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The Signature Project is a two-credit course completed independently by students in the Executive Masters of Business Administration program. Each project is approved and supervised by a faculty advisor(s).

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After China implemented the Open Door policy in the late 1970s, the Chinese economy grew rapidly in the following three decades, making the Chinese market one of the most attractive investment environments in the world. Under these circumstances, the joint venture model became the most popular coope...
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Even in 2015, 784 million people are forced to drink contaminated water and over two billion people do not have access to improved sanitation in developing countries. Annually two to five million people, in particular children, die because of water-borne disease (Gleick, 2012). Due...
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This paper details the results of a systematic literature review undertaken to examine the barriers and challenges affecting women before and after they enter leadership positions. Studies have repeatedly shown that organizations that place women in executive leadership positions experience financia...
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Intercultural communications training is a human resources training tool widely used in the private sector. The research dedicated to culture, cultural intelligence and cultural competencies, is rich and has a well-documented history of success in multinational organizations but not in educational i...
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No matter what continent, country, state, province, city or village one considers, agriculture can flourish, be destroyed or be held prisoner by climate. Canadian agriculture can be subject to failure under disastrous climate extremes, such as droughts and flooding. Climate in the northern latitudes...
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A content analysis of the current use of Twitter by influencers in the Canadian agriculture industry.
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This paper presents the case for businesses and organizations engaging in annual business plan reviews and developing long term strategies to make a shift from the negatives to the positives, utilizing Appreciative Inquiry. The most popular business tool used for the past fifty years for problem sol...
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This paper reviews the literature on stock pinning, discusses the relevant theoretical models and presents areas for future research. The literature on stock pinning makes the following conclusions. First, option trading impacts stock prices. Second, stock pinning is a real phenomenon, we see share ...
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This paper presents a strategic plan for a private manufacturing firm in China. The study uses the strategy management process of Barney (2011) as a framework to practice a strategy reconstruction of URANUS, a Chinese hydraulic manufacturer that has twenty years of operation. The process includes a ...
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Four Seasons Hotels management proclaims an over-arching philosophy of the “Golden Rule” as part of their corporate strategy. Given this forthright perspective, the firm is likely to value Honesty-Humility within their management team, and this doctrine is expected to be sustained and visible ac...
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This research project is an environmental scan of the programs designed to overcome barriers to accessing post-secondary education in Canada, with a particular focus on the Maritime Provinces. The economic importance of education is critical to a jurisdiction’s prosperity; not only on a financial ...
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Mental health has been a hot topic in the media, with campaigns such as Bell’s “Let’s Talk” generating hundreds of millions of twitter impressions and high profile leaders such as Senator Romeo Delaire speaking publically about their experiences. Mental health issues in the workplace have be...
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In 2012, CompX Diagnostics Canada (CompX Canada) was introduced to the concepts of kaizen and lean by employees from Company X Chemical Company Limited (CompX) headquarters in Japan. Although CompX Canada is in the early stages of lean implementation, having rolled out only a few lean initiatives to...
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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of the Sport PEI Active Start program and measure the combined and separate value of training and resourcing early childhood educators. Methods: Early childhood education centres (n=8) were assigned within four different interventions o...
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Purpose of the Study This study aims to provide a deeper understanding of the types of courses being offered by MOOCs, and the course presentation used on each platform as found during the period of study. Deeper understanding of the structure and content of each course may give insight to unive...
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The weekend effect is a widely studied but incompletely understood financial phenomenon. An analysis of the previously reported weekend effect with the VIX index (a measure of implied volatility of the S&P 500) was completed. The analysis demonstrated that while there is an overall weekend effect wi...
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Perpetrator violence needs to be taken seriously as a corporate issue. Perpetrator violence cannot be strictly viewed as an ethical concern, but one that has financial consequences for corporations. Violence against women is pervasive in our society and is known by many names, including domestic vio...
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The sabbatical is a long-established tradition in academic settings, but it has become more common-place as an employment benefit in the private sector. With today’s workforce facing mounting responsibilities at work and at home, and under increasing pressure to perform with fewer resources and se...
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The purpose of this systematic review was to identify and examine the 21st century literature on stress-related outcomes of downsizing. Our objective was to answer the research question: What are the stress-related outcomes of downsizing in the workplace? A transparent method of identifying literatu...
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The growth the mobile app industry has seen since its introduction in 2008 has been drastic. The industry saw revenues of over $8 billion in 2011 and is expected to have revenues of over $46 billion by 2016. Yet, with all the success the industry has experienced, limited research has been conducted ...
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The movement towards knowledge-based societies makes human capital a critical success factor for sustained growth and development. Thus, Canada utilizes its immigration initiatives as tools for nation-building and talent acquisition. Poor domestic growth rate, steady decline in working age populatio...
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As one of six revenue generating centers at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) continues to look for ways to better serve its customers and thus increase its financial viability. With over half of all cases seen by the VTH being referred by Atlantic Canada...
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Primary healthcare is a grave topic of conversation for all Canadians and is particularly so for politicians given that in 2014 the health accord that sets the funding and health service delivery agreement between the Federal and Provincial Governments is due for renewal. This paper sets out to revi...
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To attract visitors, tourism stakeholders need to understand the emerging trends, which influence travel behaviours and interests. A growing segment is culinary tourism where visitors choose where they are going to travel based on consideration of the foods they expect or would like to experience (M...
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