MBA Candidate Jenny Tran’s Research Paper Accepted For Publication At The DSI 50th Annual Conference in New Orleans

It is a pleasure for Monarch to announce that a recent research paper by MBA Candidate Jenny Tran entitled: “Achieving Blue Ocean Strategy by Operations Management” has been accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the Decision Sciences Institute 50th Annual Conference for 2019 at New Orleans in November. Ms. Tran researched her paper under the watchful direction of Dr. Barin Nag, Professor of Operations Management at Monarch. We wish Ms. Tran the very best in presenting her paper and we are proud of her accomplishment.

Research: Programme Management Strategies For Improved Delivery Of Major Construction Activities

In the current business climate with aggressive competition and increasing demands for improved performance and profits, sustainable growth strategies are key to any successful programme delivery. Successful programmes invariably occur as a result of effective and strong leadership by those who truly understand the programme environment as well as the challenges and the opportunities that are created. A programme is defined as a temporary, flexible organisation created to coordinate, direct and oversee the implementation of a set of related projects and activities in order to deliver outcomes and benefits related to the strategic objectives of the organisation. Programmes are generally about delivering change with a series of outcomes and these are invariably interlinked. The contemplated research examines programme management strategies for improved delivery of major construction activities of large projects in both Europe and the Middle Eastern regions. This is achieved through a triangulation of three research domains, namely: sustainability theory, strategy in programme management theory and stakeholder management theory. The contemplated research seeks to formulate a new model or framework that defines programme management strategies for the delivering of major construction activities.

Research: Equipping Conservation Managers For An Industry In Crisis: Evidence From South Africa

The escalation of illegal poaching and wildlife trafficking over the last decade has placed the conservation industry in crises. Conservation managers find themselves with a new professional landscape to navigate where daily challenges lie far outside their existing skill set. As a result, there is a need to understand the disparity between what conservation managers have been prepared for and what they now face in order to inform training and capacity building interventions. Using the South African conservation industry as a case study, the research will address this Praxis Gap by gaining a deeper understanding of the nexus within the academic literature; investigating the key performance outputs and competence shortfalls experienced by protected area managers and developing a new framework or model that may identify the most important competencies required by contemporary protected area managers in the South African conservation industry.

Research: Anti-Poverty Strategies: An Investigation of Northern Nigeria

Poverty and poverty reduction are prominent topics of discussion at international development meetings. Despite the existence of both private and public initiatives to combat it, over 1 billion people still live in extreme poverty, about half of whom are in sub-Saharan African countries (MDG, 2015). Poverty Global Practice, a poverty policy monitoring and evaluation unit of the World Bank, indicates that, for countries in Africa, poverty continues to rise because anti-poverty policies fail to reduce poverty (PGP, 2016), a view shared by the literature on poverty reduction in Africa (Dagusta, 2007; McCloskey, 2015). It has been suggested that more comprehensive and coordinated methods could help anti-poverty programmes overcome some of the major challenges to alleviating global poverty (Ravallion, 2016). In line with this suggestion, the proposed research examines the potential of sustainable anti-poverty strategies through the triangulation of three research domains: multidimensional poverty, family functioning, and social justice theories.

Richard van Ostende Publishes China Book

Organizations seeking expansion for their operations in China have a number of options to facilitate business development. Both domestic and foreign invested companies consider branch offices to be a popular investment vehicle for fast expansion in China due to their comparable low incorporation requirements including no capital requirements and easy maintenance, but allow for a formal representation. The information in this publication is not exhaustive, but aims to provide entrepreneurs with an in-depth understanding of the purposes China based branch offices serve the advantages and limitations of the different types of branch offices and set-up of the administrative organization.

Dr. Ashley Robinson Graduates With Distinction & Special Honor

It is with great pleasure that Monarch Business School Switzerland announces that Dr. Ashley Robinson has graduated the PhD program with great distinction. The announcement was recently made at the October convocation at the Rapperswil castle on Lake Zurich in Switzerland. Dr. Robinson’s dissertation focused on the relationship between global corporate culture and negotiation practices within the reinsurance industry. As a native Bermudian citizen working in the reinsurance industry the research topic is dear to her heart.

Research: Managing Stakeholder And Indigenous Interests In Regulatory Reviews And Decision Making

Construction of infrastructure megaprojects is a critical component of global economic growth and development (Cantú, 2017; Flyvbjerg, 2014). These large-scale, complex, multi-year developments include highways, railways, mining and hydroelectric facilities, oil and gas facilities and pipelines. Megaproject capital costs typically exceed $1 billion USD and are financed by corporations, governments or public-private partnerships (Delmon, 2017; Merrow, 2011). An example of megaproject development in Canada is the need for new energy pipelines to serve domestic and international markets. While Canada was recently hailed as an emerging “World Energy Superpower” there are industry, government, stakeholder and Indigenous concerns with the process, participation, pace and outcomes of pipeline regulatory reviews and decision making (Forrester, Howie, & Ross, 2015). This resulted in the loss of billions of dollars of Canadian private investment, tax revenues and economic development in the past decade. The contemplated research will review the literature on public-private interests, stakeholder management, social licence and decision making. A triangulated, mixed methods approach including content analysis and interviews will be used. The case study focuses on Canadian pipeline megaprojects proposed between 1997 and 2017 and will compare similar megaprojects in the United States and Mexico. The goal is to develop a conceptual framework or model to better describe how the management of stakeholder and Indigenous interests in the pipeline regulatory review process can lead to improved, collaborative, and more timely decision making.

Research: Intelligence Collection and Ethical Behavior in the Post 9/11 Era

The U.S. military and intelligence community practices exist within a business ethics framework of laws, official policies, and guidance that seeks to protect national interests and provide a scaffolding for individual intelligence agents through decision-making processes. Particularly in times of crisis, intelligence agents must make time-sensitive decisions that often hold ethical consequences. With rapid technological advances in the post-9/11 era, such as the advent and proliferation of drones and the institution of the PRISM program, operatives face new ethical and personal leadership challenges. Whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning have become public examples of how the intersection of business ethics and crisis management can lead to personal leadership decisions which hold great consequence for national security and personal autonomy. The contemplated research examines such contemporary ethical issues through a triangulation of three research domains, being: business and personal ethics, crisis management, and congruency theory. The contemplated research seeks to uncover themes related to what happens at the intersection of these three research domains set in a technologically advancing intelligence and surveillance network through intelligence agent participatory survey data, interviews, and content analysis of U.S. intelligence and Department of Defense literature.