WCC Library’s business guides provide support to students in business degree programs, business classes, and anyone conducting research on business topics.
Start here to find scholarly articles, magazines and more.
Business Source Premier: Comprehensive collection of scholarly business articles including finance, management, and marketing.
Company, Industry, and Market Research Reports. Also includes Harvard Business Review.
ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry: Full-text scholarly articles and industry journals in Business.
Study and compare specific trades and industries. Browse Business Monitor International (BMI) Industry Reports, Annual Company Reports, Commodity Reports and more.
Business Reference SourcesFilmsOnDemand: Business & Economics contains documentary and educational films on a variety of business topics. Credo Topics: Business.
eLibrary: A browsable collection of multidisciplinary content. Editorially created pages provide valuable context for both common and more unusual topics of research.
Magazines & Newspapers
Provides in-depth analysis and commentary on the markets.
Reports on news, ideas and trends affecting industry and the economy for those in business management, with national and international coverage.
“Offers authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science and technology.”
“Articles, interviews, business profiles, financing, marketing, advertising and legislative news of note aimed at the small business owner or those planning to start a new or additional business.“
(FT) is one of the world’s leading business news and information organizations, recognized internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy.
“Business news and financial news. Core topics include business, technology, stock markets, personal finance, and lifestyle.”
“Fortune 500 daily & breaking business news.”
|Harvard Business Review
“Written for upper level management. Presents analysis of management problems and helpful commentary on advanced thinking and practice in all fields of management and administration.”
“Advice, tools, and services that help your small business grow.” Available in print in the library.
“Personal finance news and advice.” Available in print in the library.
|Wall Street Journal|
Many companies today have public websites that contain a lot of pertinent information and it is worthwhile to locate this important source of information.
Over 10,000 company profiles are available through MarketLine, covering the automotive, consumer, energy, financial services, healthcare and technology sectors.
Regional Business News: Comprehensive coverage of regional business publications.
Vocational & Career Collection: Trade and industry-related periodicals.
State of Washington Corporation Search From the Office of Secretary of State, this page now offers additional information, such as names of officers and directors, when you search for registered corporations.
Annual Corporate Reports
Publically Owned Companies
From the U.S. Securities and Exchange Companies [SEC], this site allows you to search more than 20 million filings from public companies. The SEC offers a quick guide to EDGAR and some fast answers about annual reports at its site. All publicly-traded companies in the U.S. must file regular financial reports with the SEC. These filings include the annual report (known as the 10-K). Note that these SEC reports sometimes contain more details than the versions companies release to shareholders.
Other places to find annual reports:
- AnnualReports.com Boasts of having the most complete and up-to-date listings of annual reports on the internet.
- Order Annual Reports Will send annual reports to your inbox.
- The Annual Reports Library On the web since December 1997
Privately Owned Companies
Are not required to make information about their financial condition public. Private companies usually do not produce annual reports which are available to the public.
So, where can you find some information about them?
The best search strategy is to look for articles in newspapers and journals, search business directories, consult trade associations, find local sources, and search the Internet for information.
Wall Street Journal: Digits “Tech news & analysis.”
Wall Street Journal: Markets “Follow the latest Wall Street Journal news on stock markets, finance, banks, hedge funds and private equity, with quotes for stocks, stock indexes and ETFs.”
Business Intelligence Blogs
Datadoodle “Wanders out on the far end of the many faces of the data industry (aka, business intelligence and other names), where technology fits over the tender and irregular human profile. That’s where interesting things happen.”
Domo: Business Intelligence & Analytics Blog “Musings, insights, and creative solutions” from the business intelligence and data visualization software company Domo.
Visual Business IntelligenceA blog by Stephen Few, “a leading expert in data visualization for sensemaking and communication.”
Wall Street Journal: The Numbers “Examines the way numbers are used, and abused.”
Macroeconomic, industry and financial market analysis, covering 24 industries and 200 global markets
Business Source Premier: Comprehensive collection of scholarly business articles including finance, management, and marketing.
- Industry Reports
- Company Profiles
- Country Reports
- Market Research Reports
Browse by company, industry, or date
Quarterly industry reports
From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Industry Classification Codes
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Manual (via U. S. Census Bureau) “The standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.” More info in Census Bureau FAQ.
Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Code Manual (via U. S. Department of Labor) An older classification system replaced by NAICS in 1997. “There will be no further revisions of the SIC, which was last updated in 1987. It is possible that other organizations and state and local agencies are continuing to use the SIC for their own purposes, but these non-statistical uses are outside the scope of the Federal economic statistical programs.” Quote from Census Bureau FAQ.
NAICS / SIC Codes Look-up and Conversion Table Convert NAICS to SIC or vice versa. The code manual sites above have search features, but no conversion.
