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CSP Library   MAR 301: Principles of Marketing: Company Research

Use this guide to help with research for MAR 301: Principles of Marketing, including company and industry research and where to go for help with your projects

Consider Before You Start

Is the company public or private? Public companies are required to report information about their company to the SEC and most likely you will be able to find large amounts of information on the company. Private and non-profit companies have less information published about them, you may need to speculate based on information on competitors or the industry as a whole.

Is it the headquarters or a subsidiary or division? When researching a subsidiary or division you may need to research the parent company in addition to the individual subdivision.

Local, national, or international? Determine the location of your company early in your search; this will determine which information resources will best suit your needs.

Newsworthiness – consider any big events that have occurred recently in your company. Use newspapers, magazines, and other popular publications to find out if they have hired a new CEO, produced a new product, or introduced new strategies.

Consider alternative sources of information – Government agencies, trade associations, competitors, suppliers, labor unions, or the company itself (annual reports, websites, or contacting the company and asking well-informed questions).

Company Profiles

Other Sources of Company Information