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Research and Evaluation: Example Problem

What are some examples of literature reviews and statistics used and available at your work place or organization? What are they used for and how are they determined?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using surveys to conduct research? What is an example of a loaded question? In what situations is it appropriate to use focus groups? Explain

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What are some examples of literature reviews and statistics used and available at your work place or organization? What are they used for and how are they determined?

In some organization, it is helpful to have access to databases which contain important information. This info can be used for many reasons:

Literature reviews:
- to see what current trends are in your industry
- to see what new developments are being made in your area
- to see use as a stepping stone before your company partakes in new endeavors

Statistics:
- to see how your company is performing with respect to its competition
- to compare various items against published norms

Let me elaborate.

Imagine you are a firm the manufactures woman's clothing. This is a huge industry, with a lot of competition. Therefore, to be profitable, stay at the top of the innovation curve, attract new customers and retain old ones, it is critical for your firm to conduct research. A good deal of insight can be gained via secondary research in the form of literature reviews or statistics.

It would be critical for your organization to subscribe to different journals that deal with textiles, manufacturing, design and importing. This way, you can keep up with the latest news, the new trends..

For example, in a journal that deals with textiles, there might be a new article published which examines consumer's reactions to using bamboo as a material to manufacture clothing. This info is interesting for many reasons;
- maybe your company was unaware that bamboo was the new "trendy" cloth
OR
- maybe your company was already considering looking into bamboo

So buy reading the literature review in an already published journal, you can get an understanding how how people are perceiving it, without you having to do the initial work. You could read that bamboo is taking off, and then use this info as a justification for your firm to examine the bamboo route. Or, you can see that bamboo has not received such a positive review, and you know ...

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