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Management 2230

You will be asked to find articles to support your answers in this class. Here are some hints to better searching for articles.

Best databases to start with:

Academic OneFile
Huge database. Has articles from both magazines, newspapers and trade journals.

Wall Street Journal
This is THE business newspaper. Published daily. Great source for small articles about specific companies or issues in logistics.

Business Source Complete
Biggest business focused database we have. Source for articles and reports on business and companies. To avoid being overwhelmed, use the refine buttons on the left hand side to find articles that are full-text or from a particular source.

Hints for better searching:

"Different words different results."

Instead of just searching "supply disruption" try these words and phrases. Combining words will also help with searches that produce too many results.

supply management
supply chains
procurement
suppliers
supply and demand
automobile supplies industry
shipments
shortages
supply chain management
business logistics
inventory control
distribution channels

Other examples:

"business logistics and grocery"
"suppliers and automotive"
"coffee industry and suppliers"

Citing your sources:

Not only will you include information from the articles either in direct quotes or paraphrased form, you are also expected to create an MLA based citation. Examples of how that looks are here. If citing is new to you, make an appointment with a writing coach in the Learning Commons for more help. It can make a difference in the quality of your work.

Management 2210

Managers and Their Environment - A Research Guide

Part I and II - Industry and Company Environmental Analysis

Task: Conduct a SWOT analysis for each of your two companies. What are you firm's key internal strengths and weaknesses? What are their major external opportunities and threats?

  • Business Source Complete
    This database contains SWOTs for select large, public companies.
  • Mergent Intellect
    This database does not have SWOT analyses, but content in the "trends" and "opportunities" section of the company's profile can be helpful in developing your own SWOT.
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center
  • Each profile has a tab for "Stock Analysis". Read these for content that you can use to develop your own SWOT.

Part III - Analysis of Today's Key Issues

Task: Discuss the key issues facing your company today.

Use Business Source Complete and Wall Street Journal to find articles and news stories about their management and leadership. I recommend using the CEO's name and/or the name of the company in your search.

Part IV - Resource Evaluation

Task: Cite your sources. Explain why you used each resource in 2-3 sentences below each citation. Use the Library's citing sources page for examples and criteria for evaluating.

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Management 2215

The Library has many resources to help you with your leadership project. Search the Library Catalog to find books and videos on leadership as well as biographies of leaders. Below are frequently used sources:

Getting started:

Books are great sources for identifying leaders in any field. Below are some titles to consider looking at before you decide on a person to research.

Encyclopedia of Leadership
Reference HD 57.7 .E53 2004
Award winning, comprehensive 4-volume encyclopedia contains biographies, case studies, and articles about leadership styles, gender issues, theories and concepts, leadership in different disciplines and environments, personality characteristics, power, and situational factors. Don't let its publication date scare you away. The set is still being published.

Icons of Business: An Encyclopedia of Mavericks, Movers, and Shakers
Reference HC 102.5 .A2 D74
Great source to identify leaders in various industries.

Bad Leadership: What it is, How it happens, Why it Matters
General HD57.7 .K47 2004

Why Should Anyone be Led by You?: What it Takes to be an Authentic Leader
General HD57.7 .G663 2006

In Their Time: The Greatest Business Leaders of the Twentieth Century

General HD38.25.U6 M34 2005

What Makes Great Leaders Great : Management Lessons From Icons Who Changed the World by Frank Arnold
General HD57.7 .A765 2012

How to find recent articles on leadership topics:

For this project, you will be including what others have said about your person and their style of leadership. A simple Google search may identify blogs and YouTube content in which others have made comment about that person, but don't rely just on what you find through "Googling". To have a more balanced view of your leader, obtain articles that have been published by a magazine, newspaper or journal. These articles are often more credible because they go through an editorial process. In some cases, they will also share their sources so that you can evaluate the level of research the authors conducted. What databases are best? I suggest seeing what the Wall Street Journal, THE daily financial newspaper, has on your person. I would also try Business Source Complete for sources. This a HUGE database that has articles from all kinds of recent publications. Academic OneFile is another favorite of mine.

Tips for better searches:

Finding articles that will analyze one person is hard to find. Using the person's name as part of the search can usually help you. Another option is to search by industry.

