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A numbers tale: ORBIS & private company financials around the world

Published by Mark Bodnar

<My apologies in advance: this post is full of numbers. It's hard to avoid -- the numbers tell quite a story... one that I think is worth hearing.>

I was just browsing through the help files in our ORBIS database (that's what a bus/econ librarian does for fun -- seriously!) when I came across an amazing spreadsheet.  Screen capture of part of a spreadsheet showing the ORBIS coverage by country. Click to download the spreadsheet.

Okay, I'll freely admit that not everyone will see the amazingness behind those numbers.  Let me explain...

The sheet outlines the coverage of ORBIS across different countries.  More specifically, it tells us the depth of the coverage of companies based in almost every country in the world.  That is, it lists how many companies ORBIS is tracking in each country, and how much information it has on those companies (detailedlimited, or no financials).  

Still with me? Great! Here come the numbers... <more>

Deep dive into research methods: CARMA Short Courses in Detroit

Published by Mark Bodnar

Image of the logo for CARMA: Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis

I've mentioned our CARMA video library and live webcasts a few times in the past, but I don't think I've talked about their in-person, Short Courses.

SFU is a member of CARMA (Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis), which means that our faculty and students get deep discounts on any in-person courses that CARMA arranges... and I see there are couple such sessions coming up in early June at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan... <more>

Free webinars & training videos: Thomson Reuters Eikon+Datastream

Published by Mark Bodnar

I heard today that Thomson Reuters is going to be offering some free webinars for subscribers of their Eikon & Datastream databases. Fortunately, that means all SFU researchers are eligible to join in! 

Read on for details on the three webinars they've got queued up, as well as for details on some "on demand" online training options that will help you make the most use of our newest resource. ...<more>

Webinar this Wednesday: NYU Prof. Damodaran on Narrative and Numbers

Published by Mark Bodnar

Image of the book cover of "Narrative and Numbers" by Prof. Damodaran.

My apologies for the last-minute notice on this one... I've just heard about a webinar that may be of interest to students and faculty in accounting and finance.  

This Wednesday (April 12, 2017), from 2:30-3:30 Pacific time, Professor Aswath Damodaran from NYU Stern will discuss his new book on valuation “Narrative and Numbers: The Value of Stories in Business” and answer questions.

"The webinar will include segments on how to value a range of companies, from start-ups like Uber to established firms like Ferrari... <more>

Trial: ESG data via WRDS (Environmental, Social, Governance)

Published by Mark Bodnar

SFU researchers now have trial access to a collection of ESG data via our WRDS financial data interface.  This trial of RepRisk ESG data will end on Oct. 19, 2016 (yes -- 2016!).  The RepRisk data includes severity measures for each of 28 different issues (child labor, local pollution, freedom of association...) within the broader categories of Environmental, Social, and Governance.  <more>

Good CARMA for all! *Research methods* streaming video collection available for SFU researchers

Published by Mark Bodnar

Overwhelmed trying to tease out trends in a Big Data dataset? Perplexed by panel methods in strategy research? Curious about the publishing criteria for qualitative research? Have we got a resource for you!

We are very pleased to announce that SFU researchers now have online access to over a hundred lectures on advanced research methods topics.  Look for the CARMA Video Library on our alphabetical list of databases. 

Introverts in the Executive Suite: presentation downtown + research here!

Published by Mark Bodnar

I just noticed that the CMA Innovation Centre within our Beedie School of Business wil be hosting a presentation on Introverts in the Executive Suite on Nov. 26th.  Interesting topic!

I'm not able to attend, but for those of you who are able, or even just those of you who want to learn more about the topic, check out the research tips below. I've pulled these from one of the topic guides I created for a BUS 360W class a couple years ago.

On mobiles, millennials, mobile millennials, monetization and more

Published by Mark Bodnar

I was just searching through comScore's Insights (blog posts, case studies, data gems, reports, and more) when I came across a series of cool resources focused on mobiles, millennials, and even mobile millennials, including a bit of Canada-specific data.  I've always been a sucker for a good alliterative coincidence -- and once my attention had been grabbed, I thought I'd share the joy via a blog post...