Through research, I knew that sugar was an interesting industry due to the constant change it faces from taxes on sugary beverages, subsidies on biofuel from sugar cane to laws regarding the minimum distance between sugar mills. I had access to primary data and since it is a commodity, finding secondary would not be too difficult either. One problem I faced was that there was a lot going on in this industry that I did not know how to phrase my research question and which areas to put emphasis on. After meeting my supervisor, Rob, he helped me refined my ideas and research question, as well as write a brief outline of the contents and which parts of the syllabus it corresponds to. After that meeting, I also started compiling articles to use as secondary resources to broaden the scope of my EE and constructing a questionnaire for a business analyst of one of the sugar firms in Thailand.
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