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.
Information related to the organization, planning, leadership and control of a company won't always be obvious from its website nor the filings and publications they produce.
You'll also have to make some suppositions based on your own critical analysis.
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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 :
After gathering all the different types of information, you need to
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.
In-text citation (APA style):
(Griffin et al., 2011, p. XX) for 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.
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