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"The Demise of the Unipolar and the Return of the Multipolar International System"

Lecture by: Shawki Farag
Date: Nov 29, 2016
Location: AUC New Cairo

​Brown Bag Seminar by Shawki Farag, professor emeritus of accounting, AUC School of Business. The paper examines and evaulates factors contributing to the phasing out of the unipolar system in favor of the mulipolar one. It examins realism concepts such as the balance of power, the state of anarchy and the polarity of the international system. ​

"Consumer Engagement in Social Media: How to Enhance Continuation"

Lecture by: Rania Hussein
Date: Nov 8, 2016
Location: AUC New Cairo

​Brown Bag Seminar titled "Consumer Engagement in Social Media: How to Engance Continuation of Use" by Rania Hussein. The study aims to examine antecedents of customer engagment on social media and how to enhance continued use.​

"From Evidence to Action"

Lecture by: Mona Said
Date: Oct 25, 2016
Location: AUC New Cairo

​Brown Bag Seminar titled, "From Evidence to Action: Studying the Impact of Labor Market Interventions in Egypt Using Randomized Control Trials (RCTs)" by Mona Said. She will discuss the three collaborative projects: the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) and AUC addressing issues of poverty alleviation and job creation among Egyptian youth.​

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"On the Absorption of Financial Services in the Islamic World"

Lecture by: Charilaos Mertanzis, Associate Professor of Finance, BUS, AUC
Date: Oct 14, 2016
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Attendees: 15

The paper refers to the important issue of access to finance in developing countries. It tests for the extent to which firms from Islamic countries have access to finance, and it effectively contributes towards the understanding of the extent of absorption of financial services.​ 

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"Diffusion Theory, National Corruption and IFRS Adoption around the World"

Lecture by: Moataz El Helaly
Date: Oct 4, 2016
Location: AUC New Cairo

​Brown Bag Seminar Series: "Diffusion Theory, National Corruption, and IFRS Adoption Around the World" Seminar by: Moataz El Helaly Visiting assistant professor of accounting, AUC School of Business The purpose of this paper is to make two new contributions to the extent international accounting literature by examining the influence of national corruption on (i) spend and (ii) extent IFRS adpotion around the world.​

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"Beyond Openness: Investigating the Success Factors of Open Approaches to Collaboration and Innovation"

Lecture by: Hany Morsi, Postdoctoral Scholar, A2K4D, BUS, AUC
Date: Mar 8, 2016
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Attendees : 15

In recent years, openness has become an important concept in discourses on learning and knowledge in the networked public sphere. Perhaps a consequence of novelty of, and the amplified interest in this area of research, the term openness has become a prominent buzzword in contemporary scholarly discourses in international development, innovation and collaboration. Given this rising interest in openness, there exists a need for a more nuanced understanding of the factors that enable or hinder the successful adoption of open approaches to innovation and collaboration.​

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"Trading Volume and Earnings Quality"

Lecture by: Ahmed Abdel Meguid, Chair, Department of Accounting; Associate Professor of Accounting, BUS, AUC
Date: Feb 9, 2016
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Attendees: 16

In this paper, we investigate the impact of earnings quality on trading volume. We argue that different investors will apply different abilities and resources to interpreting the valuation consequences of the information contained in an earnings announcement. We expect that as earnings quality declines the differences between investors will become more pronounced resulting in differential belief revision due to differential interpretations of the announcement. ​

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"Research at BUS: Achievements and Future Perspectives"

Lecture by: Nizar Becheikh, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, BUS, AUC
Date: Dec 8, 2015
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Attendees​: 20

Extreme Yield Movements and Dynamic Density Forecasts for the Term Structure of Interest Rates

Lecture by: Diaa Noureldin , Assistant Professor of Economics, BUS, AUC
Date: Nov 10, 2015
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Attendees : 21

We propose a new model for forecasting changes in the term structure of interest rates. Using the level, slope and curvature factors of the dynamic Nelson-Siegel model, we build a time-varying copula model for the factor dynamics allowing for departure from the normality assumption typically adopted in term structure models.​

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Related Party Transactions and Earnings Management in a Poor Investor protection context

Lecture by: Moataz El Helaly , Visiting Assistant Professor of Accounting, BUS, AUC
Date: Oct 27, 2015
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Attendees : 15

Related Party Transactions (RPTs) are considered a potential tool for financial misstatement as they offer opportunities to transfer wealth between the firm and related parties.  RPTs conducted for opportunistic motives are more likely to be associated with Earnings Management (EM). This paper aims to provide evidence on the relationship between EM and RPTs in a poor investor protection context, Greece. We examine whether EM as measured by income smoothing is systematically related to RPTs.​

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Arab Democratic Exceptionalism: Fate or Free-Will?

Lecture by: Mohamed Al Issis , Assistant Professor of Economics, BUS, AUC Associate Dean, GAPP
Date: Oct 13, 2015
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Attendees : 28

We revisit the question of Arab democratic exception using a rich database that allows a unique in-depth empirical evaluation. We innovate empirically, by measuring the demand for democracy in a more robust way than former studies. Conceptually, we introduce a new understanding of how the forces of democratic aspirations, economic grievances, and social policy preferences interact among particular socio-economic groups to determine their preference for a democratic order over an autocratic one.​

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International equity investment flows: An analytical framework

Lecture by: Aliaa Bassiouny , Assistant Professor of Finance, BUS, AUC Director, CCFC
Date: May 19, 2015
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Attendees : 22

International portfolio flows between countries witnessed a surge in the past two decades reaching a peak of USD 6 billion in 2007. In this paper, I present an analytical framework that integrates over 120 theoretical and empirical academic studies published in the past 20 years on international equity investments and portfolio flows which can guide future research on the topic.​

Does the Degree of Shariah Compliance affect the Volatility? Evidence from the MENA Region.

