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The initial purpose of Dr. Lawrence's research was to quantify businesses as urban cultural icons. She then identified the six dimensions while she was formatting Guttman scale to measure brick and mortar businesses as urban cultural icons. Dr. Lawrence's research of businesses as urban cultural icons uses all six dimensions with:
  • Time measured as years a business was open.
  • Transactions measured as verbal, countertop, or conveyor belt.
  • Entity is the type of business using Sarlo's (1992, 2001, 2006a, 2006b) categorizing of human needs.
  • Place measured using DeMers (2002) and Lo and Yeung (2002) GIS terminology plus cell division.
  • Constants were: Theming and Product Line Extension.
  • Human was measured as level of vice being sold.
Cases range from old to new, single-store to multi-national businesses. Secondary testing supports the dimensions are not overlapping. The oldest currently-viable business is Tehran's Grand Bazaar which opened in approximately 1600 BCE. Foss Drugs is a single-store location, and Chevrolet is a multi-national business.

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Book Updates, Business Cases, Research Methods & Theory

Book Updates and Upcoming Events

Many versions of the book such as hardback, paperback, and ebook are en process with the first book version being paperback.    

Paperback version of Our Six Dimensions can be purchased from Amazon. I am converting Our Six Dimensions into Ebook format and charts plus figures in the manuscript are making Ebook conversion a real test to overcome. When new book versions become available updates will be posted and information sent through newsletter.

Research Topics Discussed

I did not expect my research of measuring businesses as urban cultural icons to expand into identifying and testing six dimensions, plus formatting templates sequencing the dimensions. There are 178 references and thinking about it since all 349 research cases for the six dimensions contained Human and Entity, with Time, Transactions, Place, and Constants as candidates for inclusion I am hesitant to suggest many more references could have been used to support the six dimensions. 

Research Methods

Multiple research methods were used: Stratified Proportionate Sampling, Qualitative observations, and statistical analysis.

The Urban Side of Things

Business Cases Used in Measuring Businesses as Urban Cultural Icons

The data set used in measuring businesses as urban cultural icons included 58 businesses. Listed below are links of some business cases: Morning CallBrocato'sDorignac's GroceryJudice InnPJ's CoffeeNisiyama Onsen Keinunkan HotelBingley ArmsBrookville HotelCheever's CafeBud's BroilersIrma HotelTaco CabanaKing Sooper's GroceryAlbertson'sWhataBurgerCafe du MondeCVS PharmacySonic Drive InDillard's Department StoreWalgreen'sTaco BellBaskin RobbinsLa Quinta InnsSuper CutsHome DepotWhole FoodsMarriott HotelsApplebee'sMcDonald'sBurger KingWal-MartCinemark Theaters, and Starbucks.

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Dr. Stephanie Lawrence

About Dr. Lawrence

Dr. Stephanie Lawrence is the Subject Matter Expert on the Six Dimensions. Her background is BS and MA in Sociology plus PhD in Urban Studies. She has published and presented research and theories at conferences, workshops and lectures.

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My background is sociology and urban studies. I was a PhD candidate beginning to format my research to measure businesses as urban cultural icons and Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Around that time I saw the dimensions for the first time and I stared in dis-belief. We had evacuated to Tomball TX and returned home on weekends to remove damaged carpeting, flooring, appliances, and drywall. Our house damage was nothing compared to New Orleans metropolitan service area damage. 

When I saw the damage to New Orleans, I expanded my research focus from New Orleans brick and mortar businesses to include U.S.-based brick and mortar businesses. I received my PhD and set about figuring out the research methods to use to test for the six dimensions. I also saw my U.S.-based dissertation data set was limited to businesses started in 1776 and later. So I expanding my urban icons data set to include older international cases. The six dimensions plus expanded urban data set are supported and I continue to be amazed with the dimensions. 

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