Guidance on how to prepare a research proposal on: WHAT IS A GOOD BUSINESS

 

Students who wish to do their research on this topic should consider at least the following issues/questions before formulating the hypothesis or thesis they intend to confirm or prove/disprove:

 

i)                    Are business quality and management quality separable?

ii)                   Which indicators are better to assess both qualities?

iii)                 Are good industries a pre-condition for a good business?

iv)                 Is good governance synonymous with good business?

v)                  Is there a trade-off between fat margins and sales growth?

vi)                 Are monopolies better than competitive businesses?

vii)               Are cash-rich businesses better than highly leveraged businesses?

viii)              Is customer satisfaction a measure of business quality?

ix)                 Are cheap companies a good business?

x)                  Do stock markets value business quality?

 

Before you begin please check online encyclopaedias like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page and http://investopedia.com/ searching the questions above and the following key words:

Business quality, stock ratings, management efficiency, customer satisfaction, good business, business profitability, Warren Buffett, opportunity spotting.

 

Also, read the following basic references:

Business Profitability - 10 Ways To Boost

Seeing the Big Picture: The Influence of Industry, Diversification, and Business Strategy on Performance
J. L. Stimpert, Irene M. Duhaime
Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 40, No. 3 (Jun., 1997), pp. 560-583
doi:10.2307/257053
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IS PERFORMANCE DRIVEN BY INDUSTRY-. OR FIRM-SPECIFIC FACTORS? A RESPONSE. TO HAWAWINI, SUBRAMANIAN, AND VERDIN.
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After completing the above, please email to me your draft research plan with a maximum of 2 pages and the following headings:

            I Introduction

            II Description

            III Thesis

            IV Methodology