Resources for Business & Management

Business & Management (General)

Academy of Management (US)

British Library Management & Business Studies Portal

References to books, journal articles, reports, websites, datasets, sound recordings, videos, theses and other resources from the British Library's collections. Some full text materials available - mostly open access working papers and other reports. Research alerting service. The BLs guide to Management & Business Studies Datasets is particularly useful

Business and knowledge management website.

British Academy of Management (BAM)

Business Microdata

Detailed data for UK businesses, available through the UK Data Service

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK)

Chartered Management Institute (UK)

Economist.Com (Library Database) & Economist Historical Archive (Library Database)

Website of the Economist magazine with articles from 1997 & much additional material. The Economist Historical Archive offers the full text of all articles from 1843 onwards.

European Foundation for Management Development

Network linking business & academia especially in the field of management education

FT.Com (Library Database) & FT Historical Archive (Library Database)

FT.Com website offers a 5 year archive of articles from the Financial Times, plus lots more web only content. Register
for access. The FT Historical Archive has the full text of articles right back to 1888.


Business and financial news and statistics.


Business and financial news and statistics.

Institute of Leadership & Management (UK)

Institute of Management Services (UK)

Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) (UK)

A UK academic organisation, publishes the Journal of management studies

Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (SCOS)

Network of scholars interested in this area. Website gives access to the SCOS newsletter Noteworks, plus some conference proceedings. The SCOS journal - Culture and Organization - is held by the Library

Strategy as Practice

Online academic forum for those concerned with all aspects of strategy

Business History

Business Archives Council

UK organisation formed in 1934 to promote the preservation of business records of historical importance

Guide to business history resources

Invaluable aid, especially for US business history. Compiled by the Business section of the Library of Congress.

Henley Business School (Reading University). Centre for International Business History

The University of Reading holds many important international business archives.

 National Archives
The national archive of the UK, covers all areas including business.

Individual companies

Companies offering good digitised resources for studying diverse aspects of business history, industrial relations, etc., include:


Business Schools & Libraries. BUSINESS EDUCATION

British Library Business & IP Centre

The BL is the national library. Students & staff can apply for a reader's pass which also enables free access to a wide range of databases. The Business & IP Centre provides help and resources to growing businesses.

Chartered Association of Business Schools

Consortium of UK business schools. Produces ethics guide, academic journals guide, etc.

City Business Library

Library run by the Corporation of London, freely accessible to the public and offering access to a wide range of printed resources and databases

Essex Business School

Past masters' dissertations are held in digitised form on Moodle (access for EBS students only)

Financial Times Business School Rankings

Harvard Business School


Major European business school based in Paris.

London Business School

The LBS Library permits borrowing by PhD students who have a SCONUL Access card. Taught postgraduate students are permitted access for reference only during the summer vacation. There is no access to LBS electronic resources. For details see the LBS Library webpage.

Mooc Tracker

Handy compilation of free quality Moocs (massive open online courses) from the FT, covers many interesting areas of business, finance,management & marketing


The Library does not subscribe to any specialist collections devoted to case studies, but you can find relevant case studies from among the
resources listed below.

1. Library catalogue (Encore) – type in your keyword(s) and case stud*

The library catalogue also links to a few specialist journals offering case studies, such as:

Business case journal

Asian case research journal 

South Asian journal of business & management cases

2. Business databases

Some academic & practitioner journals also provide case studies,and these are indexed in various library databases which you can
accessed here. The more useful databases for this purpose are listed below. Search using your keyword(s) and "case study" or "case studies".

Business Source Ultimate - please note, not all the cases on BSU are available as full text, but there is a good selection, including many from Harvard Business School

SAGE Research Methods

Both these databases have the option to select the case study box to narrow down the search.

Emerald and ScienceDirect also have various case studies drawn from the journal literature. Please note - the Library does not subscribe
to the case study module on Emerald

FT.Com - some case studies (up to 2014). Enter case studies in the search box for a list of them.

