Business Librarianship: An Introduction to Resources, Concepts and Services: Summer 2011

Instructor:

Ruth A. Pagell

School:

University of Hawaii

Semester:

Description:

Librarians and information specialists in most libraries as well as in their personal lives face business-related information needs. It is not a lack of resources that is challenging but a glut of ever-changing internet and commercial sources, many of which are irrelevant or inaccurate. By the end of this course, students will understand common business language and concepts and be able to link the terminology to information resources that will meet the needs of users in different service settings.

The goal of this course is to give students hands-on experience using basic information tools of business and introduce them to the language of business as it relates to the resources for business research. Emphasis is on understanding underlying business concepts, recognizing the types of resources needed to answer business questions effectively, using some of the main information sources available from both the internet and commercial databases and gaining an understanding of business librarianship in a variety of settings through guest discussions.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/content/syllabi/693_pagell_ss11.pdf

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Business Information Sources and Services: Spring 2012

Instructor:

David A. Flynn

School:

University of Hawaii

Semester:

Spring 2012

Description:

Study of key sources of business information in accounting, business law, consumer information, finance, industry, international business, job information, management, marketing, small business, taxation, and related areas. Focus is on meeting the user needs for specific types of business information, including those of management executives and other professionals, entrepreneurs, individual investors, and researchers. Emphasizes the use of value-added print and electronic resources, including business resources via the Internet. Includes development of search strategy, building and managing a business reference collection, and reference services to the business community.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/content/syllabi/693_flynn.pdf

Competitive Intelligence: Winter 2014

Instructor:

France Bouthillier, Justin Soles

School:

McGill

Semester:

Winter 2014

Description:

Introduction to the competitive intelligence process in profit and not-for-profit organizations. The course provides an overview of the principles and tools for identifying competitive intelligence needs; acquiring, organizing and storing information; creating intelligence through various analytical techniques; developing and distributing intelligence products. Topics include legal and ethical aspects, information audit, and cooperative intelligence.

Required Textbook:

Bouthillier, F., Shearer, K. 2003. Assessing Competitive Intelligence Software: A Guide to Evaluating CI Technology.
Fleisher, C.S., Bensoussan, B.E. 2007. Business and Competitive Analysis: Effective Application of New and Classic Methods.
Fleisher, C.S., Bensoussan, B.E. 2003. Strategic and Competitive Analysis: Methods and Techniques for Analyzing Business Competition.
Pollard, A. 1999. Competitor Intelligence: Strategy, Tools and Techniques for Competitive Advantage.
Vibert, C. 2004. Competitive Intelligence: A Framework for Web-based Analysis and Decision Making.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.mcgill.ca/sis/files/sis/glis665_2014winter_bouthillier.pdf

Business Information – Literature and Resources: Summer 2012

Instructor:

Elsie A. Okobi

School:

Southern Connecticut

Semester:

Summer 2012

Description:

A study of management information resources. This course analyzes the production and access of externally generated business and economics information in both online and print formats.

Required Textbook:

Moss, R., Ernsthausen, D. 2012. Strauss’s Handbook of Business Information: a Guide for Librarians, Students, and Researchers, 3rd ed.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ares.southernct.edu//ils/uploads/textWidget/wysiwyg/documents/ILS_618-Syllabus-Summer_2012-Okobi.pdf

Competitive Intelligence Resources and Strategies: Spring 2014

Instructor:

Claudia Chidester

School:

University of Texas at Austin

Semester:

Spring 2014

Description:

Resources and strategies for market and competitive analysis. Research and analysis of market trends and financial, technical, and cultural strengths and weaknesses of companies. Online, print, and primary research and analytical techniques. Ethics, process, and presentation are emphasized.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://courses.ischool.utexas.edu/Chidester_Claudia/2014/Spring/INF382P/index.php (pdf)

Researching Opportunities in Entrepreneurship & Economic Development: Spring 2014

Instructor:

School:

University of North Carolina Greensboro

Semester:

Spring 2014

Description:

Students will learn how to conduct the research necessary to make the best-informed decisions for an entrepreneurial venture and to measure and assess economic development opportunities. These research skills will help you assess self-employment opportunities. Topics covered include how to benchmark the financials of private companies; identify and analyze competitors; evaluate the size and nature of industries, consumer markets, and business-to -business markets; and analyze trade data. We will examine secondary sources like government datasets, subscription databases, and authoritative free web content. Primary market research will be discussed periodically , but is not a focus of the class. Students will complete a research project based on an entrepreneurial or economic development idea of their choosing.

Required Textbook:

Link to Syllabus:

http://bae.uncg.edu/ecdp/files/2012/05/ENTGEOLIS-Syllabus.pdf