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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>

On NAFTA, real facts, and Statista...

Published by Mark Bodnar

As you may have heard, there's been some talk lately about reopening and renegotiating the NAFTA agreement. If you'd like to join that conversation and want to contribute more than just "alternative facts," consider consulting this handy dossier of statistics from our newest database: Statista...  <more>

North American Free Trade Agreement - Statista Dossier (image with link)

On cheese and taste tests... (for BUS 345 researchers)

Published by Mark Bodnar

Our BUS 345 students are going to be doing some taste tests again this semester, and this time the focus is on cheese!

If you're in that class, see below for some initial thoughts on resources to help you understand the cheese market and consumers, especially in Canada.  Also be sure to check out my earlier blog post -- On taste tests and primary research (redux)  -- for a list of resources and search strategies that may help you as you design your taste test methodologies and evaluate... <more>

Venture Design and more: New content in Lynda.com for SFU researchers

Published by Mark Bodnar

Happy New Year, everyone!  

Lynda.com logoAnd what better way to ring in the new year than a post about a new video course in Lynda.com aimed at those who want to start new ventures? :-) 

Design Thinking: Venture Design is an intermediate level video course intended to help you "Discover the key principles of venture design and discover the tremendous advantages it brings to entrepreneurial efforts, both within startups and... <more>