Mintel and Passport

These two market analysis databases are useful if you are looking at particular consumer sectors or case studies of particular companies.

3. Free sources

The Case Centre has some free cases available    

Times 100 business case studies

Journal of case research in business & economics - please note, publication ceased in 2014

Corporate Governance. BUSINESS ETHICS

Association for Accountancy and Business Affairs (AABA)

An independent organisation working for openness, accountability and justice in accounting and business matters.


Netherlands based team researching & mapping global networks of corporate control

Corporate Prosecution Registry

Search & download federal prosecutions against corporations 1990-

Corporate Reform Manifesto

Progressive stance by the Corporate Reform Collective

Corporate Watch

UK based organisation taking a critical view of corporate power

European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

International non-profit association. We provide a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners

GMI (Governance Metrics International)

Independent firm involved in assessments of corporate governance world wide

Institute of Business Ethics 

UK business led organisation aiming to promote good practice in this area by companies

International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN)

Global organisation of over 500 leaders in corporate governance based in 50 countries with a mission to raise standards of corporate governance worldwide

Norton Rose Fulbright UK Corporate Governance Portal

Designed to assist UK listed companies in keeping up to date with the latest developments, rules and guidance

OECD Corporate Governance

Information & publications from the OECD

Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility


Think tank advising on corporate responsibility, sustainability & accountability

Business in the Community CR Index

Effort to measure UK companies corporate responsibility (data from2012-)

Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes

Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes are the first global indexes tracking the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. N.B. Most DJSI data is only available through subscription (the University does not subscribe)

Global Reporting Initiative

Network-based organization that produces a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework that is widely used around the world. GRI’s core goals include the mainstreaming of disclosure on environmental, social and governance performance

Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation

UN Global Compact

UN led initiative to encourage CSR in the fields of labour, human rights, environment & anti-corruption

WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development)

Global association of over 200 businesses, providing a corporate perspective on sustainable development. Numerous free publications on its website


Arts & Humanities Research Council

Knowledge exchange hubs for the creative economy

Creative & Digital Industries

From the CBI

Creative Economy

from the British Council

DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates

Official UK government figures on the contribution of DCMS Sectors (including Creative Industries) to the UK economy. For past statistics visit  Creative Industries Economic Estimates

European Audiovisual Observatory

Set up in 1992 to monitor developments in the TV, film and broadcasting industries in Europe

March of the modern makers

IPPR report an industrial strategy for the creative industries



Edenred-IPSOS Barometer

Carries annual surveys of the perceptions & expectations of employees in selected countries around the world. Some free material

ICTWSS (Institutional Characteristics of Trade Unions, Wage Setting, State Intervention and Social Pacts)

Detailed database compiled by the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS). Covers 51 countries from 1960-2014 on key elements of modern political economies: trade unionism, wage setting, state intervention and social pacts. The database contains annual data for all OECD and EU member states and some emerging economies Brazil; China; India; Indonesia; Russia; and South Africa.

International Labour Organization

Especially the ILO Labordoc which contains references to a wide range of print and electronic publications from around the world, and ILOSTAT for statistical data

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

International association of labour organisations, produces research & publications such as its annual Global Rights Index

Online Labour Index

Interesting attempt by Oxford University to provide data on demand for digital labour

UNI (Union Network International)

Represents over 20 million workers in the skills & services sectors


Eurofound (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living & Working Conditions)

EU agency established in 1975 to improve living and working conditions in partnership with governments, employers, trade unions. Useful survey material, especially European Company Survey and European Working Conditions Survey. Also Industrial Relations Country Profiles

European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO)

An EU project running since 1997. Includes a database of news & reports

European Trade Union Confederation


Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development

The UK professional organisation for HR. The CIPD survey reports are a useful series on topics of interest, and most are freely accessible (registration required)

Employment Relations Research Reports

Major series of reports, policies and publications from the Dept. of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Health and Safety Executive

Government quango, has useful statistics & reports relating to mental (stress, depression, etc.) and physical injuries at work

Health at Work

Special report from the FT

Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU)

Researches all aspects of graduate employment

Industrial Relations Research Unit (Warwick University)

Major centre for the study of industrial relations. Full text of Warwick papers in IR series available and the online textbook Employment relations matters.

