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Essays in financial stability: Mutual funds and futures clearinghouses

Xin Zhang, 1998

Faculty Advisor: Franklin Edwards

This dissertation examines two issues on financial stability. The first essay investigates the impact of the growth of mutual funds industry on the stock and bond market stability. The assets of equity and bond mutual funds have recently grown rapidly. There is fear that a fall in stock and bond prices will cause widespread redemptions of mutual funds, reinforcing the fall in stock or bond prices, ending in a downward death spiral.

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Disjunctive convex optimization

Joao Luis Cardoso Soares, 1998

Faculty Advisor: Sebastian Ceria

Many decision problems arising from real-world applications can be modeled as disjunctive convex programs, i.e., optimization problems with a convex objective function and a feasible region defined as the union of individual convex sets having a known algebraic representation. This particular class of problems subsumes, among others, mixed-integer programs, linear complementarity problems and chance constrained problems (of finite support distribution). Examples of applications that can be modeled as disjunctive convex program with some nonlinear element in

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Planning models for the design of capacitated multi-stage production and distribution systems

Yossi Aviv, 1998

Faculty Advisor: Awi Federgruen

This dissertation addresses production/inventory systems for families of related items as well as distribution systems that service a network of geographically dispersed retailers or sales outlets. The systems are driven by stochastic demand processes. In the former, finished goods are produced in two stages, each with its own lead-time. In the first stage a common intermediate product is manufactured; differentiation into the final products occurs in a second stage. In the latter, the distribution process may be arranged in two stages: in

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Provoking thought: The effect of interacting with an information source on the type of cognitive strategy used to evaluate information obtained from the source

John Stephan, 1998

Faculty Advisor: Joel Brockner

This dissertation examined how interacting with an information source affected individuals' motivation to adopt mindful, central processing cognitive strategies to evaluate information obtained from the source. It was hypothesized that the extent to which interaction with a source encouraged feelings of control, involvement and participation would motivate individuals to be more mindful and adopt central processing strategies in their analysis of information they obtain from the source. When interaction with a source affords users

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Service levels in production-inventory networks: Bottlenecks, trade-offs, and optimization

Yashan Wang, 1998

Faculty Advisor: Paul Glasserman

This thesis studies service-level related issues and relationships among fundamental quantities in a class of assemble-to-order production-inventory systems. An important feature of the systems is that a customer order requires the assembly of a collection of some units of different items which in turn are produced at dedicated facilities under a base-stock policy; the order process and production times are stochastic. We first investigate which facility most constrains the system-wide service level and show, in particular, that

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Earnings forecasting and equity valuation under conservative accounting

Xiao-Jun Zhang, 1998

Faculty Advisor: James Ohlson

This dissertation studies conservative accounting within a theoretical context. The purpose of the study is to understand how conservatism affects the way accounting data is used in earnings forecasting and equity valuation.

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Familiarity breeds trust as well as contempt...What about familiality? An examination of familial involvement and trust in family firms

Daphna F Raskas, 1998

Faculty Advisor: Murray Low

This dissertation explores the influence of family involvement on top management group (TMG) trust within family firms. Specifically, the relationships between three characteristics of the family's involvement in the family firm and TMG trust are examined: the duration of family ownership, the intensity of family involvement in the top management group, and the level of family discord. It is argued that TMG trust diminishes over time in the family firm and that the nature of this decrease is related to the level of family discord across generations

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Knowledge and competitive advantage in the synthetic dye industry, 1850-1914: The coevolution of firms, technology, and national institutions in Great Britain, Germany and the United States

Johann Peter Murmann, 1998

Faculty Advisor: Richard R. Nelson

Little research has examined the relationship between firm performance and the nature of the institutional environment in which firms are embedded. This study argues, both empirically and theoretically, that the creation of productive capabilities underlying successful firms and the institutional context surrounding firms are related through interactive, coevolutionary, processes. To induce a dynamic framework for analyzing the sources of competitive advantage, I examine the processes through which German firms became dramatically

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Entrenched cognitive structures and resistance to new products

Catherine Page Moreau, 1998

Faculty Advisor: Donald R. Lehmann

As the strategic and financial importance of launching new products increases, a firm's success is often determined by its ability to target the most innovation-prone segments of consumers. While a clear understanding of the individual's adoption process can lead to more effective segmentation, little empirical research has examined this process from an information processing perspective. In this research, I examine the influence of both prior category knowledge and innovation continuity on how consumers learn about and construct preferences for new products.

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Essays in financial economics

Marco Naldi, 1998

Faculty Advisor: Lawrence Glosten

Chapter 1 presents an agency model with career concerns, where managers choose among alternative projects on a mean-variance frontier. Their unobservable choice is intended to influence the market perception of their ability level, which in turn determines their future compensation. We show that the characteristics of the second-best solution crucially depend on the shape of the investment frontier. In contrast with the standard approach, we argue that within our framework the level of managers' risk aversion does affect the

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Doctoral Program News

Honigsberg featured in Ideas at Work

The August issue of Ideas at Work features research that doctoral candidate Colleen Honigsberg led in conjunction with Sharon Katz.

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Wazlawek featured in Ideas at Work

Abbie Wazlawek's joint research with Professor Daniel Ames is featured in the June 24th, 2014 edition of Ideas at Work

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Ethan Rouen featured in Ideas at Work

Ethan Rouen's joint research with Professor Dan Amiram is featured in the May 15th, 2014 edition of Ideas at Work

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Rivas Wins Fellowship

The PhD program is proud to congratulate Miguel Duro Rivas, who was awarded the Nasdaq Educational Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

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Wong wins Deloitte Fellowship

We are proud to announce that Yu Ting (Forester) Wong is one of the recipients of the 2014 Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship in Accounting.

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The PhD Program Congratulates John Yao

PhD student John Yao was a finalist in the 2013 M&SOM (Manufacturing & Service Operations Management) student paper competition.

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Honigsberg Named Postdoctoral Fellow

The PhD program is proud to congratulate Colleen Honigsberg, who was named the Postdoctoral Fellow in Corporate Governance at the Millstein Center at Columbia Law School in October 2013

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