Course Goal: To enable students to apply a wide range of qualitative marketing research techniques for more distinctive and competitive marketing.
Course Content: This course provides an in-depth introduction to qualitative marketing research methods as a basis for competitive marketing strategies and execution. We will situate qualitative research within the larger marketing research toolkit by reviewing the strengths and limitations of qualitative v. quantitative research. Students will learn how to craft respondent screeners, research proposals, and conduct qualitative research first-hand. We will cover a wide range of qualitative research methods in detail, including focus groups, in-depth one-on-one interviews, interactional research, and ethnography, looking at ways these techniques can be executed F2F, online, and otherwise. The course will draw on methods and theory from “classic” marketing research, along with valuable methodological and analytic approaches from anthropology, psychology, sociology, phenomenology, and semiotics. Students will gain first-hand field experience with the techniques and theory covered in this course.
Lecturer in Business
Robert J. Morais has experience as a marketing researcher, advertising executive, business owner, and business anthropologist, and has published widely in both academic and business venues. He began his career at Grey Advertising and spent 25 years with advertising agencies, rising to Chief Strategic Officer. In 2006, he became a Principal at the marketing research firm Weinman Schnee Morais, serving in that position for over...