Recent Submissions

  • EVALUATION OF CANIS HAIR AS A POTENTIAL WILD PIG REPELLENT ON COWDEN PLANTATION, JACKSON, SC

    Hitchens, Samantha Rae; Department of Biological Sciences; Hull College of Business; Augusta University; Saul, Bruce (2019-02-13)
    Invasive wild pigs (Sus scrofa) continue to have a destructive impact across the world. The uncontrolled spread of these intrusive animals has affected many cultures, making it important to develop management methods across many locales. Wild pigs are often hunted with dogs; however, this method may not be suitable or legal in all areas impacted by this animal. In consideration of this fact, along with the knowledge that pigs have a highly developed sense of smell, led us to the hypothesis: Can a natural scent function as a satisfactory pig repellant? Based upon our past testing trials of potential scents in the Savannah River swamp near Jackson, SC, dog hair appeared to have a potential effect. We designed this experiment to attract wild pigs into an area baited with corn, and subsequently applied dog hair to the same area. Trail cameras were used at study locations to observe the normal patterns of wild pigs before and after dog hair applications. We analyzed our data by noting the presence and absence of pigs throughout our study trials. Image totals were also examined to determine if the dog hair dissuaded the pigs from entering the area. Our results supported our hypothesis.
  • Forecasting Hotel Occupancy Rates in Augusta: Can Google Trends Improve Forecasts?

    Callison, Jamie; Department of Management and Marketing (Augusta University, 2018-05)
  • Are NFL teams getting the most out of their wins? The Efficiency of Year End Revenues of Ten NFL Teams

    Gonzales, Savanna; Department of Management and Marketing (Augusta University, 2018-05)
  • Forecasting Hotel Occupancy Rates in Augusta: Can Google Trends Improve Forecasts?

    Callison, Jamie; Hull College of Business; Augusta University; Thompson, Mark; Hull College of Business (2018-02-12)
    This project will develop models in an attempt to develop better forecasts of hotel occupancy for the market in Augusta, Georgiaby utilizing historical occupancy data and Google trends data. Using the historical data from the years 2012 through 2015, a series of five univariate modelswill be made with differing forecasting equations to forecast the year 2016. The forecast for theyear 2016 will be compared to actual occupancy data from 2016 to measure for errors. The models will then be re-estimated with additional keywords that will be chosen on the basis that they will be commonly used to search for and book hotels. Some terms will be specific to Augusta and others will be general for booking hotels. With those terms, an index will be created to weigh the terms according to their relevance throughout the year, according to Google trends. With the addition of the keywords, the newforecasts will be compared to actual occupancy data from 2016. Errors of the univariate models and the models utilizing Google trends data will be compared to determine the accuracy of the two forecasting techniques.
  • Are NFL teams getting the most out of their wins? The Efficiency of Year End Revenues of Ten NFL Teams

    Gonzales, Savanna; Thompson, Mark; Hull College of Business; Augusta University; Thompson, Mark; Hull College of Business; Hoffman, Todd; Department of English and Foreign Languages; Hunt, David; Pamplin College (2018-02-12)
    Major sports have taken over many prominent industries in today's world. With the economic impact of athletics comes its evolution from a spectator event into a business. Each team in the major leagues is now not only pressured to produce winsbut as a business, they must also bring in revenue. This means that efficiencyof funds is a vital goal of team managers and financial specialists. Thisresearch projectexaminesthe effects of various factors on year-end revenues for the top ten most valuable teams in the National Football League. Through the use of a DEA model that analyzes such inputs as income, team record and stand out players we areable to determine how efficiently each team is performing based on their revenues, or the output. Of the 10 teams studied, 5 were deemed efficient while 5 were deemed inefficient.Teams that didnot see successful revenue reports were analyzed based on their weaknesses and offered recommendations on which to improve where efficient teams were used a comparison. Ultimately, the goal of this research is to identify factors to improve revenue efficiency across the league as a whole by looking at the top performing teams (or best practices).
  • Marketing Downtown Augusta: Leader's Perceptions of Safety and Cleanliness in Downtown Augusta

    Long, William; Department of Management (Augusta University, 2017-12)
  • Cash Flow Pattern Analysis of Fraud and Non-Fraud Firms: A Comparison and Contrast

    Runger, Shannon; Knox School of Accountancy (Augusta University, 2016-05)
    Companies may exhibit one of eight possible cash flow patterns on their Statement of Cash Flows. By pair-matching 30 firms that were known to have issued fraudulent financial statements with 30 non-fraud firms of similar size and industry, a comparison and contrast of the cash flow patterns can be made and the results analyzed. In my research, I examine and analyze the cash flow patterns of fraud and non-fraud firms as reported on the Statement of Cash Flows to determine whether or not the patterns provide some indication of fraudulent activity. I hypothesize that the fraud firms would be more likely to show a cash flow pattern during the year prior to fraud that indicated the firm was struggling and that alternatively, the pattern during the fraud year would be one that indicates a firm is stable and profitable. My findings not only do not support this hypothesis, they also indicate that this method of cash flow pattern analysis does not provide a reliable indication or prediction of fraudulent activity.
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)

    Slade, Catherine P.; Department of Management and Marketing (2016-09)
    The purpose of this session is explain the Social Behavioral Educational Research Institutional Review Board (IRB) process at Augusta University. We will address federal guidelines for social science research and how we address those through our Research Administration and IRB organization, and their policies and procedures. The role of the IRB in protecting human participants in research will be explored, but most of the session will deal with helpful hints for researchers and faculty advisors to ensure efficient and effective IRB submission, review, approval, and follow up. First-hand experience with IRB submissions and approval will be described by the speaker. New and improved resources for one-on-one and classroom assistance with the IRB process will be presented. Dr. Slade joined the Augusta University faculty as Assistant Professor of Management at the Hull College of Business in Fall 2010 after earning her PhD in public administration, management, and policy from the joint program of the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University in 2008. Dr. Slade specializes in teaching, research, and community service related to health science management, policy, and ethics. She has nearly 30 years of health care management experience working with the spectrum of health care services entities and several state and federal agencies. She has worked as a hospital executive, an industry consultant, and a researcher addressing the science of science policy development, the social construction of science, and academic researcher productivity and ethics. She is currently the chair of IRB B, the Social, Behavioral, Educational Institutional Review Board at Augusta University.