The American Customer Satisfaction Index is a national economic indicator of customer evaluations of the quality of products and services available to household consumers in the United States. It is updated each quarter with new measures for different sectors of the economy replacing data from the prior year. The overall ACSI score for a given quarter factors in scores from about 200 companies in 43 industries and from government agencies over the previous four quarters. The Index is produced by the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in partnership with the American Society for Quality and CFI Group, and is supported in part by ForeSee Results, corporate sponsor for the e-commerce and e-business measurements.
American FactFinder is an online source of U.S. Census information created by the United States Census Bureau. Data provided include population, housing, economic, and geographic information from the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Island Areas.
A guide compiled by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh that "lists types of small businesses and a corresponding sample business plan, profile or book about the business with sources provided after each entry." Links are provided to many free online plans. Print resources identified are those housed in the Carnegie Library, but that may also be available at Hekman.
Extensive full-text database combining scholarly journals, trade publications, dissertations, working papers, market reports, newspapers, and other sources relevant to research in business and economics.
Considered one of the most useful and widely read business news magazines covering business trends and developments in management, markets, industries, companies, international business, regions, the environment, government, etc.
Comprehensive business and demographic information valuable to assess business viability, create sales leads and marketing mailing lists, complete location analyses and business plans, analyze population trends, find potential sponsors and donors, and more.
While not a scholarly journal, The Economist is acknowledged as one of the most important international periodicals, covering all economies around the world, and is monitoried by anyone involved in international business.
EDGAR: SEC Filings and Forms provides extensive and reliable full text information about companies required by law to file forms with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including financial performance, acquisitions, and major business initiatives.
This 2 volume work edited by Steven G. Rogelberg and published by Sage, provides extensive coverage or I/O pscyhology, including many areas of interest to Human Resources and Organizational Development professionals, including subject like Job Performance Models, Organizational Behavior , and Employee Assistance Programs. Each essay is signed and includes a bibliography for futher reading. A good place to get acquainted with core concepts.
This business and management monthly, known perhaps best for its Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 surveys, contains thoroughly researched and interestingly written articles covering companies, executives, economic and financial “problems,” industries, cities, new products and technological developments.
Gale Directory Library allows users to perform searches in authoritative directories on companies, publishers, associations, and more. Directory content, however, is not current. Most current data is from 2013 (Business Rankings Annual).
General Business File ASAP provides complete bibliographic information, abstracts or contents to English language articles from trade and academic publications from around the world. Includes analysis of company performance and activity, industry events and trends.
U. S. International Trade Commission. -- Each commodity/industry report contains information on product uses, U.S. and foreign producers, customs treatment, and factors affecting trends in consumption, production, trade and competitiveness of U.S. industries in domestic and foreign markets.
Contains more than 2,000 entries for 511 NAICS (formerly SIC) codes, covering corporate, brand, product, service and commodity market shares for both the private and public sectors. This is a source for competitive analysis, but information should be verified with other, more primary sources (like annual reports).
Mintel market research reports on the behaviors and lifestyles of major consumer groups including purchasing motivations and product/brand preferences. Industry reports include market conditions like market size, market segmentation, brand share, forecasts and trends. Coverage is US.
RIA Checkpoint is an important accounting resource, delivering comprehensive tax and accounting content from leading industry experts like RIA, WG&L, IBFD, EBIA and more. It also integrates content with additional tools.
The U.S. International Trade Commission is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that provides trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices, such as patent, trademark, and copyright infringement.