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Trial to Mind Commerce Analysis

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: October 5, 2015
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Teams in VSB classes doing cases related to smartwatches and over-the-top TV providers have been pleasantly surprised  to have access to Mind Commerce reports via the MarketResearch.com platform. A few weeks ago a soft trial for these reports was switched on and not surprisingly is fast becoming popular with students.
Mind Commerce does independent analysis on digital technologies and telecommunication technologies, both consumer and business facing, Unlike some publishers on the MarketResearch.com platform, Mind Commerce does not embargo their most current reports. The following is a sample of titles:2015-10-05_11-34-00

  • Big Data in Retail 2015
  • Data as Service
  • Connected Vehicles
  • Wearable Technology in Sports and Fitness, Healthcare and Clothing
  • Social Business Services in the Clout

To browse the full list of reports available navigate to the Technology & Media Market Research module on MarketResearch.com.  Permanent access to Mind Commerce reports would compliment the Gartner Intergroup research provided by UNIT.  Share your thoughts on the utility of Mind Commerce Reports for Villanova by emailing linda.hauck@villanova.edu



Library Resources Underpin Debate Over Meaning & Motivation at Work

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: September 2, 2015
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

While reading the Sunday Review section of the New York Times this weekend I was struck by how important both library books and access to scholarly articles are to not only the professional study of job satisfaction and design but also to the public debate over motivation and meaning at work.

In Barry Schwartz’s article Rethinking Work old and new books and scholarly articles frame the conversation.  Falvey Memorial Library collections and services provide direct access (via print or ebooks, open access ebooks, or EZBorrow) to the sources you need to fully engage in the discussion.  See the links to the books and articles referenced in Schwarz’s opinion piece.  Research librarians are available by chat, email and research consultations to guide you through finding the full text of vaguely referenced scholarly research articles such as these underscored in Rethinking Work.

Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

Principles of Scientific Management by Taylor

The Human Equation by Pfeiffer

High Commitment, High Performance by Michael Beer

Why We Work by Barry Schwartz (On order)

Grant, A. M., Campbell, E. M., Chen, G., Cottone, K., Lapedis, D., & Lee, K. (2007). Impact and the art of motivation maintenance: The effects of contact with beneficiaries on persistence behavior. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 103(1), pp. 53-67. doi:10.1016/j.obhdp.2006.05.004

Dutton, J.E., Debebe, G. & Wrzesniewski, A. (2012). Being valued and devalued at work: A social valuing perspective.  In Qualitative Organizational Research: Best Papers from the David Conference on Qualitative Research (forthcoming). http://webuser.bus.umich.edu/janedut/High%20Quality%20Connections/Being%20valued%20%20final.pdf









S&P NetAdvantage Interface Refreshed

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: August 21, 2015
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

S&P NetAdvantage, sometimes called S&P Capital IQ has rolled out a new interface (and possibly a soft rebranding as NetAdvantage seems to have been wholly replaced with the Capital IQ trademark).  The reworked top navigation bar makes it much easier to find some fabulous content and functionality that had been less transparent in the legacy platform.  And the ubiquitous, but undeniably useful blank search box has been added.2015-08-21_12-34-42

The Company tab provides access to profiles, filings and investment research.  This is were you can also access detailed information about company officers and directors including “relationship trees”  and company news and developments.  Screening for companies or equities is front and center. The Markets tab provides excellent overviews of government, economy, industry, transportation & communication for national economies.   Industry Survey report are still the go to source for understanding how an industry works, but now they include high level sector analysis as well.

The library will make the new and legacy interface available side by side at least through the end of the year.





Library Survey of VSB Attitutes toward Library Resources

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: June 3, 2015
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

The Business Team Liaison Librarians thank the many VSB faculty that  completed a survey on their use of and attitudes toward library subscription sources.  The library will use this data to inform future collection development efforts.  Key takeaways gleaned from the survey are as follows:

  • Several databases could benefit from concerted marketing.
  • Two low cost-low use databases are candidates for cancellation.
  • There is unmet faculty demand for research databases that needs to be sustainably satisfied.

Villanova community members are invited to view the summary report.


Stratfor Trial

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: June 2, 2015
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

The library is pleased to be running a trial to Stratfor for Enterprises. The trial was requested for Global Political Economy students, but is likely to be of interest to students of international politics as well. Statfor offers indepth analysis of economic, energy, political and military developments with forecasts. Content is delivered via reports, news briefs, videos, maps and timelines. The trial runs through June, 2015. Check it out and let is know if you think we need a subscription. linda.hauck@villanova.edu

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Statista Trial

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: March 13, 2015
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

3-13-2015 3-39-46 PMDo you dislike ferreting out reliable data as much as you delight in using statistics, facts, figure and info-graphics to support your ideas?  Statista may be the database for you!

