Free annual reports

Originally based on the Financial Times website, the annual report service  is free, easy to use, and (potentially) hundreds of reports can be posted to your home address on a CD. This site will prove useful for anyone conducting primary research into company information. By way of recommendation, the London Stock Exchanges refers to this website on its homepage.

London Stock Exchange

Research into family-run businesses

IBoqueria Market stallf you’re ever researching family-run businesses, then you may wish to consider Business Link’s useful guide and a US magazine called the Family Business Magazine. Also, Family Business Solutions has practical links and documents, while the The Institute for Family Business is also worth examining.

Closer to home, the database Business Source Complete, available on the e-library section of the Portal, finds over 5,000 full-text articles using the subject heading FAMILY-owned business enterprises, but statistics may be harder to find. Some statistics for larger businesses could be found on FAME and Marketline, both located on the e-library.

 

Revise for your exams next Monday

If you would like to learn more about revision techniques in preparation for your forthcoming exams, then you may be interested in attending our workshop taking place on Monday from 2-3 in UL102, on the first floor of the Library. We have uploaded the presentation for this workshop as a taster for the session…

Revision and Exam FINAL V2

As part of the workshop you are encouraged to complete a learning styles questionairre. Everyone has a dominant learning style, to a varying degree, that will help your revision and alleviate some of the stress involved.

3 Study Methods

So, why not discover your learning style and be better prepared for your exams? Just turn up for the workshop – no need to book.

Lincolnshire Statistics

neighborhood

If you are ever struggling to find local statistical information then try using the Neighbourhood Statistics website .

Produced by the office of National Statistics, this useful site allows you to narrow down your search by postcode or town to find relevant data for your area of study.

Another useful source of local statistical information is the Lincolnshire Research Observatory site.

Established in December 1999, the Lincolnshire Research Observatory (LRO) is a partnership of organisations across the county who aim to share and improve access to quality information and intelligence about Lincolnshire. You can also register to access regular up-dates whenever new sources of information are available.

If you need any help accessing either web site then email Daren or Martin at businesslibrarian@lincoln.ac.uk

 

 

 

Datamonitor360 rebranding

Once known as Marketline, Datamonitor360  is being rebranded once again and will now be known as Marketline Advantage.

We will be updating our database pages to reflect this.

Book of the Month: Pino Bethencourt’s ‘Success in six cups of coffee: How smart networking conquers hidden obstacles’ (2011)

April’s eye-catching contribution to Book of the Month is Pino Bethencourt’s ‘Success in six cups of coffee: How smart networking conquers hidden obstacles’ (2011). I nominated this snappy title because it leaped out from other new book arrivals in the library, not only because of its obvious use to business students, but that networking is a fundamental life skill relevant to all of us. As Bethencourt (2011: 4; 5) advises that ‘networking is perhaps the most critical skill for success in any executive’, suggesting that ‘good networking is useful for almost any goal in life: finding a wife or husband, planning the perfect vacation, selling your house or learning Chinese’. The fabled six degrees of separation is a proven technique to build purposeful relationships; six encounters where bonds are formed. Cultivating a diverse network of contacts ultimately boils down to confidence, as always. If you possess confidence then everything else follows. Taking advantage of every new human interaction might sound opportunistic, even cynical, but realising your networking potential by analysing your relationships and recognising your personal qualities, having a relaxed attitude, avoiding hard-sell, developing high-trust healthy relationships, showing understanding and care, knowing the benefits of socializing, making friends, building influence, knowing your strengths and weaknesses, becoming self-aware, demonstrating patience, and acknowledging the need to change, are valued qualities in any person. It’s also about taking personal responsibility, turning your world around so that you are empowered enough to influence your world rather it influencing you.

Bethencourt (2011: 3) postulates that the need for human connection in business is perhaps more natural than exploitative money-making: ‘Bonding is a millenary ritual of intimate exchange that requires attention to detail and respectful care’. Because it is natural it builds self-confidence too. There a lot of insightful psychology here, as Bethencourt (2011: 36)  identifies a fine line between being authentic and generating interest: ‘The law of reciprocity has been playing a key role in every relationship you’ve established up to now, even if it doesn’t show’. Six cups of coffee goes beyond face-to-face interaction. Bethencourt explores how human trust can develop over keypads and screens via an interview with Erik Wachtmeister, founder of the online communities ‘A Small World’ and ‘Best of all worlds’, the latter specialising in bringing together niche communities, with every chapter ending in a personal interview with an executive.  Bethencourt offers advice on telephone and email manner, valuing the ‘power of now’, personal SWOT analysis, and handling rejection through self-assessment rather than concentrating upon victimisation that only results in avoidance rather than honest action. Part of the success companies within BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), for instance, lies within the recognition that they could not compete in mature markets (USA, UK, Netherlands, etc) so new markets evolved with double digit growth. Recognising strength and weaknesses is still a vital strategy in any business venture.

An example of understanding networks was illustrated by Greenpeace’s campaign against Japanese whaling.  Not realising that whale meat had saved the Japanese population from starvation after the second world war, they were inadvertently insulting the Japanese. So, they were advised to change their strategy to the more successful ‘now it is time for the Japanese to save the whales in return’ resulting in a globally publicised animation movie  (Bethencourt (2011: 79).

This book is located at 650.13 bet on the 2nd floor of the Library.

Knowing your Business School Librarians

Daren Mansfield and Martin Osborne are the Business School librarians, working as a job share, with Daren working the first half of the week and Martin working the second half of the week.