Institute for Employment Studies

Ministry of Justice Employment Tribunal Statistics

Summary statistics for the UK

Trades Union Congress

Federation representing 6.5 million unionised workers in the UK. See also the employers' federation - Confederation of British Industry and the conciliation service ACAS

Work Foundation

Research unit based at Lancaster University, free access to many publications and its Data Lab

Working Families

Organisation supporting a better work-life balance in the UK

Work-Life Balance Survey

Periodic survey that was conducted by the previous Dept. for Business, Innovation & Skills, as well as the 2000 Baseline study. Data for all surveys to date is easily searchable within the UK Data Archive

Workplace Employment Relations Survey (WERS)

Important study which collects data from employers, employee representatives and employees in a representative sample of workplaces. It has been undertaken in 1980, 1984, 1990, 1998, 2004 & 2011. Datasets are available through the Data Archive and the Library holds a number of books based on WERS studies.


UK Office for National Statistics

initial data on the number of individuals employed on zero hours contracts.

House of Commons Library Standard Note: SN/BT/6553

outlines the legal implications, relationship with the national minimum wage, highlights relevant parliamentary debates

UK government consultation paper

This led to the banning of exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts

Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development report

Report: 'Zero-hours contracts: myth and reality' To access this report and other publications, you can register for free.,

Flexibility or Insecurity? Exploring the rise in Zero Hours Contracts

Report from the Work Foundation

Matter of Time: The Rise of Zero-Hours Contracts 

Blog posts from the Resolution Foundation on Zero hours contracts

Casualisation and Low Pay

TUC report


Society for Human Resource Management

Reports and surveys available on various aspects of employment in the US

Entrepreneurship. Innovation. Small Business


British Library Management & Business Studies Portal - Small Business & Entrepreneurship

References to books, journal articles, reports, websites, datasets, sound recordings, videos, theses and other resources from the British Library's collections. Some full text materials available - mostly open access working papers and other reports.

British Venture Capital Association

The BVCA represents virtually every UK source of venture capital which invests primarily in the UK

Business Advice from GOV.UK

Official national website offering support & advice for UK businesses

Dept. for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

The department offers a range of Statistical Data. See also the policy area for Business Enterprise and Research and Development, which looks at Innovation and the non-departmental body Innovate UK which works alongside the Dept. The Community Innovation Survey provides useful statistics on UK small business innovation. Past SME's statistics from the previous Department for Business, Innovation and Skills are also available.

Office for National Statistics Business Demography

UK data series, formerly known as Business start-ups & closures. Data from 1980- onwards. ONS statistics are derived from the Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR). This data is confidential, but tailored statistics can be requested from it through ONS


Centre for Entrepreneurs

Claims to be the UK's entrepreneurs think tank

Donor Committee on Enterprise Development (DCED)

Coordinates programs aimed at boosting private sector enterprise in developing countries

European Digital City Index

Ranks European cities support for digital entrepreneurship

Eurostat Entrepreneurship Indicators Programme

Set up in 2007 & attempts to provide a range of indicators for EU countries

Global Entrepreneurship & Development Institute (GEDI)

Non-profit organisation in Washington DC, led by Zoltan Acs to promote entrepreneurship in economic development. The Global Entrepreneurship Index (GEI) developed by Zoltan Acs & Laszlo Szerb attempts to measure national differences in entrepreneurism between countries

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)

Organisation established in 1999 by London Business School & Babson College. Researches the state of entrepreneurship across a wide range of countries & makes freely available highly useful datasets, national & global reports.

OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs & Local Development

Aims to disseminate best practice initiatives to promote entrepreneurship, SME growth and local economic development. Annual publication: Entrepreneurship at a glance- offers free access to data. See also OECD Data - Innovation & Technology

Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED)

University of Michigan based research project offering detailed data (interviews & questionnaires) on business start-ups in the USA since 1998.


Big Innovation Centre

Launched by the Work Foundation & Lancaster University in 2011. Free access to its research reports on encouraging innovation in the UK

Business Research and Development and Innovation Survey (BRDIS)

Data for the United States. Preceeded by the Survey of Industrial Research & Development (1953-2007). Specifically for small business there is the new Survey of Microbusiness Innovation Science & Technology (2016-)

Eurostat Community Innovation Survey

Useful source of innovation data for EU countries, surveys every 2 years since 2000/01 (note: access to data is by application, which takes time to process)

Global Innovation Index (WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization)

Annual survey & ranking 2011-

Manchester Institute of Innovation Research

Dedicated unit within the Manchester Business School. Free access to working papers & other publications

NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology & the Arts)

Independent body promoting innovation in the UK. Free access to its publications. See its Business Incubators & Accelerators report, and State of Small Business report and graphics based on data 2013-2016 (maps small business to local district/borough level)

STIP Compass

New (2018) database from OECD & EC on science, technology & innovation policies, trends and data. Information mainly from surveys every 2 years

Top 100 Global Innovators

Annual research by respected Thomson Reuters using patent & citation data to produce rankings of most innovative companies (2011-). See also the Reuters report on the World's most innovative universities

UK Research & Innovation

New offshoot of the Dept. for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, will be officially launched in 2018, coordinating the work of the research councils and Innovate UK

US Patent Data


British Chambers of Commerce

Includes access to various publications and data, such as its Quarterly economic survey (from 2007-) and the DHL/BCC Trade confidence index

Federation of Small Businesses

Main UK lobbying organisation promoting the needs of the self-employed & small business

Institute for Family Business

UK organisation representing family businesses & offering access to some useful e-publications

Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (ISBE)

UK body focusing on all aspects of entrepreneurship

OECD Future of Business Survey

Monthly survey of SMEs in developed & emerging countries commenced in February 2016

Survey of Small Business Finances

US micro data from surveys 1987-2003


See list of resources on the Economics subject page


A.T. Kearney

Global consulting firm conducts useful research on various international aspects of business

Doing business in ...

Respected World Bank project offering publications & comparative data on business regulations & their measurement for countries around the world (2002-)

Ernst & Young Attractiveness Surveys

Global accounting firm offers a series of up to date reports on the global attractiveness of countries & regions to inward FDI


Useful portal to international business resources. Maintained by Michigan State University

JLL Cities Research Center

Useful publications & indexes such as the JLL Global 300 indicating which cities are hot spots for investments


Global Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness (GLOBE)

Major international collaborative research project, exploring cross-cultural dimensions of leadership internationally


American Marketing Association


News and analysis about brands globally

Chartered Institute of Marketing

Main UK body

Chartered Institute of Public Relations

UK body for the PR industry, also maintains the UK Lobbying Register

Consumer Data Research Centre

ESRC funded project involving several universities. Many data sets available for use by the academic community (registration required, and access to some data is restricted). Along similar lines comScore offers limited free snapshots & data from around the world on audiences, brands & consumer behaviour

FT.Com Global Brands report

(register for a personal account with FT.Com to access all content)

IMP Electronic Archive

Free access to conference papers 1984-1999 on Industrial Marketing & Purchasing


Some free information from this brand consultancy, such as its annual list of Best global brands (data back to 2000-)

Non-profit sector. Social enterprise. PHILANTHROPY

Buy Social

Directory of UK social enterprises

Centre for Charitable Giving & Philanthropy

Research centre set up by UK universities investigating this area,funding for this research stopped in 2014.

Charities Aid Foundation

Charity Trends gives free access to UK charity data. UK Giving is an annual report on individuals giving to charities,
and World Giving Index looks at the same globally.

