We now have this fine 4 volume set!!!

Michael Porter : critical evaluations in business and management

Wood, John C.; Wood, Michael C.

London ; New York : Routledge 2010

Available at UM Duluth Library Book (HD30.28 .M4955 2010 )

Title: Michael Porter : critical evaluations in business and management
Contributor: Wood, John C. ; Wood, Michael C.
Subjects: Porter, Michael E., 1947- ; Strategic planning ; Management ; Competition, International
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge
Related Titles: Series: Critical evaluations in business and management
Language: English

Date: 2010
Format: 4 v. : ill. ; 24 cm.

"Michael Porter (b. 1947) has been described by The Economist as 'the doyen of living management gurus'. Boldly introducing the language and concepts of economics into management theory, his work has focused on how a firm (or a region) can build a competitive advantage and develop a competitive strategy.

Supplemented with the editors' introduction, which places the gathered work in its historical and intellectual context, this new four-volume collection from Routledge brings together the best and most influential critical writing on Porter."

Format: Hardcover, 1752 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 25 September 2009

Thanks !!!

Our ReferenceUSA database has improved!


We have some new enhancements to our ReferenceUSA database... and some are kinda cool.

They have a lot more companies in the database now, and they can do consumer mapping.... of great interest is the new section they have added in many of the records about job openings... you cannot search directly for that content at this time, but there are tricks to help to focus in on it. Right now only the IE and Chrome databases seem to work for that Job openings section.

I am hoping I can convince their company rep to come and visit us in the Fall and give a presentation on this amazing source... a lot of people forget all the various ways it can be used.

Also, for now, this list of videos may be helpful to those of you who want to learn more right now:

And you may want to watch this video too:

If you have questions, please email or call me.

Thanks !!!

Our SRDS Database has improved!


Our SRDS Database has changed and greatly improved its interface, and it has improved its content. SRDS is important to anyone putting together an advertising plan... you may want to go to the database and play with it:

and you may want the study the email below with its several links. In particular, you may want to view this short video:

If you have questions, please email or call me.

Thanks !!!

New Dashboards in our GMID Passport Database


you can watch this recorded Webinar below by following these instructions.

Here is a recording of our "Passport Dashboards: Innovative Visual Presentations" webinar that took place on Wednesday, June 6.

Password: Euromonitor1

It is about 35 minutes long, and you can skim it if you like. I would like you to get some idea what this new dashboard can provide. As you know our GMID provides great detailed reports about industries, products, and companies. It also provides an array of demographic and economic data. These new dashboards, however, add a new dimension to this data. I highly recommend you watch this to better understand what the GMID can do. Also, as you will see in this recorded webinar, some of these dashboard searches can provide information of interest to health, social sciences, social work and such.

I recommend it.

After you watch this presentation, you may want to try out the dashboard in our GMID. It is located on our Launch Pad, or directly, here:

Company Reports and Overviews


In a recent issue of Business Week there is a most interesting article about a very very successful Minnesota-based company, Fastenal:

This is an excellent example of a small start-up doing well. Very well! This is entrepreneurship at its best!!

The Fastenal article brought my attention to a company I had not thought about before. So I did what I always do:

The Wikipedia is usually a great starting point for basics, definitions, links, clues and context, although we do have to be wary of its informal origins.

If you want to know a lot more about a company, particularly in established and recognized sources, you will need to search for information on our UMD Library business databases:

The first step is to look for company reports and overviews. I have become aware that some reports are better known than others, so I encourage you to look at each and understand what they can do for you.

Our major reports & overviews sources are:

Datamonitor via our Business Source Premier database with its famous SWOT Analysis.

Analyst Reports via our MorningStar database with unique focused insight.

Standard & Poor's Reports via our NetAdvantage database

Mergent Pre-Defined Reports via our Mergent Online database

Hoover's In-Dept Reports via our Lexis-Nexis Academic database

Company Histories via our Business & Company Resource Center database

Annual Reports via our Mergent Online database

Investment Reports, like "Valu Engine" via our Business & Company Resource Center database

Moody's Mergent Manuals, with annual summaries back to 1909, via our Mergent/Moody's database.

Value Line, provides long respected analysis, but is not yet online at UMD, access it at: Value Line

Fastenal, like many other B2B companies, does not show up on some of our consumer/marketing databases like GMID PassPort or Mintel. But many B2C company reports are on these databases..

For future reference, please also consult our Company Overview Reports FAQ page.

I hope that you will become more aware of our useful company overview reports by taking time to look at each one.. If you have any questions or comments, please email or call.

Most appreciated!

Thanks !!!

"Job Search" and "Databases after Graduation"


We have complied two new FAQ's of interest to all LSBE students:

Can I access the databases after graduation?

Job Search with UMD Library Databases

Thanks !!!

SBRnet is now available !!


I have good news! Here at UMD we now have access to a new database called SBRnet.

We have new capability here. SBRnet covers a gap in our searching resources. This database should be particularly valuable for our new Sports Marketing course, however, the information in this database could be useful to anyone doing research on sports business topics, or sports products, or even business economics.

SBRnet provides resources related to the business of sports including industry-developed market research, government statistics, facility reports and news, international market publications, customized research, and directories.

