RD Beason

Professor, Alberta School of Business - Marketing, Business Economics and Law

Contact

Professor, Alberta School of Business - Marketing, Business Economics and Law
Phone
(780) 492-2804
Address
3-30F Business Building
11203 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2R6

Overview

Teaching

Teaching Interests

  • Business Economics

Courses

BUEC 311 - Business Economics, Organizations and Management

Business organizations as systems of mutually reinforcing functional areas where decision making is driven by underlying economic forces. Application of economic theory to facilitate complex decision making within organizations: economic models of decision making are linked directly to functional areas of management. Topics include the organization of firms and industries; meeting customer needs; and decision making involving production, resource use, dealing with risk and uncertainty, scale and scope of operations, competitive advantage, and product pricing. Prerequisite: ECON 101, ECON 102, and MATH 114 or equivalent. Not open to students with previous credit in ECON 281.

Winter Term 2021
BUEC 342 - Introduction to International Business

Provides students with an introduction to the tools they will require to succeed in the increasingly international business world. Serves as a basis for other more advanced courses in International Business. Topics covered could include Country Differences, International Trade, Foreign Direct Investment, Regional Economic Integration, The Foreign Exchange Market and International Business Strategy and Operations. Prerequisites: ECON 101 and ECON 102. Students may receive credit for only one of BUEC 342 or ADMI 342.

Winter Term 2021 Winter Term 2022
BUEC 479 - Government and Business in Canada

The role of business in the public policy process: how business organizations influence public policy and its administration, and how public policies affect business. Processes of change are of particular interest. Attention is to the motivation, behavior patterns, and the dynamics of the interaction of different stakeholder groups, policy makers, and managers responsible for the implementation of public policies. Develops a framework for analysis of the effectiveness and efficiency of different fiscal, regulatory, and promotional policies; consideration is given to the impact of technological, economic, and social change on policy choice in the long term. Prerequisite: BUEC 311 or ECON 281.

Winter Term 2022

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Scholarly Activities

Research - Books

The Political Economy of Japanese Financial Markets: Myths and Realities. Forthcoming, Macmillan Press Ltd. 1999.

The Japan that Never Was. With Dennis Patterson. SUNY Press, 2004.


Research - Conference Proceedings, Book Chapters, Review Articles, Working Papers

“Restructuring announcements and performance among Japanese firms in response to prudential policy changes,” with Ken Gordon, Vikas Mehrotra and Akiko Watanabe. Presented at the conference of the 40th anniversary of the Kangwon National University College of Business, Korea, October 2010.

“Restructuring and returns in Japan following the lost decade,” with Ken Gordon, Vikas Mehrotra and Akiko Watanabe. Presented at the Asia Pacific Economic Forum, Keio University, Japan. November 2009.

“Ownership, corporate groupings and returns among Japanese firms,” Presented at the Japanese Studies Association of Canada, October 2008.

“Restructuring and returns during Japan’s ‘lost decade,’” Presented at the Northern Finance Association Meeting, August 2008.

“Restructuring, returns and performance among Japanese firms,” Presented at the Japanese Studies Association of Canada, August 2007.

“Japan has always been global,” in Japan in the Global Economy, Ron Coates, ed. 2003, UBC Press.

Review of Corporate Financing and Governance in Japan, by Takeo Hoshii and Anil Kashyap.

Review of Making Health Work, Human Growth in Modern Japan, forthcoming in Canadian Journal of Economics, November 1997.

"Growth, Targeting and Economies of Scale," in Structural Change, Industrial Location and Competitiveness, B. Yeung and J. Oxley, eds.

Review of Japan’s Computer and Communications Industry, in Journal of Asian Studies, November 1996.

“Testing for the Neutrality of Japan’s Fiscal Packages, 1992-1997,” Working Paper, 1996.

"Supplemental Budgets and Elections in Japan," Proceedings Of the Japanese Studies Association of Canada, fall 1996.

"Research and Development in Japan and North America: Myths and Realities," Proceedings of the Japanese Studies Association of Canada, fall 1992.

"Share Price Volatility and Japanese Corporate Groupings," Proceedings of the Japanese Studies Association of Canada, October 1991.

Review of Productivity and Growth in the U.S. and Japan, Hulten, ed. in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, March, 1992.

"The Political Economy of Finance for Small-Medium Japanese Enterprises," Proceedings of the Japanese Business Studies Association, January, 1992.

"The Cost of Capital by Firm Size in Japan," Proceedings of the Japanese Studies Association of Canada, January, 1991.


Research - Journal Articles

“Restructuring announcements and performance among Japanese firms in response to prudential policy changes,” with Ken Gordon, Vikas Mehrotra and Akiko Watanabe. Forthcoming, Asia Pacific Journal of Business.

“Japanese Fiscal Austerity and imports from Korea,” with Todd Smith. Journal of the Korean Economy, Fall 2007.

“Separation Risk and Firm Size-Earnings Relationships Japan and the United States,” Japan and the World Economy, September 2000.

“Contagion Effects and Asian Flu,” with Chinwen Hsin. Asia Pacific Journal of Finance, May 1999.

“The Political-Economy of Japans Fiscal Packages During the Heisei Recession,” with Dennis Patterson. World Politics, August 2002.

“The MITI Myth,” The American Enterprise, July/August 1995.

"Growth, Targeting and Economies of Scale in Japan: 1960-1990," August 1996, The Review of Economics and Statistics, (with David Weinstein).

"Corporate Groupings and Share Price Volatility in Japan," May 1998, Pacific Basin Finance Journal.

"Tests of Production Smoothing in Selected Japanese Industries," Journal of Monetary Economics, June 1993.

"Intertemporal Substitution and Labor Supply in Japan," Journal of Human Resources, spring 1992.

"The Role of Financial Keiretsu," Business and the Contemporary World, fall 1992.

"Cost of Borrowed Funds by Firm Scale in Japan: An Empirical Study," Economic Studies Quarterly, March, 1992.