MBA Evidence-Based Innovation

Should Purchasing Power Parity be utilized in Global Market Research Benchmarking Studies?

Posted on Aug 28, 2018 2:30:00 PM

What is the impact of currency fluctuations? 

Currency fluctuations are an important and often-discussed topic our global benchmarking studies. The exchange rate of one currency versus the other is influenced by numerous fundamental and technical factors. These include relative supply and demand of the two currencies, economic performance, outlook for inflation, interest rate differentials, capital flows, technical support and resistance levels, and so on. As these factors are generally in a state of perpetual flux, currency values fluctuate from one moment to the next. To account for this flux, we have to adjust currency metrics to a common currency rate in order to neutralize the currency fluctuations in the global exchange rates in order to benchmark management education programs.

In order to benchmark tuitions (program costs), salaries and other economic indicators, we must compare the value of the output from different countries. However, many institutions will report data in their native currency. That means that to compare the data, each country's statistics must be converted into a common currency. However, there are several ways to conduct that conversion and each may provide a markedly different result.

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Tags: Analysis/Reporting, PPP

Percept Research’s 15th Anniversary: The Best is Yet to Come

Posted on Mar 30, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Percept Research unveiled its 15th anniversary logo today, launching a one-year commemoration recognizing the firm’s history of delivering trusted insight and service excellence.

In 2003, Daniel Mosrie and I founded the Percept Research with the goal of establishing a data-driven consultancy focused on the delivery of actionable market research and management consulting services with a commitment to building relationships through remarkable client service.

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Tags: Staff, Anniversary, New Logo

6 Tips to Help you Enhance Your Higher Ed Social Media Campaigns

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 8:30:00 AM

I have a confession to make -- I have recently become emotionally invested in Oreos. Every time I see a hint of that black and white cream combo, I cannot look away, particularly if it is dwarfed between Shaq’s massive fingers, looking like a wee crumb. And, I’m afraid my unhealthy attachments are not limited to cookies. Because of Airbnb’s jaw-dropping Instagram account, I have mapped out an entirely new life that will be lived on a houseboat floating along the coast of Spain. And, do not get me started on how much time I have spent watching a pregnant giraffe

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Tags: Marketing Strategy, Marketing Communications, Social Media

Percept Research Ransomware Crisis Resolution and Prevention

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 8:22:00 AM

Percept Research discovered late Friday night on February 3, 2017 that our servers were hacked by criminals located in Russia. Our web and file servers were attacked by the ‘Al Narood’ virus that stealthily infects a computer, encrypts data files, and blocks access. This form of attack is called ’ransomware’ because it renders computers unusable unless victims are willing to pay an extortion fee and obtain a decryption key to unlock the machines.

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Tags: Crisis Resolution, Ransomware

When to Choose Open or Close-Ended Questions

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Designing an engaging questionnaire is one of the first steps in conducting a research study. To do so, researchers ask themselves what type of questions are the best to ask. The answer is that it depends – on what researchers are trying to learn from the survey, who they are recruiting to participate, and how much the respondents and researchers themselves know about the survey topic. The sections that follow explain open- and close-ended questions, offer some of their benefits and drawbacks, and provide recommendations on how to incorporate these question formats into business school stakeholder surveys.

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Tags: Qualitative Research, Survey Design, Open-Ended Questions