A Note on the Use of Marketing Research by Small Businesses

Mark C. Hall

Abstract


There  is no question  that timely  and accurate information  is as valuable  to small business decision makers as it is  to decision makers in large organizations. Interestingly though, evidence exists that small businesses make little use of (Oumlil, 1989; Hall, Anglin,  and Elliott, 1997; McDaniel and Parasuraman, 1986), and place limited value on (Brush, 1992; Callahan and Cassar, 1995), marketing research -- the very discipline capable of providing this valuable information.


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