Business Ethics Center

    Center for Sustainability and Business Ethics Research
    In 2008, OUN University created the Center for Sustainability and Ethics Research to promote business ethics throughout the curriculum as well as to highlight this center of competency within the University.
    Ethical performance in business at OUN revolves around four pillars: “Personal Sustainability and personal ethics“, “Corporate Social Responsibility“, “Connections between ethical thinking, CSR and psychological performance” and “Emergent research“.

    Ethical Performance in Business
    •    Personal Ethics
    Psychological Performance
    •  Emergent Research

    •    Business Ethics Center
    •    Publications
    •    Dissertation Thesis Work
    •    Library Sponsoring
    •    Online Research Center


    Dissertation Abstracts and Working Papers
    Research is encouraged at OUN for faculty and student scholars. Started in 2007, the Working Papers Series works in conjunction with the Social Science Research Network in highlighting and making available the wide variety of work from OUN.

    Working Papers
    Below is a list of all the working papers available in PDF format: (in alphabetical order by name)
    •    Dexter Philips – The Similarities and Differences between four Leadership Models and How They Might Address Contemporary Leadership Issues and Challenges
    •    Dr Carsten Blecker – Mergers & Acquisitions In The Medical Device Industry
    •    Evi Oktaviana – The Norwegian Housing Market: The House Prices Analysis towards Financial and Economic Variables for Developing New Dwellings
    •    Hardy Bouillon – Let loose of Locke
    •    Igor Pustylnick – Enterprise Collaboration Platform Based on Social Network Architecture
    •    Igor Pustylnick – Gray Marketing as Indication of Price Strategy Deficiency
    •    Igor Pustylnick – Patterns of Concealed Advertising in Social Network Websites
    •    Igor Pustylnick – Recommendations on Skill Evaluation of IT Computer Professionals and Recent IT Program Graduates
    •    Igor Pustylnick – Sourcing vs Importing – Comparative Analysis Based on the Canadian Knitting Yarn Industry
    •    Ivo Pezzuto – Miraculous Financial Engineering or Toxic Finance? The genesis of the U.S. subprime mortgage loans crisis and its consequences on the global financial markets and real economy
    •    Javier Castillo – Impact of a Localized Marketing Strategy on an International Fast Food Chain within the Central American Region
    •    Jeffrey Henderson – A Definitional Review of Economics Through the Application of the Leading Theories and Methodology of the Austrian School
    •    Jeffrey Henderson – The Meta Cultural Constraints Facing Wal-Mart
    •    Jeffrey Henderson – The new Triad Power
    •    Julia Dmitrieva – Perceptions of Corporate Social Responsibility in the USA
    •    Julie Beardsell – IT Backsourcing: is it the solution to innovation?
    •    Julie Beardsell – Managing culture as critical success factor in outsourcing
    •    Julie Beardsell – The global outsourcing medley of the 21st century
    •    Julie Beardsell – The influence of CSR disclosure on corporate governance and company performance
    •    Karl A. Russell – FreeZone Concepts in the Middle East: Dubai Technology, E-commerce and Media Free Zone
    •    Luke Kirke – Carbon Derivatives and their Application within an Australian Context
    •    Martin Oluba – Does Nigerian Stock Market Efficiently Reflect Fundamental Values?
    •    Martin Oluba – Proposed Inflation Targeting or Mis-targeting in Nigeria?
    •    Martin Prater – How to identify and verify best practices in an evolving (information technology) area?
    •    Mathias Royce – The Rise and Propagation of Political Right-Wing Extremism
    •    Paul Clark – Running Head: Management overview of Scent as a Marketing Communications Tool
    •    Ranya Nehmeh – What is Organizational commitment, why should managers want it in their workforce and is there any cost effective way to secure it?
    •    Settor Amediku – Was Basel III necessary and will it bring about prudent risk management in banking?
    •    Sherif M. Haddad & Mark Esposito – Boards of Directors, Top Managers and Four Management Styles
    •    UmmeSalma – Ethical Leadership
    •    UmmeSalma – Post-Graduate education in United Arab Emirates – Change in teaching styles

    Dissertation Thesis Work

    Research work forms an important component of each Master and Doctoral degree at OUN University. That means our students graduate being able to consider research within the academic and scholarly arena and are able to apply it to the domain of operating business, a key skill-set to operate effectively in today’s complex world.

    Master Program Requirement
    At the Master level students are expected to carry out research in an end-of-study project that shows they have mastered the program material and are able to apply it to a business situation in a clear, concise and effective manner as they would be expected to do within a business setting.
    Doctoral Program Requirement
    At the Doctorate level students are expected to carry out scholarly research of an area or domain by contributing originality to the existing knowledge base and making a substantive contributing to the overall scholarship of their chosen field of study. Examples of some of the completed or presently underway Doctoral

    Dissertations are shown below:
    Doctoral Student: Beardsell, Julie
    Outsourcing Innovation As Enabler For Competitive Advantage In The Financial Services Sector
    Status: Successfully Defended


    Outsourcing was originally confined to peripheral business functions and mainly motivated by a cost saving logic, but has now developed into a routine strategic management move that affects not only peripheral functions but drives to the heart of the competitive core of organizations. This dissertation explores the innovation-focused paradigm for strategic outsourcing, identifying the behavior of firms that are successful in developing the core competencies required in providing innovation, whilst exploring the impact that culture plays as an inevitable influencing factor in the global ICT services landscape.
    Doctoral Student: Becker, Carsten

