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Actions vs words: New video on using news to research companies

Published May 16, 2020 by Mark Bodnar

Screen capture of the title screen of video: "Actions vs Words: Understanding a Company's Strategies Using News SourcesAnother video on business research skills & resources! 

As you can probably figure out from the title, this one is about using news sources to gather information about what a company has been doing so that you can infer the company's strategy, rather than relying solely on the company's explicit statements or third-party analysis. That is, focusing on actions vs. words.  

And it includes a brief demonstration of one of our main news article databases here at SFU: Factiva.

<Read on for details.>

Factiva in 2020: Expanding content to meet emerging needs

Published February 28, 2020 by Mark Bodnar

line drawing of a person next to a speech bubble with a newspaper in itFrequent readers of the BUEC Buzz -- and most students in the classes I visit -- will know that I consider the use of good news sources to be imperative for business research.

You really can't deal with strategies, marketing plans, investments, etc. without being on top of all that is changing in our world... and that means exploring beyond the curated-for-clicks content of most social media.

And frequent readers will also know that one of our best news sources here at SFU is Factiva which covers over 33,000 news publications from around the world, including the Wall Street Journal

<Read on to learn about Factiva's new content, and about the time-saving Factiva Expert Search feature!>

One year in: The business of (legal) cannabis

Published October 17, 2019 by Mark Bodnar

Time flies when you're having fun...

drawing of a cannabis leaf with dollar signs between each segmentIt was one year ago today that Canada legalized cannabis. Now that we are a year into this new world of legalized sale and consumption, we are seeing innovations such as edibles & low-cost, bulk buying, and there are reports of a boost to the economy of over $8 billion.

I thought I'd do a quick "anniversary" check today to see what new information resources might now be available on this hot topic... 

<Read on for lots of recent resources on this fast-changing topic!>

This post is not about Netflix...

Published July 18, 2019 by Mark Bodnar

I spotted an interesting story in the Wall Street Journal this morning: "Netflix U.S. Users Decline, Sinking Its Stock --- Video service reports 130,000 fewer domestic subscribers in second quarter."

To be frank, what was interesting for me about this article wasn't the content -- as much as I like streaming Netflix shows while I fold the laundry, I don't really need an ongoing blow-by-blow of its subscriber numbers.  No, what caught my attention was that this would be a good chance to highlight a couple of my favourite SFU Library resources: Factiva and Statista

<Read on for details!>

A feast of resources for those researching alternative protein markets!

Published April 24, 2019 by Mark Bodnar

A couple of our marketing classes are going to be doing some primary research on alternative protein products & consumers this semester.

In support of those classes, I've listed some key resources, but students in other classes may also want to use this post as a case study to learn about the powerful market research tools available to SFU researchers.  Bon appetite!

<Read on for a menu of delicious databases>

The Olympics & Factiva: Global sporting event meets global news database!

Published February 13, 2014 by Mark Bodnar

With both the Olympics and our newest database (Factiva) on my mind, it seemed a natural next step to check out what Factiva might have to offer if I was researching the Olympics...

a. Russian News

Wouldn't it be interesting to see how the Olympics is discussed within their host country?  Are there complaints about costs? Does nationalism override objectivity?  Do issues that are reported outside of the country get coverage internally?

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