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Research Clinics

Business Research Clinics

Open-door workshops on library databases and other information sources for business, management, and economics.

Clinics are held in room TNRB 240.

Thursdays at 5:00 pm.

Each lasts one hour.

Please contact Andy Spackman (andy_spackman@byu.edu) or Leticia Camacho (leticia_camacho@byu.edu) with comments or suggestions for future clinic topics.

Fall 2013 Schedule

September 

 

26th: Unlocking Market Research
Need to determine market size for your business plan?  We’ll use a case study to demonstrate real-world sources of secondary market research. Download the handout.

October 

3rd: Research the Competition
When researching a company or industry the first thing you need to know is who’s the competition. This clinic will focus on tools that provide company information and generate lists of companies by industry, size, location, and more. Download the handout.

10th: Advanced Market Research Tools: Simmons and ESRI’s BAO
A deeper look at two of our newest tools. Simmons provides in-depth consumer survey data about purchasing habits and media consumption. ESRI’s Business Analyst Online is a geographic information system that combines mapping tools with demographic and marketing data.

17th: Global Business Research
Research international market trends, demographics, economics, and trade data. The information you need to outsource manufacturing or open new markets, from Azerbaijan to Argentina. Download the handout.

 

Previous Clinics

October 2012

3rd: Unlocking Market Research
Need to determine market size for your business plan?  We’ll use a case study to demonstrate real-world sources of secondary market research.
Download the handout.

10th: Global Business Research
Research international market trends, demographics, economics, and trade data. The information you need to outsource manufacturing or open new markets, from Azerbaijan to Argentina. Download the handout.

17th: Searching Scholarly Literature
Advanced techniques for searching academic literature, identifying seminal articles, and creating bibliographies. This Business Research Clinic is intended especially for RAs and those interested in obtaining PhDs.

September 2012

26th: Research the Competition
When researching a company or industry the first thing you need to know is who’s the competition. This clinic will focus on tools that provide company information and generate lists of companies by industry, size, location, and more. Download the handout.

February 2012

9th: Unlocking Market Research
Need to determine market size for your business plan?  We’ll use a case study to demonstrate real-world sources of secondary market research. Download the handout.

16th: Research the Competition
When researching a company or industry the first thing you need to know is who’s the competition. This clinic will focus on tools that provide company information and generate lists of companies by industry, size, location, and more. Download the handout.

23rd: Global Business Research
Research international market trends, demographics, economics, and trade data. The information you need to outsource manufacturing or open new markets, from Azerbaijan to Argentina. Download the handout.

October 2010

6th: Scholarly Literature
Advanced techniques for searching academic literature, identifying seminal articles, and creating bibliographies. Intended especially for RAs and those interested in obtaining PhDs. Download the handout.

13th: Market Research for a Tech Startup
Need market research for your business plan?  We’ll use a case study to demonstrate real-world sources for high-tech and digital media markets.

20th: Global Business
Research international market trends, demographics, and trade data. The information you need to outsource manufacturing or open new markets, from Azerbaijan to Argentina. Download the handout.

September 2010

22nd: Who’s Your Competition
When researching a company or industry the first thing you need to know is who’s the competition. This clinic will focus on tools that provide company information and generate lists of companies by industry. Download the handout.

29th: Industry Research
Sources for industry research that answer questions like: What’s Verizon’s market share? What’s the average P/E ratio for pharma? Which segment drives construction in China? Download the handout.

February 2010

2nd: Securities Analysis
Yahoo! Finance is great, but how does it compare to pay services like S&P, Value Line, Mergent, and Morningstar? Download the handout.

16th: Socially Responsible Business
From microfinance and social investing to green business and sustainability: Information sources for topics in socially responsible business. Download the handout.

23rd: Free Research Sources
After you graduate, where will you turn for market and industry research? Finding and using free sources can be done but requires different strategies. Download the handout.

January 2010

19th: Determining Market Size
Need to determine market size for your business plan?  We’ll use a case study to demonstrate real-world sources. Download thehandout.

26th: Market Research for a Tech Startup
Need market research for your business plan?  We’ll use a case study to demonstrate real-world sources for high-tech and digital media markets.

October 2009

6th: Bloomberg Training Seminar
(Special time and place: TNRB 260, 2-5 pm)
A trainer from Bloomberg will be on campus to conduct a two-part seminar, first offering an introduction to the Bloomberg Terminal for new users, then offering more in-depth training for experienced users. Cosponsored with the Peery Institute of Financial Services.

13th: Global Business
Research international market trends, demographics, and trade data. The information you need to outsource manufacturing or open new markets, from Azerbaijan to Argentina. Download the handout.

September 2009

15th: Who’s Your Competition
When researching a company or industry the first thing you need to know is who’s the competition. This clinic will focus on tools that provide company information and generate lists of companies by industry. Download the handout.

22nd: Industry Research
Sources for industry research that answer questions like: What’s Verizon’s market share? What’s the average P/E ratio for pharma? Which segment drives construction in China? Download the handout.

29th: Scholarly Literature
Advanced techniques for searching academic literature, identifying seminal articles, and creating bibliographies. Intended especially for RAs and those interested in obtaining PhDs. Download the handout.

March 2009

4th & 5th:  Accounting Tax & Standards
Why buy CD-ROMs? Get standards and literature online through databases like BNA, CCH, RIA and more. Download the handout.

February 2009

4th & 5th:  Securities Analysis
Yahoo! Finance is great, but how does it compare to pay services like S&P, Value Line, and Morningstar? Download the handout.

11th & 12th:  News and Best Practices
Keep current with trends in specific industries and markets, and monitor best practices in your field of management. Download the handout.

18th & 19th:  Global Trade and Economics
Economic indicators, demographics, and trade data from the World Bank, IMF, OECD, and UN.  Download the handout.

25th & 26th:  International Marketing
Where should you launch your product?  Market trends and consumer behavior, from Azerbaijan to Argentina. Download the handout.

January 2009

21st & 22nd:  Entrepreneurship
From concept to corporation: Sources for sample business plans, how-to guides, templates and tips. Download the handout.

28th & 29th:  Market Research
Need market research for your business plan?  We’ll use a case study to demonstrate real-world sources. Download the handout.

November 2008

5th & 6th:  eBusiness
Understand the online marketplace.  Statistics, trends, and analysis on digital marketing and media. Download the handout.

October 2008

2nd only (11am):  Academic Literature
Do you want a PhD?  Learn advanced techniques for searching literature, identifying seminal articles, and creating bibliographies.  Download the handout.

15th & 16th:  Bloomberg
Real-time financial market data. Learn how to become certified on the Bloomberg Terminal and how to tie live data into Excel. Download the handout.

22nd & 23rd:  Accounting Tax & Standards
Why buy CD-ROMs? Get standards and literature online through databases like BNA, CCH, RIA and more.

29th & 30th:  Industry Research
Who are the major players? What is the average P/E ratio? Which segments are key?  What’s the industry outlook? Download the handout.

September 2008

10th & 11th:  Free Market Research
Small Business owners can’t afford market research.  Good thing it’s free.  Demographics, consumer behavior and more!  Download the handout.

17th & 18th:  Who’s the competition?
When researching a company or industry the first thing you need to know is who the competition is.  Download the handout.

24th & 25th:  Career Research
Interviewing?  Be prepared with background research on the company, industry and career outlook.  Download the handout.