Statista offers quality statistics on a wide range of topics gleaned from government and private sources.  Industries, companies and business are stand out areas of coverage, but there are data graphs for everyone’s interests here (see the survey of poetry reading). Precise links to underlying sources are always provided to empower you to make intelligent decisions about quality and appropriate use of the data.  Keyword searching with filters and browsing features make finding what you need painless.  Flexible options are available for customizing the look of data and there are a full suite of download options with built in citation generators to make incorporating data into papers very simple.3-13-2015 3-38-57 PM

Other statistical sources in our collection include Data-Planet & Statistical Insight.  Concurrent trials for data sources include Sage Statistics and PolicyMap.

Let us know what you think! linda.hauck@villanova.edu





PolicyMap Trial

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: March 10, 2015
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

The library is pleased to host a month long trial to PolicyMap.  PolicyMap is an easy to use platform for mapping data, and generating data tables or reports.  Depending on the source data, you can get as granular (census blocks or zip codes), global (states) or particular as you like by drawing and defining custom areas.  Layered mapping allows you to identify areas that meet multiple criteria, a function critical to site selection of businesses, services and studies.

The data PolicyMap draws from are primarily a federal alphabet soup.  Think HUD, BLS, CDFI, CDC, NCES, NOAA, USDA, IRS, BEA, USGS, SSA to name a few.  Of course the Census Bureau serves as the backbone.  Some nonprofit and community organizations have contributed data as well.  In fact PolicyMap was developed by a local nonprofit, The Reinvestment Fund (TRF), a lending organization devoted to community redevelopment.

To learn more about how to use PolicyMap you can signup for a webinar or view their video tutorials: Quick Start, Maps, 3-Layer Maps, Reports and Data Loader.

Villanova has subscriptions to three other resources incorporating similar mapping features, Social Explorer, ESRI Business & Community Analyst and Data-Planet.  Social Explorer presents the ability to do deep historical dives into Census demographic data with mapping capabilities.  ESRI Business & Community Analyst closely parallels the sophisticated functionality and broad range of data sources offered by PolicyMap, but requires individual account administration.  Data-Planet’s mapping and analytic tools may not be as compelling, but its data sources have the broadest appeal for academics and scholars.

Let me know what you think about PolicyMap!  Linda.hauck@villanova.edu

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Preparing for a Job or Informational Interview

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: March 4, 2015
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Are you one of the introverted but creative leaders championed by Susan Cain’s recent book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World 3-4-2015 1-18-02 PMthat Can’t Stop Talking?  Don’t let your naturally restrained style impede the flow of conversation in a job interview or exploratory career interview.  Coming to the interview prepared to ask thoughtful and probing questions can go a long way toward keeping the conversation lively.  And for those extroverts out there, never at a loss for words, being well prepared can keep the conversation on track and drive home the impression 3-4-2015 1-18-45 PMthat you’re a curious, but focused person.

The library has two resources to help you jump start or sustain engaging conversations with professionals in a wide variety of industries:  IBISWorld iExpert Summaries and ABI/Inform (Proquest) First Research Industry Profiles.  These industry reports describe the industry structure, market share, competitors, outlook and issues.  The feature that sets them apart from other industry reports and makes them particularly useful for job seekers is their prep questions.  These reports list questions and conversation starters calibrated to the industry and phrased to make you sound your best.

To find IBISWorld iExpert reports simply search by keyword or browse the list of iExpert Industry Summaries or iExpert Specialized Industry Summaries.  To find First Research Industry Profiles, login to ABI Inform, link to Data & Reports, check Industry Reports and search by keyword.



Reading for the People’s Climate March

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: September 19, 2014
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Heading to the People’s Climate March in NYC on Sunday and need a good read for the trip?  Consider these books about the economic impacts of global warming and how businesses and industries are responding to the challenges posed by climate change.  Here’s just a sample of books in our collection, many available for immediate download to your ipad.

9-19-2014 10-24-14 AM  The economics of climate change and the change of climate in economics by K. Marachel
 9-19-2014 11-59-56 AM  Global warming and the world trading system by G.C. Hufbauer
 9-19-2014 12-29-05 PM  Green collar jobs:  Environmental careers for the 21st Century
 9-19-2014 12-42-14 PM Windfall:  The booming business of global warming by M. Funk
 9-19-2014 12-46-59 PM  Climate change:  What’s your business strategy? by A.J. Hoffman
 9-19-2014 12-50-35 PM  Climate change justice and sustainability linking climate and development policy by O. Edenhofer
 9-19-2014 12-55-16 PM  Carbon coalitions: Business, politics and the rise of emissions trading by J. Meckling


Human Resource Management Online Trial

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: September 2, 2014
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

The library is offering trial access to Human Resource Management Online an Alexander Street Press collection of practice-professional9-2-2014 3-16-04 PM oriented material as well as academic works. Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is a major contributor to this collection of sample policies, case studies, sample documents and reports.  Topics covered include compensation & benefits, recruitment, training & development, equal opportunity, job analysis & design, health and safety and more.

The trial is running through November 2.  Let us know how you like it!

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