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IBISWorld Trial

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: March 9, 2012
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

For many business research projects starting out with an industry report is highly recommended.  We have a variety of them that either define industries broadly on a global scope (such  NetAdvantage or Mergent Online) or rather narrowly by country or activity or product (such as Datamonitor, Freedonia or BMI via ReferenceUSA OneSource).  We  have a trial to IBIS World, a particularly deep depository of industry reports with over 700 industries in the U.S. and 65 global reports.

One may wonder why industry reports are so useful.  They explain how the defined industry operates in terms of finance, technology, regulation, and underlying economic conditions. Usually technical terms and jargon are explained and key professional and trade associations are referenced.  Trends and forecasts are typically provided as are statistical benchmarks relevant to the industry.  The major players are always listed and described if not analyzed in depth.  Given the aforementioned  list of sources for industry reports one may think  that business research material type is well covered at  Falvey Memorial Library.  However gaps persist because industries definitions are variable and the need is great.

The IBISWorld platform has another feature that I think job seekers and journalists will find valuable.  These are iExpert reports.  iExpert reports consist of an executive summary of the industry as a whole and then list internal and external trends specific to the industry and suggest intelligent probing questions around those issues.  What great tips for having a successful conversation with an industry insider!

The first time you use IBISWorld you will need to register with an email address in addition to authenticating with your Villanova credentials if off campus.  Let me know if IBISWorld is a keeper!

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D&B 20M+ Private Company Search

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: March 8, 2012
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Since there has been a flurry of  business reference activity around small private businesses on the one end of the spectrum and foreign businesses on the other, I decided it was time to take a look at additional company information databases.  My  curiosity about the level of detail included in the Dun & Bradstreet reports available through Mergent Online got the best of me.  With our trial to that module activated through the end of the month,  my curiosity is satisfied.  Give it a work out and let me know what you think.

Other databases that have private company information include ReferenceUSA (search the U.S. Businesses/Employers module) and Lexis-Nexis Academic (Use the Company tab on the left and Dossier Create a Company List).  Foreign private company databases we subscribe to include the aforementioned Lexis-Nexis Academic, Datamonitor & ISI Emerging Markets and Uniworld.

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Accounting Books Updated

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: March 6, 2012
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

When I buy accounting books for the Falvey Memorial Library collection I try to balance the needs of full time undergraduates, faculty and graduate students already in the workplace.  So I buy exam guides, professional & practice books and academic studies.  I buy in the areas of public accounting, managerial accounting, auditing and taxation.

Whenever possible I opt to purchase e-books rather than print books reasoning that most accounting books are not read cover to cover but used for reference, mitigating the resistance some readers have to digital books.  I’m including a list of accounting books recently added to our collection.  Let me know if I’m on the right track in terms of content and form or if you’d like to see something different.

Wiley CPA Exam Review Focus Notes:  Business Environment and Concepts 2012

 

 

Wiley CPA Exam Focus Notes:  Financial Accounting & Reporting 2012

 

 

An Executive Guide to IFRS:  Contents, Costs and Benefits to Business

 

 

Reaching Key Financial Reporting Decisions:  How Directors and Auditors Interact

 

 

Forensic Analytics:  Methods & Techniques

 

 

Best Practices in Managerial Accounting

 

 

 

Oxford Introductions to US Law: Exploring the Labor-Capital Divide:  Income Tax Law

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How beautiful is your data set?

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: February 22, 2012
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Do you miss the days when the most important part of your book report was the cover?  As a child you instinctively knew that  beautifully designed illustrations enhance the audience’s appreciation. But sadly college-level papers and reports generally do not include graphic covers. You can, however, still remain devoted to beautiful visualizations that strengthen your readers’ understanding by incorporating well designed graphs, maps and charts into your work.

Cutting edge cultural thinkers such as David McCandless have championed the power of data visualization in books and TED talks.  The Obama administration has made the public availability of interactive data via data.gov a linchpin in improving government efficiency as well as fostering transparency in government. Enthusiasm for the power of data, the rise of digital new content and above all data visualization software and  has even spawned a new career track:  data journalism.

Many library databases offer simple interactive data visualization tools.  One of the early adopters was Statistical Datasets (Proquest).  The topics covered by this database are eclectic ranging from air quality data to personal bankruptcy figures to state and local expenditures.  Even pet ownership patterns are documented.  Statistical Datasets allows users to chart or map almost any data set and export visualizations as a PDFs or images.  Using graphed or mapped data, questions inevitably bubble up to the surface.  Why, for example, do folks in New Mexico love their birds so and what makes Alaskans so fond of their cats?

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Bartley Bestsellers

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: February 21, 2012
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

We’ve always got a fresh selection of new business bestsellers at Bartley Room 1005.  Stop by and check one out!

