03558 - Market Research Analysis

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Responsible consumption and production

Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

Any field which is subject to systematic inquiry can be characterized by: a) content - what the researcher attempts to study; b) method - the conceptual basis or strategy of inquiry; and c) techniques - the procedures or tactics by which the strategy is implemented. The main motivation for this course has arisen from the awareness that market research analysis has now reached a stage of development where traditional methods and statistical techniques require synthesis and extension. With respect to method, the unifying concept of the course is that market research analysis is a cost-incurring activity whose output is information of potential value for management decision. With respect to technique, the course emphasizes the place of modern analytical tools, such as multivariate statistical analysis, in the design and conduct of marketing research.

Course contents

1. Sampling surveys and polls. Nonprobability sampling procedures. Probability sampling designs. Decisions concerning what size sample to take. Evaluation of sampling error. Control procedures of nonsampling errors. 2. Consumption and buying behaviours analysis models. Statistical sources and consumption classification schemes. Empirical analysis of primary demand. Buying behaviours determinants. Purchase incidence, repeat-buying and brand loyalty indicators. 3. Measurement of advertising response. Audiences evaluation methods. Media selection and scheduling. Different effects of advertising. Modelling the sales and market-share effects of advertising.


S. Brasini, M. Freo, F. Tassinari e G. Tassinari, Marketing e pubblicità. Metodi di analisi statistica, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2010.

Teaching methods


Assessment methods

The exam is aimed at evaluating the skills and the critical abilities developed by the students. The verification takes place through an oral examination of the duration of 30 minutes. During the exam the students answer to 5 questions. It's possible to agree to carry out an optional partial test. Registration for the exam is compulsory, and students have to register through AlmaEsami platform according to the general rules of the University of Bologna. The mark is out of 30 points, and the minimum required to pass the exam is 18/30.

Teaching tools

Video-projector and pc

Office hours

See the website of Sergio Brasini