    Marketing Medical Devices in Europe – A Comprehensive Overview and Guide
    Status: Successfully Defended


    This guide gives an excellent overview and a unique summary of various business aspects of the medical device market in Europe. It is a very important guide for all those people, who want to market medical devices in Europe.
    Doctoral Student: Henderson, Jeffrey
    Corporate Citizenship In Canada: A Survey of Corporate Canada

    Status: Successfully Defended


    The purpose of the study is to examine in a rigorous fashion the nature of corporate citizenship as it exist within the Top 500 companies in Canada as measured by market capitalization, approximately $1.5 trillion US. As such, their existing programs and procedures along with their future intentions will shed light on the state of affairs and attitudes towards Corporate Citizenship within the professional community as it now exists in Canada.
    Doctoral Student: Wong, Kit Chee
    The Growth of Singapore SMEs and Its Inspiration by Financial Equites & Incentives

    Status: Successfully Defended


    This research is intended to find out the correlation between local business performance and the number of major dependent variables such as performance, punctuality and absenteeism etc. It studies how an organization’s performance is correlated to various incentives.
    Doctoral Student: Hilentzaris, Sofia
    Do gender differences impact the university academic and support services, and campus life experiences of students?

    Status: Successfully Defended


    This researcher examined how gender differences impact the university academic and support services, and campus life experiences of students. To examine the role of gender in experience satisfaction levels the Student Experience Satisfaction Survey (SESS) instrument was developed which contained 12 questions/hypotheses that measured the experience satisfaction levels of students based on the theoretical model that the researcher proposed. The findings are in line with the theoretical model of leadership (Synchronous University Model) about Excellence in Academic Student Experience, Excellence in Services Student Experience, and Excellence in Campus Life Student Experience for universities to achieve gender-neutral provisions to students.

    Library Sponsoring

    In early 2009, OUN initiated a Library and Book sponsorship program for all Faculty, students and friends of OUN. Both sponsorship programs are a great way for everyone to be involved with building out the OUN Library facilities and leaving their legacy with OUN. All sponsors will receive a personalized letter of appreciation from the Chairman of OUN expressing the University’s gratitude. Simply inquire at the administration to take part in the Library Sponsorship program.

    Library Sponsorship
    All Faculty, students and friends of OUN are eligible to lend their sponsorship and support to the OUN Library on an annual basis. Annual donations of 500 Euros will see their names placed in a position of prominence in the Library on the donors plaque.

    Book Sponsorship
    This program enables all Faculty, students and friends of OUN to directly support the library by having a book dedicated in their name to be placed on the stacks. New students when referencing the book will see the generous donation made by the donor as indicated on a specially designed label on the inside flap of the dedicated book with reference to the donor’s name, date of donation and the donor’s relation to OUN: faculty, student or friend. Book donation start at 50 Euros and are a wonderful way for each and every individal to leave their own personal legacy within the walls of OUN for future generations of students.

    Online Research Center

    Established in 1944, EBSCO is the world’s leading information agent providing consultative services and cutting-edge technology for managing and accessing quality content, including print and e-journals, e-packages, research databases, e-books and more. Now more than ever libraries and research organizations are looking for new ways to manage their collections more efficiently. EBSCO Information Services has developed e discovery solutions, including EBSCO A-to-Z™ and LinkSource™ , as well as management solutions such as EBSCONET™, EBSCONET ERM Essentials™ and EBSCO MARC™ Updates. These services offer unparalleled integration to help librarians save time and money while empowering their users.

    Pearson Higher Education
    Pearson is one of the world’s great publishers. They publish more books than any other company and reach millions of people every day, in print and online. Their higher education publishing brands – Addison-Wesley, Allyn & Bacon, Benjamin Cummings, Longman, Merrill, and Prentice Hall – have earned the trust of educators and students because of their commitment to accuracy, integrity, and independence of thought. Pearson electronic textbooks are used within the course structure at OUN University.

    EBL – EBook Library
    In collaboration with leading university and research libraries and major academic publishers, eBooks Corporation recently launched Ebook Library (EBL), a new ebook lending platform that delivers a rapidly expanding catalog of ebooks to academic and research libraries.
    EBL aims to extend digital lending capabilities, enable greater availability of books to greater number of students.
    EBL draws on extensive experience in print and digital publishing, and on advice from respected members of the library, publishing and technology communities. The result is a new approach to ebook lending that integrates seamlessly with library workflows, provides an intuitive interface for flexible purchase and lending.

    SSRN – Social Science Research Network
    OUN University fully supports the SSRN initiative with its in-house scholars and student working papers being published on its network. OUN university is a registered International Business School on the SSRN network.

    Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is a world wide collaborative of over 800 leading scholars that is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research. It is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences. Each of SSRN’s networks encourages the early distribution of research results by reviewing and distributing submitted abstracts and by soliciting abstracts of top quality research papers around the world. The Networks encourage readers to communicate directly with other subscribers concerning their own and other’s research. Through its email abstracting journals it currently reach over 163,000 people in approximately 70 different countries.

    SSRN’s email abstracting journals cover over 400 different subject areas. The Abstract Database contains information on well over 226,600 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers. The Electronic Paper collection currently contains over 185,500 downloadable electronic documents in Adobe Acrobat pdf format. SSRN users are downloading over 650,000 full text papers each month. SSRN supports the Open Access movement by providing free submissions to and downloads from the SSRN eLibrary.

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