Player Salaries
  • Analysis of Contributing Factors to Mobile Service Satisfaction
  • Segmenting Banking Cusomter through CRM
  • Shoe Purchasing Decision and Country of Origin
  • Understanding the Abbotsford Heat Fan Experience and Expectations

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Wing Him Yeung, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University

Does Research & Development Create or Resolve Uncertainty?

In this paper, we empirically investigate two related questions on business Research & Development (R&D). First, does R&D create or resolve uncertainty? Second, does uncertainty encourage or discourage business R&D? Our testing is consistent with the hypothesis that R&D creates rather than resolves uncertainty. Why then do risk averse business managers undertake R&D? We argue that in creating uncertainty, R&D also creates “shadow options” for supplementary business investment not envisaged by business managers in the original objective for R&D. Rather, managers unexpectedly uncover shadow options in R&D’s inherent knowledge discovery process, which encourages business R&D in the first instance. Consistent with this real options interpretation, we report evidence that volatility encourages R&D.

Wing Him Yeung is a PhD candidate in Finance (ABD). His research interests include corporate finance, investment, and capital market. His PhD dissertation focuses on the topics of trading around merger and earnings announcements and the resolution of uncertainty. He teaches different courses in finance and accounting at Simon Fraser University.Read more ...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 

Dr. Raymond Leung, School of Business, University of the Fraser Valley

Cost of equity effects from mandatory IFRS adoption: The importance of reporting incentives

Many countries have adopted IFRS mandatorily mainly because IFRS may be regarded as a set of "higher quality" accounting standards to enhance comparability and transparency. However, it is still an open question whether IFRS actually brings benefits to shareholders, especially lower cost of equity. Dr. Leung examines if there are any changes in the cost of equity that are associates with mandatory IFRS adoption for 18 European Union (EU) countries. Read more ...

November 12, 2013

Mark Breedveld, School of Business, University of the Fraser Valley

Why are we teaching sales at a university? And what we can do to do it even better?

At first thought, sales may seem like an unusual field of study at a university. Some may see sales as something that is better learned through "the school of hard knocks" than at an academic institution. But sales education has real benefits for both universities and students alike. In this presentation, Mark Breedveld will provide an overview of the current state of sales education at North American universities and the results of depth interviews with a selection of Fraser Valley employers on their hiring criteria for entry-level sales positions. Read more ...

October 1, 2013

Dr. Ding Lu, Department of Economics, University of the Fraser Valley

Is there a green path of catching up?

As countries get richer, people change their priority from income growth to quality of life and therefore become more willing to pay for environmental protection. Dr. Lu investigates this issue by identifying the impact of pollution on productivity growth in catching up economies. Read more ...

May 14, 2013

James Broekhuysen, Nolan Baerg, Jon- Robert Schmidt, Chris Hargreaves, Tran Le, Rebecca Hamilton & P.J Virk, Business students, University of the Fraser Valley

Student Research Day

A series of student presentations in various areas of business; from Fortune 500 Data Analysis to Environmental Sustainability. Read more ...

March 26, 2013

Dr. Mike Ivanof, School of Business, University of the Fraser Valley

Illegal Insider Trading and Corporate Ownership Structure

January 22, 2013

Dr. Joe Illsever, School of Business, University of the Fraser Valley

Coefficient Alpha(α) for Business Data: A Reliable Measurement Indicator or Defected Benchmark?

Cronbach’s Alpha represents a composite reliability measure that is used commonly in structural equation model (SEM) (Bacon et al. 1995). The potential for bias in reliability estimates and the potential measurement errors in the selection of measurement items may create modeling problem in business applications.   Read more ...

November 20, 2012

Dr. Amir Hajbaba, School of Business, University of the Fraser Valley

The Acquisition Puzzle and Mispricing: Evidence of Over-optimism

Researchers suspect that the overvaluation of equity issuing acquirers is a major cause of their subsequent post-event underperformance. Definitive conclusions regarding this overpricing hypothesis have not been possible since indicators of overpricing such as the book-to-market ratio and subsequent underperformance are open to alternative interpretations. We aim to corroborate or refute over-valuation as a driver of equity issuing acquirers& subsequent underperformance.  Read more ...

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