Tuesday, December 13, 2005


research opportunity

If you're looking for a topic (thesis/project/class paper) doing something on the impacts of the Paris riots and the on-going riots in Australia would be interesting. Are these unfortunate events changing the image of their destinations? This could be either a survey-based study of potential international travelers or a content analysis study examining media coverage of these events.

Thursday, December 01, 2005


Hidden risks of franchising?

It's repeatedly claimed--especially in hospitality--that franchising reduces the risk of failure. That may not be true--see this url and follow-up on "Timothy Bates, a professor at Wayne State University, studied Census Bureau data on 20,000 new enterprises and found that 38 percent of franchises failed within four years of opening their doors, vs. 32 percent of independent start-ups that went belly-up. "


If you're looking for a research topic for a class paper or for your thesis / project, this would be a great place to start.

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