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  • Kmeid, Didier D. (Notre Dame University-Louaize, 2013)
    The shipping industry is a major determinant of the Lebanese trade and service sector. Shipping agencies are now aware that their employees are ever more important in sustaining competitive advantage. Provided by adequate front-line assistance, employees can greatly influence customers’ impressions about the shipping company. This study assessed the relationship between each construct of the role stressors – role ambiguity, role conflict and role overload – and job satisfaction for non-managerial employees. Role ambiguity is a state of misunderstanding a person has about his/her role’s expectations. ...
  • Haddad, Jessica (Notre Dame University-Louaize, 2013)
    The study intend to investigate if Lebanese Ghia holding customers care if the restaurants they are visiting have an established Food Safety Management System in place, also if they feel that the restaurant they are visiting needs to have paper proof or a certificate for the food safety management system implemented in it. Moreover, the results should be clarifying if Lebanese Ghia holding customers trust a local food safety management system to be a substitute for a food safety management system with international standards. The subject is a matter of weight that can contribute in the success ...
  • Saadeh, Christel (Notre Dame University-Louaize, 2013)
    Oil and gold are considered to be the most two strategic commodities. Crude oil is the world’s most frequently transacted commodity while gold has a leading position among the main precious metals. This thesis examines empirically the relationship between gold prices, oil prices and US dollar index. Monthly data for gold prices, oil prices, US dollar index and other controlled variables over a period of 20 years were selected from Bloomberg platform. This thesis uses a unit root test and the Johansen test to check for the existence of cointegration between each pair of selected variables. Further ...
  • Badr, Viola Karim (Notre Dame University-Louaize, 2013)
    Purpose- This research attempts to assess the merits of the stakeholder/legitimacy theory on one side and the economic/decision usefulness theory on the other side, in explaining the perception of the Lebanese insurance managers about a potential introduction of microinsurance in their respective portfolio of insurance products. The study is conducted from a corporate social responsibility perceptive using socio-political theories, in particular, the stakeholder and legitimacy theory and the economic theories that include agency and decision usefulness theories. Design/methodology/approach- ...
  • Beayni, Taghrid (Notre Dame University-Louaize, 2013)
    Succession planning is one of the most critical functions of an organization. This is the process that identifies and assesses the appropriate candidates to handle future responsibilities and to fill key business leadership positions. In family business, the succession process is defined as the transfer of managerial control from one family member to another. My thesis sought to fill a gap in the family business succession planning literature by seeking to gain an understanding of the key factors that develop it successfully. Is your family business a family-first business or a business-first ...
  • Abou Fares, Fares (Notre Dame University-Louaize, 2013)
    This thesis examines how quality perception of service, food, physical environment, location and compensation influences Lebanese patrons' behavioral intentions in terms of recommendation, WOM and visit in mid-scale restaurants; it also identifies the most valued factors by the restaurant patrons in the above cues, in addition to examining the correlation between service, food and physical environment in terms of behavioral intention as well. ANOVA, regression and t-test showed that high quality is always valued; reliability is the most valued under service, food temperature is the most valued ...
  • El Haddad, Pierre (Notre Dame University-Louaize, 2014)
    Purpose - This paper has two purposes; attempting to identify a CSR decision making model and exploring the perception of Lebanese business leaders on Green Economy, CSR and their inter-relationships. Design/methodology/approach - Qualitative and Deductive in nature, this paper uses 14 semi-structured and the thematic analysis framework to describe the perception of Lebanese business leaders in the exploratory study, and to test the developed proposition of the CSR decision making model in the conceptual research. Findings - The findings provide evidence to confirm the CSR decision ...
  • Bteich, Marion (Notre Dame University-Louaize, 2015)
    Purpose: this study explores the impact of terrorism on daily Brent crude oil returns and volatility. From mid-1987 till end of 2013, we examine how successful terrorist attacks with high and low intensity and carried out in the most oil-dependent Middle Eastern and African countries affect Brent dynamics. We also investigate the degree to which attacks against oil businesses and facilities play a role in altering Brent returns and affecting their fluctuations. Design/methodology/approach: we gathered from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) all the daily terrorist attacks performed against ...
  • Ghasb Salem, Chantal (Notre Dame University-Louaize, 2015)
    Purpose: The thesis will try the measure the efficiency of Lebanese banks, to rank and rate them using multiple approaches and taking into considerations the effect of bank size. The main objective is to compare the efficiency score to the actual ranking to see if there is any discrepancy and to see if the performance of large banks is better than that of unlisted banks. Design/ methodology/ approach: only top ten Lebanese banks are included in this thesis due to scarcity of information. Data for the study cover the period from 2008 to 2012. For the analysis and ranking of banks ‘efficiency, ...
  • Nehme, Tamara (Notre Dame University-Louaize, 2015)
    Purpose -- the objective of this thesis is to empirically test the level of interdependence across commodity markets in terms of return volatility spillover, namely, corn, wheat, soybeans and soybeans oil, and to uncover the impact of macroeconomic announcements on the measurement of integration among those commodities. This will help us to investigate the extent to which different agricultural commodities can be considered as an asset class and to determine whether portfolio diversification across different agricultural commodities can still lead to risk reduction benefits, in light of the ...