For example:
Bill Gates and leadership
"software industry" and leadership

Other words to try:

leadership
leaders
style
personal narratives
practice
training
communication
management

Citing your sources:

Not only will you include information from the articles either in direct quotes or paraphrased form, you are also expected to create an MLA based citation. Examples of how that looks are here. If citing is new to you, make an appointment with a writing coach in the Learning Commons for more help. It can make a difference in the quality of your work.

Business 1100

Image courtesy of adamr at FreeDigitalPhotos.netIn this class, there is often a research assignment in which you choose a public company to research. The assignment varies by instructor, but below are areas that are commonly asked for in the assignment.

How to find a public company:

This is an easy one, but one that some students get stuck on. Often, students choose companies that are big, but still privately held. In other cases, they search the brand name rather than the company name. Forbes publishes a list of the world's biggest public companies. Another comprehensive list is available on Investor Guide. Already have a company? Confirm that it is still public by obtaining its ticker symbol. Having this information will help you search for information about the company.

How to find company information:

History, financials, competitors, and CEO information is often requested in this assignment. Many times, this information can be found on the company's website. However, this assignment often requests that you cite from many different sources. Let me suggest that you use the following as well:

Mergent Intellect
Start here. Search by company name and obtain its profile. There are links to competitor lists, "First Research" industry reports, historical financials and even salary information for key employees.

Morningstar Investment Research Center
If you want financials or analysis, this is the database for you. Searchable by company name or ticker symbol. Look for the tab, "stock analysis" in your company's profile. You will appreciate the bulleted lists of bull and bear analysis points.

How to find recent articles about your company:

In "telling your company's story", you should include recent events as well. Companies will issue press releases all the time, but don't rely just on what you find through "Googling". To have a more balanced view of your company, obtain articles that have been published by a magazine, newspaper or journal. These articles are often more credible because they go through an editorial process. I suggest seeing what the Wall Street Journal, THE daily financial newspaper, has on your company. I would also try Business Source Complete for sources. This a HUGE database that has articles from magazines, but also SWOTs for many large public companies.

How to find the annual report:

This is easy. Find the company's website and look for a link to either "Investor Information", "Investor Relations" or "About Us". These seem to be the most common links on company websites to places where they will keep the annual reports for the company. Not sure if you have it? Mergent Intellect, Morningstar Investment Research Center and Yahoo Finance will offer links to the "official" websites of the companies.

How to find stock prices:

Need historical balance sheet information? Try Mergent Intellect. It has historical financials in each profile. If you don't see them, you have either chosen the wrong profile for the company or your company is not public at this time. Need daily stock prices for the last 15 weeks? Yahoo Finance offers that information. Search with the ticker symbol and look for the link "historical prices" on the left hand side. You can even find out the cost of the first share of its stock.

Citing your sources:

Not only will you include information from the articles either in direct quotes or paraphrased form, you are also expected to create an MLA based citation. Examples of how that looks are here. If citing is new to you, make an appointment with a writing coach in the Learning Commons for more help. It can make a difference in the quality of your work.

Business 1111

You will be asked to find articles to support your answers in this class. Here are some hints to better searching for articles.

Best databases to start with:

Academic OneFile
Huge database. Has articles from both magazines, journals and trade journals.

Wall Street Journal
This is THE business newspaper. Published daily. Great source for small articles about specific companies.

Business Source Complete
Biggest business focused database we have. Source for articles and reports on business and companies. To avoid being overwhelmed, use the refine buttons on the left hand side to find articles that are full-text or from a particular source.

Hints for better searching:

"Different words different results."

Instead of just searching "customer service" try these words and phrases. Combining words will also help with searches that produce too many results.

customer
customer relations
smiles
negative impressions
body language
body stance
satisfaction
turnoffs
improve
customer defection
loyalty
rewards programs
nonverbal communication
body piercing
phone training
new employee training
continuous improvement
social media
facebook
twitter

Citing your sources:

Not only will you include information from the articles either in direct quotes or paraphrased form, you are also expected to create an MLA based citation. If citing is new to you, make an appointment with a writing coach in the Learning Commons for more help. It can make a difference in the quality of your work.

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