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MGT/526: Managing in a Changing Environment

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Welcome to MGT/526! We've structured your weekly library pages to cover what's required for your course and included extras like research tips and things to consider to help you plan and conduct your research more efficiently. While the extras are optional, these sections are designed to help alleviate some of the issues you might encounter and set you up for success later in this course and throughout your program.

Your Assignment

Before you jump into one of the databases, take some time to do some preliminary research regarding your potential company. The work you do now in selecting a company will save you time (and possibly a headache) later.

  1. Review all of the future requirements you’ll need regarding the company you select. For example, in week two, you’ll need to review a company’s annual report. So, make sure that you can find this information on the company you select. (Hint: It’s easier to find information on publicly-held companies versus private companies.)
  2. Start with an industry. If you are interested in a particular industry but don’t have a specific company in mind, review industry reports for lists of significant competitors.
  3. Consider using a company that you've been asked to research at work. The work you do here will have more meaning to you if you can apply it to real situations in your life. Keep in mind - if it's a smaller, private company, you may have difficulty finding financial and other information it is not required to disclose.
  4. Or pick a company that relates to your dream position. Again, you’ll find more meaning in the work if you can apply what you’re learning to your everyday life.
  5. Pick two or three companies to do some preliminary research on. You'll have a higher chance of success if you have a couple of companies in mind before going into the databases.

Need More?

Can't find a SWOT analysis for the company you want to research? Check out our guide on SWOT analyses for more guidance and research tips on researching and creating your own SWOT analysis.

Ask Us!

Absolutely stuck trying to find a SWOT analysis? Ask us!

Our team of research librarians will work with you to identify specific resources and search techniques to help you find the analysis you need and keep you moving forward.