Company Information

Tips for Starting Off

The website of your company is the best starting point for your research to get a good overview. After that, you'll want to check out the library databases that provide company profiles, filings and annual reports.

Your company website will usually include a section on corporate governance as well. When researching the governance of your company, think about what is considered "good" or "effective" corporate governance. This essay entitled A 12-Step Program to Truly Good Corporate Governance offers some good insight.

Organization | Planning | Leading | Controlling

Information related to the organizationplanning, leadership and control of a company won't always be obvious from its website nor the filings and publications they produce.

Search scholarly databases (for academic articles, trade publications, magazine), news databases, blogs (make sure they're reputable) and books that mention your company.

You'll also have to make some suppositions based on your own critical analysis.

Suggested search terms:

  • Planning
  • Strategic planning
  • Long term planning
  • Mission statements
  • Coordination
  • Organizational structure
  • Organization development
  • Corporate culture
  • Leadership
  • Managerial skills
  • Supervision
  • Management controls
  • Quality control
  • Control charts

Database Guide - ADM1300

Open the files below as a slideshow for an interactive guide!

Critical Thinking and Synthesizing Information

It's important to ensure the credibility of the information you are gathering. Ask the following questions when gathering th epieces of information for your research :

  1. For what purpose is this information being created?—To inform? Influence? Entertain? Mislead?
  2. Who is creating the information?
  3. Who is the intended audience?

After gathering all the different types of information, you need to

  • extract the facts and concepts that are important for your research,
  • combine them with the knowledge you gained in class,
  • add your own insights and
  • draw your own conclusions..

Using your own abilities to synthesize to put together the information you obtain will make your report more original and insightful. View the video below for the chicken soup analogy of synthesizing information.

Citing your textbook

In-text citation (APA style):

(Griffin et al., 2011, p. XX) for direct quotes.

  • Use quotation marks (") around direct quotes.

(Griffin et al., 2011) for summarizing and paraphrasing.

Reference List (APA Style):

Griffin, R. W., Ebert, R. J., Stark, F. A., Lang, M. D., Hitt, M. A., Black, S., Porter, L.    W. (Eds.). (2011). Introduction to Business Management, 2nd custom edition.    Boston, MA: Pearson Learning Solutions.

For more information on citing, please consult our Citation management guide.