  • Karam, Iline (Notre Dame University-Louaize, 2016)
    Purpose - This paper aims at investigating the impact of bank liquidity on the risk-taking behavior of the Lebanese commercial banks. Methodology - To achieve this objective, this study considers the impact of seven variables, namely, liquidity, size, capital, profitability, loan ratio, efficiency and revenue diversification by using a panel data of audited financial statement of Lebanese commercial banks for the period from 2008 to 2015. Three models were tested depending on the definition of risk and eight hypotheses were investigated using the fixed effect model. Findings - Empirical ...
  • Abi Saad, Sara (Notre Dame University-Louaize, 2016)
    Purpose – the purpose of this research is to examine the effect of ownership structure on the profitability and performance of U.S. banks. It resides in inspecting the power of insiders as well as institutional shareholders and large block-holders on bank’s performance and valuation of US commercial banks during the financial crisis of 2007-2009. Finally, it studies the relation between different factors such as bank size, market value and price earnings ratio and the ROA, ROE, and MTBV of U.S. banks. Research question – this paper aims to study the impact that ownership structure has on the ...
  • Ghorra, Rola (Notre Dame University-Louaize, 2016)
    Purpose: This research attempts to study employee job satisfaction at Notre Dame University-Louaize. It examines the existence of potential variations of perception with respect to demographic variables, such as age, gender, tenure, position, education and contact with students. Design/methodology/approach: This research is a case of study that uses the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire as a quantitative data collection tool. The philosophical approach is positivism and deductive reasoning approach. Findings: Level of employee satisfaction is associated with demographic variables. ...
  • Nahas, Jad (Notre Dame University-Louaize, 2016)
    Purpose: The main goal of this thesis is to investigate whether the French market is weak and semi-strong from efficient. The weak form efficiency is tested by examining the existence of January effect in the CAC 40 index for ten years. The semi-strong form is also tested by examining the reaction of the CAC 40 index. To one terrorist attack, mainly “Charlie Hebdo” terrorist attack. Design/methodology/approach: A quantitative research design has been employed using two different methodologies. The first one is an ARCH model and its extensions in order to test the January effect, and the second ...
  • Bchara, Raymona (Notre Dame University-Louaize, 2016)
    Purpose: This thesis attempts to explore the impact of adoption of online banking, through its various media and communication channels, on branch expansion and overall banks profitability. We use a sample of 17 Lebanese commercial banks constituting 90% of the Lebanese commercial banks sector, from 2004 till 2013. Design/ Methodology/ Approach: this study is based on a quantitative model with a deductive approach. Secondary data was collected from BILANBANQUES to feed into a multiple regression models. The independent variables are the following variables: year adoption of mobile banking, phone ...
  • Daou, Marie (Notre Dame University-Louaize, 2016)
    Purpose: This research identifies the determinants of the investment risk tolerance of the Lebanese institutional investors and investigates whether the behavioral conduct and the investment personal risk tolerance of the Lebanese institutional investors vary with respect to their demographic characteristics and profiles and other chosen variables. This paper also tries to identify the characteristics that make an investor rational in the decision –making. Design/ methodology/ approach: Deductive in nature, this research uses questionnaires collected from 129 Lebanese institutional investors ...
  • El Souri, Diala (Notre Dame University-Louaize, 2016)
    Purpose – this paper aims to understand how familiar the Lebanese are with environmentally friendly FMCG and explore the major factors affecting behavior towards these products. In addition to understanding who the Lebanese green conscious consumer is. Ultimately, to have a distinctive study available in Lebanon as a reference for future studies. Design/methodology/approach – this research is mainly confirmatory since it is based on a previous research; however it has an explanatory aspect as well since there were no similar studies published in Lebanon. A deductive approach is used since ...
  • Nehme, Romeo G. (Notre Dame University-Louaize, 2017)
    Purpose - the thesis will be studying and analyzing the financial and stock market in the presence of Islamic finance in Asia as a first step and in the Saudi Arabian market as a second step, before overlooking the status of the Lebanese Islamic banks. Design/methodology/approach: after defining Islamic finance and explaining its laws and regulations and the instruments used, Islamic finance will be compared to conventional finance. The results will be based on data collected from both: - Islamic and non-Islamic financial markets (Asian countries) during, before and after the financial ...
  • Bou Abdo, Celine (Notre Dame University-Louaize, 2017)
    Purpose: The objective of this thesis is to estimate and compare the capital requirements of an SME portfolio belonging to a Lebanese Commercial Bank under different regulatory frameworks, Basel I, Basel II and Basel III, in addition to illustrating the calculation of the capital adequacy ratio to comply with the requirements of BDL and BCCL. Design/methodology/approach: The sample used consists of a portfolio of loans granted by a Lebanese commercial bank to 1,099 different clients as of June 30, 2017. The study aims first at demonstrating the several approaches (Standardized Approach, IRB ...
  • Zweiny, Abir Maadad (Notre Dame University-Louaize, 2018)
    Purpose: This study investigates the occurrence of pre-acquisition accrual-based earnings management for a sample of stock- and cash- financed Canadian acquirers between 2005 and 2015 before and after transitioning IFRS in 2010. Design/methodology/approach: Both parametric (t-test) and non-parametric (Wilcoxon test) tests are used to examine the occurrence of accrual-based earnings management in the year preceding the announcement of acquisition. These are compared across stock and cash acquirers as well as before and after the implementation of the IFRS. Findings: Unlike cash acquirers, ...

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