Grants & Funding
Business (Corporate) Ethics
Business ethics (also known as corporate ethics) is a form of applied ethics or professional ethics that examines ethical principles and moral or ethical problems that arise in a business environment. It applies to all aspects of business conduct and is relevant to the conduct of individuals and business organizations as a whole. Applied ethics is a field of ethics that deals with ethical questions in many fields such as medical, technical, legal and business ethics. (Tawanda Vaughan from Business Ethics)
Good Corporation, Bad Corporation: Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Economy provides an innovative, internationally-oriented approach to the teaching of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and business ethics. Drawing on case studies involving companies and countries around the world, the textbook explores the social, ethical and business dynamics underlying CSR (from OpenSuny). Full Text.
Examples of Scholarly Journals
Journal of Business Ethics
“Original articles and reviews concerning ethical issues related to business, and analyses of systems of production, consumption, marketing, advertising, social and economic accounting, public relations and organizational behavior from a moral viewpoint.” Full Text Nov 1987 – present.
Journal of Corporate Citizenship
“Aims to publish ideas integrating the theory & practice of corporate responsibility in a format that is readable, accessible, engaging & useful for readers in business & academia.” 1 year embargo
Educational Films (streaming)
Gender Inequality (10:21)
Talks about how gender equality at the highest levels benefits companies, how they can achieve this balance, and how women can push for higher positions.
Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely on Lies, Cheating, and Creativity (7:14)
” An individual’s penchant for cheating, Ariely says, is determined by the balance between two conflicting desires: wanting to gain an edge versus not thinking of oneself as immoral.”
League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis (1:55:35)
This FRONTLINE investigation details how, for years, the league denied and worked to refute scientific evidence that the violent collisions at the heart of the game are linked to an alarming incidence of early onset dementia, catastrophic brain damage, and CTE.
Ethics Resource Center (ERC)
An 88-year old nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to independent research that advances high ethical standards and practices in public and private institutions, ERC is the home of the biennial National Business Ethics Survey, the most exacting longitudinal research effort examining organizational ethics from the employee perspective.
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
An independent, international nonprofit organization which features information on over 4,000 companies, more than 180 countries, and hundreds of issues and topics. The website provides links to thousands of publications, reports, and guides, including reports of corporate misconduct as well as extensive lists of related sites
Eldis: Ethical Business publications
Eldis provides news, reports and information on international development issues and maintains an excellent resource guide on corporate responsibility. Eldis, formerly the Electronic Development and Environment Information System, is one of a family of knowledge services from the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex (UK).
Corporate Social Responsibility: An Implementation Guide for Business [PDF]
A 115-page guide from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (2007)
The Ethical Enterprise: Doing the Right Things in the Right Ways Today and Tomorrow [PDF]
A global study of business ethics 2005-2015 in the form of an 87 page report from the American Management Association (2006).
International Labour Organization- Themes
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues.
United Nations Global Compact
A strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.
An ethics blog written by Chris MacDonald at St. Mary’s University in Halifax and is a Senior Fellow at Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics – here is the latest news:
- The President, the Artist Son, and the Pursuit of Improper Influence
- Is a Boycott an Act of Violence?
- Restaurant Delivery: Is it Ethical to Use Uber Eats and DoorDash?
- Corporate Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic
- Why It’s Essential to Treat Corporations as Persons, Except When It’s Not
Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate social responsibility (“CSR” for short, and also called corporate conscience, citizenship, social performance, or sustainable responsible business) is a form of corporate self-regulation integrated into a business model. CSR policy functions as a built-in, self-regulating mechanism whereby business monitors and ensures its active compliance with the spirit of the law, ethical standards, and international norms. The goal is embrace responsibility for, an encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere. Furthermore, CSR-focused businesses would proactively promote the public interest by encouraging community growth and development, and voluntarily eliminating practices that harm the public sphere, regardless of legality. CSR is the deliberate inclusion of public interest into corporate decision-making, and the honouring of a triple bottom line: people, planet, profit. (Excerpt from Tawanda Vaughan’s Business Ethics, 2012)
- The A to Z of Corporate Social Responsibility
- Corporate Social Responsibility, Governance and Corporate Reputation
- A Handbook of Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
“single-volume guide to the relationship between good governance and social responsibility and the reality of managing both.”
- Reframing Corporate Social Responsibility : Lessons From the Global Financial Crisis
- Green Supply Chain Management
- Sustainable Economy : Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility
The Responsibility Revolution (47:06)
Today’s corporate leaders increasingly recognize that doing good is good for business. But how does innovation fit into the 21st-century framework of social and global responsibility? This program looks at green business practices and management as springboards for achievement and profit.
The New CSR: Collaborative Social Responsibility (45:30)
“If a company searches out connections with other organizations, it will likely achieve greater awareness of its role in society—and that benefits everyone. This CNBC program offers fascinating examples, from partnering with non-profits to assisting with medical outreach to helping create sustainable supply chains.”
TED Talks: Social Good, Inc. Businesses have the resources to make contributions to the collective good. Here, TED Talks on what can happen when corporations make saving the environment and helping people a priority, plus talks on how business principles might even be more effective for creating change than non-profit models.