Please email businesslibrarian@lincoln.ac.uk for any of your enquiries and we shall get back to you promptly.

                        

Daren Mansfield                                 Martin Osborne

We can help you find relevant information in your chosen area of study, such as conducting literature reviews. We also provide advice on academic writing, structure, referencing and revision techniques. We are happy to arrange to meet with you on a one-to-one basis.

Additionally, we also hold drop-in sessions on the ground floor of the Business & Law building every Wednesday morning, support the Learning Development room on the ground floor of the Library, and have started to attend lectures across all subject areas.

Book of the Month: The Palgrave Handbook of Spirituality and Business (2011) by Luk Bouckaert and Laszlo Zsolnai (eds)

Spirituality and business is certainly not widely discussed in mainstream academia, which is one of the reasons why I chose this particular title for March’s installment as the Book of the Month. Instrumental and utilitarian rationality rules the business world if you’ve ever wondered! Since the infamous Credit Crunch the ethics of capitalism has been questioned, as  indeed has its sustainability. Just look at the furore between Canada and the EU over the extraction of the toxic tar sands oil. Some might say that the foundations of capitalism have not been fundamentally examined and that trust is broken. Conditions are certainly ripe for revolution: The current state of the Eurozone, quarrels over the Greek bail-out, downgrading of economies, austerity measures, recession, hiking inflation, and increasing unemployment compound any discussion. Overcoming socioeconomic problems is a tall order. Some argue there may be another way of making money, instead of the relentless pursuit of wealth, and Bouckaert and Zsolnai’s The Palgrave Handbook of Spirituality and Business  (2011) suggests such alternatives. 

Workplace spirituality is conscious of avoiding overexploitation of the planet’s resources and stands outside of institutionalized religion. The challenge of sustainability, which includes greening of industry and the ‘self-restricting of needs’, is labelled ‘postcapitalism’ by Bouckaert and Zsolnai (2011: p.6), who explain that ‘business ethics as a system of moral self-regulation fuelling relations of trust and good reputation’ which effectively criticizes the ‘opportunistic tendencies within business’ (Bouckaert and Zsolnai, 2011: 4) . Cultivating distance is a necessary condition for any progressive organisation in the decision-making process, and spirituality may solve the current ‘ethical deficit in business ethics’ because it is ‘an inner experience of deep interconnectedness with all living beings’ which ‘opens a space from the pressures of the market and the routines of business-as-usual’ (Bouckaert and Zsolnai, pp. 4-5).

 There’s lots in this book – some of the most eye-catching essays cover Islamic Economics (Feisal Khan), Quaker Spirituality and the Economy (Laurie Michaelis), Voicing Meaningfulness at Work (Marjolein Lips-Wiersma and Lani Morris), and the thought-provoking chapter Multinational Companies and the Common Good (Francois Lepineux and Jean-Jacques Rose), a concept which even stretches back to Plato’s time.

The book is available at 201.73 pal in the Library if you would like to read more on this fascinating and relatively unexplored topic…

Find FAME on the electronic journals a-z

To make it easier to find FAME (Financial Analysis Made Easy) we have added the database to the electronic journals a-z on the Library Catalogue. Search for the financial information of over three million companies in the UK and Ireland by going to the Library Catalogue and selecting Electronic Journals A-Z:

 You will be able to access the database from here:

 

Goodbye to the Creative Review Handbook

The Creative Review Handbook has ceased publication. However there is a web site available at: www.chb.com

It seems to be free to view and is continuing for the foreseeable future.

The Economist: availability in Factiva to change

This is advance notice that effective 30 June 2012, The Economist will no longer be available in academic library subscriptions to Factiva.

However, you will still be able to access The Economist via our subscription to ABI/Inform without embargo.

If you would like any help accessing any of the databases available to you please email Daren Mansfield or Martin Osborne at businesslibrarian@lincoln.ac.uk

 

Accessing the Portal off campus video

Having trouble accessing the Portal off campus? This short video takes you through the various steps to gain access to the Portal’s electronic resources…

Exam and revision techniques

Have you ever wondered what your preferred learning style is? Help your revision techniques by downloading and completing this questionnaire, then read about your dominant learning style below. Techniques drawn from your learning style will enable you to revise more efficiently and tackle your exams with greater confidence.

3 Study Methods

Referencing Questions = Free Chocolate Egg

Cadbury creme eggs 6 29th February 2012 leap day 21:07.07pm

When: Wednesday 14th March 11am – 1pm

Where: The Library’s Learning Development Room

What: Free chocolate eggs for answering a couple of mutiple choice referencing questions

Why: As part of the Festival of Teaching and Learning

Its all about promoting the service that we offer in the Learning Development room where you can come along at any of the times listed below to gain help with anything to do with Learning Development:

  • Monday      10.00 – 12.00
  • Tuesday     14.00 – 16.00
  • Wednesday 11.00 – 13.00
  • Thursday    14.00 – 16.00
  • Friday         10.00 – 12.00 

We offer help with finding information and using resources, essay writing and structure, revision techniques and more.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

Overcoming Science Direct access problems

Some of you, like me, have been experiencing problems accessing Science Direct. A message saying ‘Sorry, your request can’t be processed due to a system problem’ appears when you try to log on.  However, if you select the ‘Search’ tab at the top of the screen then you should be able to use the database without hindrance. The problem has been reported and we hope that it is resolved shortly.