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Marketing research


The course introduces students to the general marketing research process and provides a broad overview over some of the most common research methods in marketing. After an introduction into empirical research, we discuss how to set up a research process around a problem statement, and how to carry out subsequent field research in order to obtain relevant primary and secondary data. We discuss different survey designs, questionnaire development, interview techniques, focus groups, observational data and experiments. At the heart of this course are the typical qualitative and quantitative research methods, with a focus on quantitative approaches such as conjoint analysis, factor analysis, and cluster analysis. As we take an applied perspective, we will further emphasize practical application of the theoretical knowledge through exercises and discussions with guest speakers from the industry.
Recommended Books
Marketing Research - An Applied Orientation, Naresh K. Malhotra, 6th Edition, Pearson.
Principles of marketing engineering, Lilien, G. L., Rangaswamy, A., & De Bruyn, A. (2007), DecisionPro.

The grading will be made up of 120 points for the exam (100%) and up to 15 extra points for a compulsory group work. However, you cannot lose but only gain points with the group work.



Hofstetter R.

Course director

Schiestel L. M.


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