The research world is not known for being particularly physical, but word reaches Dr Mumbo of a disagreement at a Market Research Society of Singapore netball match last Wednesday.
Industry giants Ipsos and Kantar apparently went head-to-head on the pitch in the MRSS all-male game. According to Dr M’s sources, both teams had been playing well in order to reach the final of the MRSS tournament – a competition that had been running for a number of months before the big finale.
As is so often the case in business, the two big-name players – Ipsos and Kantar – had beaten smaller research agencies to qualify. But shortly after the start of the final, pushing and shoving is said to have broken out causing the female referee to blow her whistle.
Some say there were headlocks and people ending up on the floor, although neither Kantar or Ipsos would confirm this. Others say it was no more than fouls in a sporting match.
A spokesperson for the MRSS said no full statement would be released at the request of both parties involved, but admitted that there was a “minor difference of opinion between the two teams”.
However, despite the code of silence, an email to MRSS members seen by Dr M acknowledged “the incident” and stated: “Pls keep this under wrap and do not respond to any media as we’ve resolved the situation amongst both parties.”
The talk is that MRSS is going to abandon its sporting activities from now on and stick to social events. Probably for the best, researchers can be a feisty bunch it seems.