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

Published January 15, 2017 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 January 2, 2017 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>

On apps and the bottom line: monetization!

Published December 19, 2016 by Mark Bodnar

It seems like just yesterday that smartphones were invented, followed shortly after by that wonderfully positive phrase, "There's an app for that!"*

And, as surely as traffic chaos follows Vancouver snow, I've noticed that the solutions proposed by many of our business students now start with a wonderfully enthusiastic proclamation, "We're going to build an app for that!

And, since the bottom line is never far from mind in business, even in academia, that bold statement is followed very quickly by the all-important question... "Are we going to go broke doing this?"... <more>

Numbers at your fingertips: Introducing Statista for SFU researchers!

Published December 3, 2016 by Mark Bodnar

We've all been there... that moment in a research project when you just need one key number to cement the last piece of your argument.

For instance, you might desperately need to know...

... Sound familiar? Then you really should get to know the newest database available via the SFU Library... <more>

 

Trump victory = Increased Craft Beer Sales in US?

Published November 9, 2016 by Mark Bodnar

Regular BUEC Buzz readers may recall a post I wrote in September on a feature in our Passport database that would allow you to model the forecasted effects of a Trump victory on a number of economic measures in the US, Canada, and beyond.  

Well, now that the victory is in the bag and the effects are imminent, I thought I'd follow up to mention that Passport added a report this morning that digs into the details... <more>

Researching diversity: CARMA live webcast this Friday

Published November 2, 2016 by Mark Bodnar

Another CARMA live webcast is coming up this Friday.  This one looks to be most relevant to our Organizational Behaviour/HRM researchers, but it's possible that some of the international business people may also find it useful. (All are welcome, of course!)

When: Friday, Nov. 4th, 9am (PST)

From info glut to info curation: Passport's new Natural Resources module

Published October 18, 2016 by Mark Bodnar

In our current era of information overload, information loses value.

Not that long ago we could only dream of having fingertip access to all the stats and facts that are burying us now. Yet what we really need now, and what we are even willing to pay for, are tools that will pre-gather and pre-analyze the information for us.  [...]

It's in that light that I'd like to highlight a new feature in our super-popular Passport database: Natural Resources

Wood"Passport Natural Resources uncovers the resource landscape in 210 countries globally. It offers up-to-date and relevant insights on the supply and demand of natural resources, as well as the challenges and opportunities stemming from natural resources and sustainability issues.   <more>

Modeling the economic effect of a Trump victory: New feature in Passport

Published September 14, 2016 by Mark Bodnar

Back in August, I mentioned Macro Model, a new macroeconomic modeling tool in our Passport database that allows you to model the effect of major events (e.g., a Disorderly Brexit or a recession in China) on various national economies (see: Modeling major economic events for your strategic planning).

I couldn't resist a quick update: As of today, the Macro Model tool now includes a Donald Trump scenario among the events that you can build into your modeling...

Modeling major economic events for your strategic planning

Published August 4, 2016 by Mark Bodnar
Source: Passport database

Wouldn't business life be easier if we didn't have to worry about future calamities?  If we could just gather up the data on what's happened already and what's happening now, then create a perfect strategic plan for what we want to happen in the future...

In such an idyllic world, we'd need only to press the start button on our plan and let it run without a thought about the potential for a severe recession in the US, or a sudden tightening of credit in China, or yet another oil price shock...

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