Charity Navigator

Data on US charities

European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (Euricse)

Aims to promote knowledge development and innovation for the field of cooperatives, social enterprises and other non-profit organizations. Free access to its publication

Foundation Center catalogue of non-profit literature

Thousands of references to materials covering philanthropy, charities and the non-profit sector, with a US emphasis

Gov.UK Social Investment

UK government website interface with social enterprise includes data up to 2014. See also policy areas Social enterprise and Social investment

Grant Thornton Charity Governance Review

Annual publication from accounting giant


Database of UK charities

Hudson Institute Index of Philanthropic Freedom

NCVO UK Civil Society Almanac

A useful source of information on voluntarism & civil society in the UK from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. Some current material is freely accessible; most previous editions are available to non-subscribers

National Survey of Charities & Social Enterprises

The largest survey of the sector in the UK, conducted by Ipsos MORI for the Office for Civil Society (Cabinet Office). Asks about opportunities to influence local decisions, the availability and nature of funding and income, support and guidance, relationships with local statutory bodies, and other factors affecting organisations’ success. Results from 2010 survey are most recent available.

Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector

Social Enterprise UK

The voice of UK social enterprises, some publications including its annual impact report

Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC)

Investigates the voluntary & community sector in the UK, including social enterprises. See especially the Third Sector Knowledge Portal

Pay. Salaries


Official UK statistics from the Office for National Statistics, including the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings

Gender Pay Gap

European Commission webpage with some useful information. The Fawcett Society also carries out research on this topic for the UK,
as does the OECD for OECD countries (data from 2000-). See the Gender Pay Gap report from UK Parliament published as HC 584, session 2015/16. ONS has Gender pay gap tables from the Annual survey of hours and earnings.

High Fliers Research

Source of data on graduate starting salaries, published in its Graduate Market report

High Pay Centre

An independent think tank established following the report of the High Pay Commission into the pay gap in the UK. See also the links on the Norton Rose Fulbright UK Corporate Governance portal. The CFA (Chartered Financial Analysts) also produced a Executive Remuneration report in 2016

International Labour Organisation

Collects data worldwide, much of which is published in the periodic Global wage report or can be extracted from the ILO's ILOSTAT
database (data from 1995 onwards)

Low Pay Commission

UK quango advising the government about the national minimum wage. See also the Living Wage Commission and Living Wage Foundation

National Management Salary Survey (UK)

Coordinated by the Chartered Management Institute and XpertHR

PwC Rewarding your people

Accounting giant does research on executive pay & other areas

World Wealth & Income Database

Useful source for historical & comparative purposes,  growing number of countries included

Project Management

Association for Project Management

The APM is the UK's professional body in the field. It gives details about news, training, qualifications and events. A catalogue of publications is available. The resources section has a useful glossary of PM terms, full text of the APMs Body of Knowledge publication, & some links to other sites.

Project Management Institute

The PMI is the professional association in the US but has over 150,000 members worldwide. PMI establishes project management standards, provides education, training and professional certification. The site contains substantial information including: listings of events & conferences; membership & interest group details; details of publications. Its Knowledge Center database enables searching of PMI literature from 1990.

Women. Gender

30% Club

UK group aiming for 30% of board members to be women

Equality and Human Rights Commission (UK)

Notably the publications Sex and power: who rules Britain? and Inquiry into the Appointment Process of FTSE 350 Boards

Female FTSE Report & Index

Respected annual survey by the School of Management, Cranfield University, into the prevalence of women on the boards of the UKs top 100 companies. FemReports from 2005 available

Gender Pay Gap

Official UK government website

Global Gender Gap

Respected series of reports from the World Economic Forum

Women at the Top

Useful website maintained by the FT

Women Count

Organisation looking at women's representation in top public sector roles in the UK

Women in Work Index

Annual publication from Pwc

Women on Boards

2011 report by Lord Davies for the BIS, and annual updates

Women on Boards resource centre

Useful links to publications from academia & business, by the UK organisation supporting women's representation on executive boards


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