The Grand Pursuit Review by Choice Review Robert Heilbroner’s The Worldly Philosophers (1953; 7th ed., 1999) educated generations with its sweeping story of how great economists from Adam Smith to John Maynard Keynes accounted for the ways of the modern economy. Nasar’s Grand Pursuit is a worthy successor to Heilbroner’s story, but her tale is both more and less ambitious than Heilbroner’s. Her focus is narrower, for one thing, but, as a consequence, it is richer and teaches more about economics. Nasar (Columbia Univ. School of Journalism), a former economics journalist, now gives a grand but not overly generalized story of the ideas of a set of thinkers who transformed economics in the 20th century. Beginning really with Alfred Marshall and the Webbs, Nasar provides a history of the interlocking relationship of ideas among Joseph Schumpeter, John Maynard Keynes, F. A. Hayek, Joan Robinson, and Amartya Sen. Her story tells readers that there is more to the 20th century than the Keynes-Hayek debate (compare to Nicholas Wapshott’s Keynes Hayek, CH, Jan’12, 49-2797). Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. R. B. Emmett James Madison College, Michigan State University Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.

 

Beyond the Keynesian Endpoint Front Cover Copy During the Great Depression, legendary British economist John Maynard Keynes advocated using government money to fill the economic void until consumer spending and business investment recovered. But what happens when governments can’t do that anymore? That’s “The Keynesian Endpoint”: when the money runs out before the economy has been rescued, and investors refuse to accept any more sovereign debt.

That’s where we are. In the United States and worldwide, debt-fueled spending programs devised to cure the global financial crisis have morphed into poison. Exhausted national balance sheets have left policy makers with few viable options to bolster economic growth, pointing leaders and citizens toward brutal choices that were previously unimaginable.

In Beyond the Keynesian Endpoint, PIMCO Executive Vice President, portfolio manager, and market strategist Tony Crescenzi illuminates the frightening new world we now inhabit. Crescenzi dissects each scenario swirling around the mounting global debt crisis and reveals its profound implications for governments, investors, and the global economy.

Car Guys v. Bean Counters Review by Kirkus Book ReviewA former top GM executive and avowed gearhead warns against the advance of soulless number-crunchers clueless about the hands-on details of the car business.To Lutz (Guts: 8 Laws of Business from One of the Most Innovative Business Leaders of Our Time, 2003), it’s not rocket science: Design and build the cars and trucks that customers want, and the rest will fall into place. This was his job as a GM vice chairman from 2001 to 2010. At the tableif not running the meetingwhen most of the big decisions came down, the author, now in his late 70s, was often appalled by youthful bean-counting MBAs with their 4.0 GPAs but no common car sense.What matters, Lutz argues, is having on board at least one automotive artist with the talent to design desirable new cars. The author’s talent, equally rare, was recognizing a good design, or a bad one drawn to bean-counter specs. His frequent criticism of the press is sometimes churlish, as when he alleges that unnecessarily harsh and ill-informed lefty journalism gave the Hummer H2on which he signed offan unjustifiably bad rep. He closes with the recognition that having a media-savvy, talking-head CEO is now a must and in the best interest of the business in which he worked for 47 years. The author also predicts GM’s battery-and-gas-powered Volt will dominate the highways of the future, and he includes close accounts of GM’s 2009 bankruptcy, government bailout and subsequent reemergence as a trimmed-down shadow of its former corporate self.Well worth the rideif not necessarily the car.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

 

The Next Convergence Review by Booklist ReviewCo ntrary to his book’s title, Nobel Prize-winning economist Spence does less prognosticating than one might expect. Indeed, early on he shares a chart showing just how inaccurately economists predicted growth during the 1990s. Instead, he offers a comprehensive summary of the forces at play in today’s global economy: removal of trade barriers, the lightning-fast transfer of knowledge from developed to emerging economies, global demand, resources, the role of national and international governments, and the management (or not) of currency rates, among others. Spence’s style is pretty flat (Where’s John Kenneth Galbraith when we need him?), and he seems to underestimate the looming role of climate change in any economic scenario. Yet his status report could give attentive readers a more empowered role in their own economic future.–Moores, Ala. Copyright 2010 Booklist

 

The Wizard of Lies Front Cover Copy Who is Bernie Madoff, and how did he pull off the biggest Ponzi scheme in history? This question has fascinated people ever since the news broke about the New York financier who swindled his friends, relatives, and other investors out of $65 billion. And in The Wizard of Lies, Diana B. Henriques of The New York Times has written the definitive book on the man and his scheme, drawing on unprecedented access and more than one hundred interviews, including Bernie Madoff’s first interviews for publication since his arrest. Henriques also provides vivid details from the lawsuits and government investigations that explode the myths that have come to surround the story, and in a revised and expanded epilogue she unravels the latest legal developments. A true-life financial thriller, The Wizard of Lies contrasts Madoff’s remarkable rise on Wall Street with dramatic scenes from his accelerating slide toward self-destruction. It is also the most complete account of the heartbreaking personal disasters and landmark legal battles triggered by Madoff’s downfall – the suicides, business failures, fractured families, shuttered charities – and the clear lessons this timeless scandal offers to Washington, Wall Street, and Main Street.

