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Chapter 3. Research > Research Information

Research Information

The following questions will help find out about a company when you’re doing research. Fill in the blanks as you acquire information.

  What is the product produced or the service offered by the company? _____________

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  Where is the product or service sold and to whom?________________

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  How many years has the company been in business?_______________

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  How has the focus of the company shifted since its inception?________

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  Has management been fairly stable or has there been excessive turnover?

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  Is the company publicly or privately owned?_____________

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  Has the stock remained stable and strong or does it fluctuate often? What affects the stock prices? ________________________________

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  Have there been any takeover attempts of the company?___________

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  Is realizing a profit affected by intangible forces such as weather or politics?

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  Is the product or service seasonal? Are employees hired accordingly?__

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  Has the company realized a profit from the product or service in the last year? In the last five years? __________________________

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  Has the company laid off employees in the last three years? Why?__

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  Is the company part of a conglomerate?_____________________

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  Is the company highlighted in the press? Why? Is it positive or negative press?

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  Is the company known for its innovative treatment toward employees?

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  Is the company known for its conservative treatment toward employees?

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  Is the company unionized? Which union? How strong is the union?__

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  What new ventures is the company planning to undertake?______

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  Is the company based solely in the United States or does it have offices and interests abroad? ____________________

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  Is the company part of a growing industry?______________

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  What are the projections for the industry?_______________

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