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.
Detailed data for UK businesses, available through the UK Data Service
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.
Network linking business & academia especially in the field of management education
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.
A UK academic organisation, publishes the Journal of management studies
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
Online academic forum for those concerned with all aspects of strategy
UK organisation formed in 1934 to promote the preservation of business records of historical importance
Invaluable aid, especially for US business history. Compiled by the Business section of the Library of Congress.
The University of Reading holds many important international business archives.
Companies offering good digitised resources for studying diverse aspects of business history, industrial relations, etc., include:
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.
Consortium of UK business schools. Produces ethics guide, academic journals guide, etc.
Library run by the Corporation of London, freely accessible to the public and offering access to a wide range of printed resources and databases
Past masters' dissertations are held in digitised form on Moodle (access for EBS students only)
Major European business school based in Paris.
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.
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
resources listed below.
The library catalogue also links
The library catalogue also linksto a few specialist journals offering case studies, such as:
2. Business databases
Some academic & practitioner journals also provide case
studies ,and these are indexed in various library databases which
accessed here. The more useful databases for this purpose are listed below. Search using your keyword(s) and "case study" or "case studies".
,and these are indexed in various library databases which
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
Both these databases
Both these databaseshave the option to select the case study box to narrow down the search.
FT.Com - some case studies (up to 2014). Enter case studies in the search box for a list of them.
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
Journal of case research in business & economics - please note, publication ceased in 2014
An independent organisation working for openness, accountability and justice in accounting and business matters.
Netherlands based team researching & mapping global networks of corporate control
Search & download federal prosecutions against corporations 1990-
Progressive stance by the Corporate Reform Collective
UK based organisation taking a critical view of corporate power
International non-profit association. We provide a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners
Independent firm involved in assessments of corporate governance world wide
UK business led organisation aiming to promote good practice in this area by companies
Global organisation of over 500 leaders in corporate governance based in 50 countries with a mission to raise standards of corporate governance worldwide
Designed to assist UK listed companies in keeping up to date with the latest developments, rules and guidance
Information & publications from the OECD
Think tank advising on corporate responsibility, sustainability & accountability
Effort to measure UK companies corporate responsibility (data from2012-)
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)
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
UN led initiative to encourage CSR in the fields of labour, human rights, environment & anti-corruption
Global association of over 200 businesses, providing a corporate perspective on sustainable development. Numerous free publications on its website
Knowledge exchange hubs for the creative economy
From the CBI
from the British Council
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
Set up in 1992 to monitor developments in the TV, film and broadcasting industries in Europe
Carries annual surveys of the perceptions & expectations of employees in selected countries around the world. Some free material
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 association of labour organisations, produces research & publications such as its annual Global Rights Index
Interesting attempt by Oxford University to provide data on demand for digital labour
Represents over 20 million workers in the skills & services sectors
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
An EU project running since 1997. Includes a database of news & reports
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)
Major series of reports, policies and publications from the Dept. of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Government quango, has useful statistics & reports relating to mental (stress, depression, etc.) and physical injuries at work
Special report from the FT
Researches all aspects of graduate employment
Summary statistics for the UK
Research unit based at Lancaster University, free access to many publications and its Data Lab
Organisation supporting a better work-life balance in the UK
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
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.
initial data on the number of individuals employed on zero hours contracts.
outlines the legal implications, relationship with the national minimum wage, highlights relevant parliamentary debates
This led to the banning of exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts
Report from the Work Foundation
Blog posts from the Resolution Foundation on Zero hours contracts
Reports and surveys available on various aspects of employment in the US
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.
The BVCA represents virtually every UK source of venture capital which invests primarily in the UK
Official national website offering support & advice for UK businesses
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.
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
Claims to be the UK's entrepreneurs think tank
Coordinates programs aimed at boosting private sector enterprise in developing countries
Ranks European cities support for digital entrepreneurship
Set up in 2007 & attempts to provide a range of indicators for EU countries
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
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.
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
University of Michigan based research project offering detailed data (interviews & questionnaires) on business start-ups in the USA since 1998.
Launched by the Work Foundation & Lancaster University in 2011. Free access to its research reports on encouraging innovation in the UK
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-)
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)
Annual survey & ranking 2011-
Dedicated unit within the Manchester Business School. Free access to working papers & other publications
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)
New (2018) database from OECD & EC on science, technology & innovation policies, trends and data. Information mainly from surveys every 2 years
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
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
Main UK lobbying organisation promoting the needs of the self-employed & small business
UK organisation representing family businesses & offering access to some useful e-publications
UK body focusing on all aspects of entrepreneurship
Monthly survey of SMEs in developed & emerging countries commenced in February 2016
US micro data from surveys 1987-2003
Global consulting firm conducts useful research on various international aspects of business
Respected World Bank project offering publications & comparative data on business regulations & their measurement for countries around the world (2002-)
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
Useful publications & indexes such as the JLL Global 300 indicating which cities are hot spots for investments
Major international collaborative research project, exploring cross-cultural dimensions of leadership internationally
News and analysis about brands globally
Main UK body
UK body for the PR industry, also maintains the UK Lobbying Register
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
(register for a personal account with FT.Com to access all content)
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-)
Directory of UK social enterprises
Research centre set up by UK universities investigating this area,funding for this research stopped in 2014.
Data on US charities
Aims to promote knowledge development and innovation for the field of cooperatives, social enterprises and other non-profit organizations. Free access to its publication
Thousands of references to materials covering philanthropy, charities and the non-profit sector, with a US emphasis
Annual publication from accounting giant
Database of UK charities
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
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.
The voice of UK social enterprises, some publications including its annual impact report
Investigates the voluntary & community sector in the UK, including social enterprises. See especially the Third Sector Knowledge Portal
Official UK statistics from the Office for National Statistics, including the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings
European Commission webpage with some useful information. The
Fawcett Society also carries out research on this topic for the
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.
Source of data on graduate starting salaries, published in its Graduate Market report
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
Coordinated by the Chartered Management Institute and XpertHR
Accounting giant does research on executive pay & other areas
Useful source for historical & comparative purposes, growing number of countries included
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.
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.
UK group aiming for 30% of board members to be women
Notably the publications Sex and power: who rules Britain? and Inquiry into the Appointment Process of FTSE 350 Boards
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
Official UK government website
Respected series of reports from the World Economic Forum
Useful website maintained by the FT
Organisation looking at women's representation in top public sector roles in the UK
Annual publication from Pwc
2011 report by Lord Davies for the BIS, and annual updates
Useful links to publications from academia & business, by the UK organisation supporting women's representation on executive boards