In the Plex:  How Google Works, Thinks and Shapes Our Lives Review by Publisher’s Weekly Review The contradictions of the Internet search behemoth are teased apart in this engaging, slightly starry-eyed business history. Wired magazine writer Levy (Hackers) insightfully recaps Google’s groundbreaking search engine and fabulously profitable online ad-brokering business, and elucidates the cutting-edge research and hard-nosed cost-efficiencies underlying them. He also regales readers with the “Googley” corporate culture of hip techno-capitalism: the elitist focus on braininess, the campus game rooms, the countercultural rectitude of billionaire founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin (which can read more like puerile arrogance as they roller-blade into meetings with business-suited squares). Levy’s narrative updates a familiar portrait of the company, with breathless accounts of recent innovations. He offers a smart analysis of the tensions between Google’s “‘Don’t Be Evil’” slogan and its censorship of its Chinese Web site and the privacy implications of its drive to sponge up all information-but he accepts Google’s blinkered conception of e-ethics and its demands for huge tax breaks with too much complacency. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

 

Lifeblood Review by Publisher’s Weekly Review Perry (Falling Off the Edge)  examines the struggle to fight malaria, which infects more than 708,000 people a year-mostly children-in his important, clear-eyed study of the epidemic. In his travels in Uganda and throughout Africa, Perry saw the casualties of the mosquito-borne disease firsthand, and his analysis draws on his conversations with doctors and diplomats, grieving parents, and frustrated aid workers. For decades scientists have known that the disease can be virtually eradicated by a combination of insect-killing chemicals and bed nets, costing only $10 a piece. Sadly, malaria is “a genocide of apathy,” in which governmental and aid agencies consistently fall short in their attempts to stop the spread of the disease. Combining business acumen with humanitarian goals, independent activists like Ray Chambers have achieved major advances against the epidemic while global health organizations have fallen short. Malaria costs Africa $30-$40 billion each year, Chambers tells Perry, and points out that his work-distributing 42 million bed nets to Nigeria, “didn’t just save lives. It saved money too.” In this compulsively readable primer on a devastating epidemic, Perry shows how Chambers’s approach-creating economic incentives and emphasizing local action over top-down mandates-offers a daring new model for tackling one of the most intractable crises of our time. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Films on Demand Trial Extended

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: January 11, 2012
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Because Films on Demand was experiencing some streaming glitches last Fall, our trial has been extended.  It’s running smoothly now, so give it a try.

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Philadelphia Business Journal Subscription

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: January 3, 2012
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

I’m pleased to announce the addition of online access to the Philadelphia Business Journal.  This is great news as this weekly is a key public source of business intelligence about our region.  The Business Journal publishes 39 additional city business papers and we have access to those as well.   Job Listings and local business directories are handy features that come with the subscription.

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New Human Resource Titles

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: November 21, 2011
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

These are a sampling of recent additions to our collection on Human Resource Development.  Most of them are ebooks to accommodate students balancing work and school and for those in the distance learning program.

Emerging Themes in International Management of Human Resources

 

 

 

 

 

Supervision in Coaching:  Supervision, Ethics and Continuous Professional Development

 

 

 

 

Human Resource Management in Small Business:  Achieving Peak Performance

 

 

 


Socio-Cultural Impacts of Workplace E-Learning:  Epistemology, Ontology and Pedagogy

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Multitasking on Trial

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: November 16, 2011
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

We know you do it.  Heck, we do it too.  There is even a host of researchers out there studying and publishing books about it.  The library wants to make it even easier to do…with downloadable audiobooks!

Wouldn’t you like to download an audio book for one of your classes and listen to it while on a long run this evening?  Or how about listening while eating breakfast or driving home for the weekend?  We know that busy graduate students are downloading audio books and “reading” during commutes, because they tell us so.

EBSCOhost one of the library’s vendors is now offering downloadable audio books.  The audio books can be downloaded to your computer and transferred to either your ipod or MP3 player after installing a EBSCOhost download manager application and creating an EBSCOhost account.  Access to the audio file would vary by check out time.  Our trial only includes a few titles, but the titles available via a library subscription would be much expanded.   For instance the business collection includes classic titles such as The Wealth of Nations and recent bestsellers such as Sorkin’s Too Big to Fail or Jeffrey Sach’s End of Poverty Let us know what you think!


 

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Philadelphia Business Journal Trial

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: October 12, 2011
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Think globally, act locally has been used in a wide variety of contexts.  For students and faculty at VSB it could be translated into keeping abreast of business developments in our town and around the world.  Reading the Philadelphia Business Journal ,the WSJ and Financial Times, the other national and international campus wide business papers, may be one way to do just that.  And it may get easier….

We have a month long trial to the Philadelphia Business Journal and  its 39 sister publications from the American City Business Journals.  The Philadelphia Business Journal is the only business paper in our region.   A subscription would provide full text searchable access to 10 years worth of archives, digital replicas of the print publications, and the rankings found in Book of Lists.  At present the library provides access to Regional BusinessNews via EBSCO, but unfortunately bizjournals and are not included there.

Please let me know if you think we should invest in a site license.

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