Category Archives: The Business of Research

Research says: Research is a career worth pursuing!

At Quirk’s, we’ve heard enough from our readers to know that, despite all the exciting changes happening in the industry (e.g., mobile research, storytelling, neuromarketing, big data, etc.), it isn’t always sunshine and roses. It’s a lot of hard work … Continue reading

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5 practices to boost your personal and professional standing

Editor’s note: Margaret Page is founder and CEO of Etiquette Page Enterprises, a Western Canadian training organization, and author of The Power of Polite, Blueprint for Success and Cognito Cards – Wisdom for Dining & Social Etiquette. At one time, … Continue reading

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MR job prospects show promise of upward mobility

Editor’s note: Karla Ahern and Naomi Keller are market research executive recruiters at Evanston, Ill.-based Burtch Works Executive Recruiting. This post originally appeared as an article in the April 2014 issue of Marketing News under the title “State of the … Continue reading

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3 tips for getting more honest – and useful – employee feedback

Editor’s note: Barry Banther is the founder and CEO of Banther Consulting, Tarpon Springs, Fla., and author of A Leader’s Gift: How to Earn the Right to be Followed. There are five simple words that can spell doom for a … Continue reading

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Seven tips for boosting your work cred when winter weather hits

If we’re honest, most of us love a good snow day. Especially for folks who grew up in cold climates but who now live in cities with milder weather, dire forecasts and gathering cloud cover take us back to those … Continue reading

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It’s all about me: Do narcissists make good managers?

Does your boss lack empathy or have a “grandiose sense of self-importance”? If so they may be a narcissist and new research reported in Personnel Psychology explores the risks, and benefits, of having one as your manager. From an employers’ … Continue reading

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3 tips for constructive confrontation in the workplace

Editor’s note: Tomás Garza is a conflict resolution and personal development expert. For more information visit www.garzainitiative.com. To successfully navigate workplace conflict, managers must be able to confront team members in a positive, productive manner. Whatever the situation, whether two … Continue reading

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Are young grads uninterested in MR careers?

Editor’s note: This content from Fringe Factory originally appeared in a December 12, 2013, post on www.baqmar.eu (The Belgian Association for Quantitative and Qualitative Marketing Research), titled “Fringe report: Is market research really a career?” The full report is available … Continue reading

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Cocktail conversation fodder for the fall MR conference season

October is a busy month for marketing research conference-going: CASRO just finished its annual meeting and next week brings the Corporate Researchers Conference (CRC) and the annual QRCA gathering. The week after that comes TMRE. As you’re mingling with other … Continue reading

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A short note from an angry, job-hunting researcher

Editor’s note: As a thank-you to the researchers who completed our 2013 marketing research salary survey, we sent a copy of the final report to all respondents. Among the many kind notes we received back was the following, sent by … Continue reading

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