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A must-have reference resource for qualitative management researchers, this dictionary contains over 90 entries covering the fundamentals of qualitative methodologies; covering both analysis and implementation. Each entry gives an introduction to the topic, lists the key relevant features, gives a worked example, a concise summary and a selection of further reading suggestions. It is suitable for researchers and academics who need a handy and quick point of reference.

Geographical Information Systems
Geographical information systems

Geographical information systems (GIS) are software packages based on a crossing of digitalized cartography and relational databases. Many marketing applications face complex decision processes that involve a great variety and volume of information, in addition to an important subjective component. In such cases, spatial analysis and visualization methods, as provided by GIS technologies, are extremely useful.

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A GIS is a system that is able to efficiently capture, store, check, update, manipulate, analyse and display all forms of geographically referenced (or georeferenced) information. It combines layers of information about a location to give the user a better understanding of that location (Grimshaw, 1999). Traditionally, GIS have been used to help solve problems in the environment domain. However, marketing decisions and their outcomes ...

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