Lecture by: Neveen Ahmed , Assistant Professor of Finance, BUS, AUC
Date: May 5, 2015
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Attendees : 16

The aim of this paper is to document the volatility behavior of firms with the highest level of shariah-compliance and firms with the lowest level of shariah-compliance in the MENA region (Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Kuwait, and Bahrain) during the period between 2000 and 2013.​

Macroeconomic Variables Effect on US Market Volatility Using MC-Garsh Model

Lecture by: Ahmed Elshahat , CIB Endowed Chair of Banking Associate Professor of Finance, BUS, AUC
Date: Apr 21, 2015
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Attendees : 17

The majority of the attempts to forecast equity volatility based their forecasts on the dynamics of the underlying equity time series. Other models went a step further to include the effect of news announcement on equity volatility. The vast majority ignored the effect of macroeconomic variable or the state of the economy. This paper proposes a volatility-forecasting model that accounts for: the dynamics of the equity time series and macroeconomic variables.​

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Voluntary Internet Disclosure in GCC Countries: A Study of Attributes and Determinants

Lecture by: Mohamed Basouny , Assistant Professor of Accounting, BUS, AUC
Date: Mar 24, 2015
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Attendees : 13

The purpose of this paper is to examine the determinants and attributes of voluntary Internet disclosure by listed companies in four countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). ​

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Bottleneck Analysis Optimization Using Necessary Constraint Detection Techniques

Lecture by: Steven Formanek , Assistant Professor of Operations Management, BUS, AUC
Date: Mar 10, 2015
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Attendees : 8

Reducing the size of semi definite programming (SDP) problems by finding necessary linear matrix inequalities (LMIs) is a valuable tool in the field of operations research. By detecting all necessary constraints in a system of LMIs, one can remove all redundant constraints and thus save CPU time in solving optimization problems to completion using an SDP solver. In this paper, we use the information on all the necessary and unnecessary constraints found in such methods to develop an algorithm for bottleneck analysis in operations management.​

Salience of Country of Origin Dimensions on Industrial Buyer’s Perceptions in the Presence of Industrial Brands: The case of Egypt

Lecture by: Hakim Meshreki , Visiting Assistant Professor of Marketing, BUS, AUC
Date: Feb 10, 2015
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Attendees : 13

This study aims at developing a better understanding of the roles and interactions of product extrinsic cues with particular emphasis on country of origin as a multi-dimensional construct and brand name evaluation on buyers’ perception of quality, perception of value and willingness to buy within an industrial buying context in an emerging market like Egypt.​

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Making Things (not Quite ) the Same: Some Thoughts on the Practices of Standardisation

Lecture by: Maarten van der Kamp , Managing Director Value in Enterprise
Date: Dec 9, 2014
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Attendees : 9

This seminar explores this often overlooked aspect of how markets function. Rooted in theories of practice and drawing on extensive fieldwork on ‘sustainability’ standards for food (e.g. organic, Fairtrade), the discussion will focus on how standards coordinate a set of practices, including how goods are produced, producers certified, and labelled products marketed. A key conclusion is that standards are not simply technical devices to facilitate markets but that their use has highly political, organisational and ethical consequences.​

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Unlocking the Enterprise Spirit of Women in Science and Engineering

Lecture by: Shimma Barakat , Fellow, University of Cambridge DVP, BUS, AUC
Date: Nov 25, 2014
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Attendees : 15

The central objective for this research was to explore the confidence issue of women scientists and engineers and how to raise their confidence through education and training. The research focuses on the specific value of women only enterprise education programmes to meet the needs of women in science and engineering.

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Earnings Response Coefficient in the MENA Region

Lecture by: Nermeen Shehata , Assistant Professor of Accounting, BUS, AUC
Date: Nov 11, 2014
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Attendees : 15

This paper documents the extent to which stock returns are related to reported earnings by estimating earnings response coefficient (ERC) for non-financial companies listed in the MENA region. The analysis is conducted using data on published earnings and stock prices for an 11-year period from 2003 to 2013.​

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A Probabilistic Monte Carlo Model for Pricing Discrete Barrier and Compound Real Options

Lecture by: Pierre Rostan, Associate Professor of Finance, BUS, AUC
Date: Sep 30, 2014
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Attendees​: 13

This paper presents an original Probabilistic Monte Carlo (PMC) model for pricing European discrete barrier options and compound real option. The study shows that the PMC model accurately prices barrier options.  The paper also illustrates the versatility of the PMC model in pricing sequential compound real options.

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Volatility Prediction Using A High-Frequency-Based Component Model

Lecture by: Diaa Nour ElDin, Assistant Professor of Economics, BUS, AUC
Date: Sep 16, 2014
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Attendees: 20

This paper presents a high-frequency-based component model suitable for short and medium-term volatility prediction. In a joint model for the daily return and a realized measure (e.g. realized variance), the conditional variance of the daily return has a multiplicative component structure: a long-run (secular) component, and a short-run (transitory) component driven by a high-frequency-based signal.

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