A leading source of CSR and sustainability news, reports, events and information is Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire (CSRwire):
Be sure to take advantage of the library’s access to Harvard Business Review, one of the most important management magazines.
Business audiobooks can be a great way to learn on the go or anytime its convenient for you. Download them to your favorite device. Maters of Scale with Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn) an original podcast focusing on how companies grow from zero to a gazillion. Masters of Scale is the first American media program to commit to a 50-50 gender balance for guests. Harvard Business Review IdeaCast
AMA Dictionary of Business and Management (via Credo Reference)
Management, by Peter F. Drucker (via print Stacks HD 31 .D773 2008)
The Management Gurus: Lessons From the Best Management Books of all Time (via print Stacks HD 31 .M29238 2008)
My Secret Life on the McJob: Lessons From Behind the Counter Guaranteed to Supersize Any Management Style (via print Stacks HD 31 .N4595 2007)
- Academy of Management (AOM)
A scholarly management association.
Managed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) this site is “The Official Business Link to the U.S. Government”. A number of business guides and links to state and local resources are provided.
- Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge (Leadership and Management)
HBS Working Knowledge site includes a number of business topic sections including Leadership and Management. Articles for practitioners are highlighted; working papers and podcasts are available. Searches can be made by topic or by industry. The “First Look” section gives readers a weekly post summarizing new case studies, working papers and other publications.
- The Peter F. Drucker Institute
Includes a collection of articles and media by or about management pioneer Peter Drucker.
- Bain & Company Insights: Management Tools & Trends
- “Manage by Walking Around” by Jonathan Becher.
- Your Ears Must Be Burning
- We Need To Learn To Listen
- Are The Young Really More Narcissistic?
- Maybe We All Cheat A Little Bit
- Don’t Skate To Where The Puck Is Going
Research with Scholarly Journals
Scholarly JournalsA scholarly journal article can often use very technical language. Here are some examples of scholarly journals focused on issues of management in business.
Academy of Management Journal
“Original articles and research notes that develop, test or advance management theory and practice.”
Academy of Management Perspectives
“Provides accessible articles about important issues concerning management & business.”
Academy of Management Review
“Articles selected through anonymous review, reviews, syntheses, applications and critiques focused on organizational and management theory aimed at members of the Academy of Management.”
California Management Review
“Focused on bridging communication between those who study management and those who practice it.”
International Journal of Business and Management
“An international, double-blind peer-reviewed, open-access journal published by the Canadian Center of Science and Education on the following topics: corporate governance, human resource management, strategic management, entrepreneurship, marketing, e-business, services, information technology management, etc.”
Journal of Management Studies
“Refereed articles that advance knowledge and address practice in the areas of organization theory, strategic management and human resource management aimed at managers and academics.”
“Articles of either practice or theory of information management of use for managerial purposes and the management of information technology for both academics and those applying information systems to organizational problems.”
MIT Sloan Management Review
“Business journal that evaluates and reports on new research to help readers identify and understand significant trends in management.”
Open Journal of Business and Management
An “international journal [the goal of which is] to provide a platform for scientists and academicians all over the world to promote, share, and discuss various new issues and developments in different areas of business and management.”
Business Case Studies
From Portland State University – A collection of award-winning cases on social entrepreneurship and sustainability written by Portland State University faculty, staff, and students.
Key scholarly journals
Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice
“Current research, educational techniques, features on government policy, book reviews and announcements for members of the US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.”
Administrative Science Quarterly
“Articles that advance understanding, address administration or have mutual relevance for empirical investigation and theoretical analysis that advance the understanding of administration.”
Business Law & Education
American Business Law Journal
“Original manuscripts, commentary and review essays on all aspects of business law published for members of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.”
American Journal of Business Education
“Publishes papers that significantly contribute to the understanding of the science and practice of business pedagogy. … Articles may include but are not limited to teaching business topics to adult students, non-English speaking students, non-computer literate students, and distance education students.”
British Journal of Industrial Relations (1 yr embargo)
“A journal of work and employment relations, with a focus on the institutions, processes, and practices associated with these relations and their implications for matters of economy and society”
Human Resources Management Review
“Devoted to the publication of conceptual and theoretical articles pertaining to human resource management and allied fields. Focus on the central issues of human resource management.”
International Labour Review
“Feature articles, news briefs, conference reports and proceedings, comparative studies and surveys, statistical reference books, codes of practice and educational books in subjects of interest to members of the International Labour Organization.”
Marketing & Tourism & Consumer Research
Journal of Marketing
“Publishes articles selected by blind review judged on their contributions to the advancement of the science and/or practice of marketing that provide new insights, new ideas or new empirical results.”
Journal of Consumer Research
“An interdisciplinary journal focusing on all aspects of consumer education.”
Journal of Tourism Futures
A free online tourism journal started in 2015.
Journal of Marketing Research
“Written for technically oriented professional market researchers and academicians. Articles cover concepts, methods, & applications of marketing research, as well as reviews and comments relating to the research industry and its practices.”