SBRnet's site combines market research from the largest single research supplier to the industry, the National Sporting Goods Association; the U.S. Department of Commerce; various sports governing bodies; and full-text articles from 14 magazines and newsletters published by VNU, the world's largest sporting goods trade publisher, and newsletters provided by leading independent industry experts.

SBRnet can be accessed from our UMD Library Homepage Database section and it is linked in numerous spots on our Business Research Launch Pad.

You may want to access it from this page with its related links:

or, directly, here.

If you have any questions or comments, please give me a call.

Thanks !!!

We now have BizMiner !


I have good news! Here at UMD we now have access to a new database called BizMiner.

We have new capability here. This database will help people in business start-ups, industry analysis, economic analysis, ratio analysis, and benchmarking. This database should be valuable for all our LSBE Departments.

BizMiner offers industry financial analysis benchmarks for over 5,000 lines of business and industry market trends on thousands more. Their market analysis reports are available at the national and local levels down to the zip code. BizMiner is a great resource to use when developing business plans, or for any sort of entrepreneurship initiatives where you need to measure peer performance in an industry. Types of reports:
Industry Financial Profiles
U.S. & Local Market Research Reports (includes business failure rates)
Area Demographic Profiles
Sole Proprietor/Startup Profit & Loss
Local Market Vitality Profile

BizMiner can be accessed from our UMD Library Homepage Database section and it is linked in numerous spots on our Business Research Launch Pad. You may want to access it from this page with its related links:

or, directly, here:

If you have any questions or comments, please give me a call.

Thanks !!!

Searching for, and Accessing Books: Major Improvements


I would like to point out three important developments in our ability to search for and access book information.


First: We now have our "Get-It" Service:

What does this mean? It means that you can now use this catalog:

and search all U of MN campuses just as you would our campus. You can mark "Get-It" for any circulating book held at any campus, including UMD, and it will be pulled and held for you at our Circulation desk. UMD requests are filled within one day and requests from other campuses can take 2 to 4 working days. This is faster than Inter Library Loan as there is no intermediary processing your request. This is available for faculty, staff and students. FREE! All University of Minnesota book resources are now at your finger tips!!

And we still have our Inter Library Loan Service for sources not in our University system:


How do you find books not owned by the University of Minnesota? Use our WorldCat database, which is directly linked to our UMD Inter Library Loan system.

In the past two years, the WorldCat database has grown 100% and now contains over 200 million records (including books, media and archival records):

You can access the WorldCat on my Launch Pad or directly here:

Google Books:

Located here:

While the WorldCat is currently a much larger database, Google Books allows all scanned words in every book to be searched. You can find the needle in the haystack, and often you view some scanned pages for context.

And, Google Books plans on growing!

June 2010:Google passes 12 million books scanned.

August 2010: It was announced that Google intends to scan all known existing 129,864,880 books by the end of the decade, accounting to over 4 billion digital pages and two trillion words in total.

If you have questions or comments, please call or email.


Library Offers New "Get It!" Service

Library Offers New Get It! Service

Did you know that the library will now pull your books for you? A new service called "Get It!" will provide system-wide paging and direct lending of library materials, starting with the UMD and Twin Cities University Libraries.

Besides the benefit of having materials pulled and held for you at the Circulation desk, Get It! offers the ability to manage renewals through "Your Account" on the UMD Library Web site, enjoy longer loan periods, and renew multiple times as long as items are not recalled by others. Users can choose the most convenient pickup or return campus location for each request. UMD and all of the larger campus libraries on the Twin Cities campus are current options.

You can search the MNCAT all-campus catalog, check the availability of holdings throughout the UM system, and then click "Get It / Recall" to order an available copy or recall one that is checked out. The item will be shipped via courier if coming from another campus location.

For more information, go to, stop at the Circulation desk, or contact Paul Hanson in the UMD Get It!/Recall office, (, 218-726-6566).

Is Interlibrary Loan Still Available?

Yes! You will still need to use ILLiad to request articles and materials that aren't available at UMD or elsewhere in the University of Minnesota system. However, if the item you need is owned by one of the participating UM Libraries, you will find that Get It! is the better service to use.

STAT-USA -- Substitute Sources


As you know, we lost our STAT-USA database on October 1st, as the Department of Commerce ceased its operations. Most, but not all, of that content is available on various federal web pages for free, but it is scattered. STAT-USA brought all that together in one place.

Now a librarian at the University of Central Florida has created a LibGuide to act as a substitute. It is located here:
(Note this is a complex Guide with many tabs and options.)

The information and data linked on this LibGuide are very important for people doing research in economics and international business.

Two of the most requested data sources (at UMD) are:

Country Commercial Guides


International Market Research

(These are GREAT sources for international business research! If you are unfamiliar with them, please take a look.)

I will be linking the LibGuide, and the two above sources, on my "Business Research Launch Pad".

If you have questions or comments, please email, or call.


The New Business Research Launch Pad


As many of you know, I recently "launched" my new Launch Pad.

It is still located at:

There is much work to be done on it.... editing, revisions, meta tags, jump-downs, images and etc, and that will be finished in the months to come. The site is mostly here and mostly functional.

We tried to make the site easier to maintain and more intuitive for the user. The main page now has:

* How This Site Works

* Starting Points "Which source should I use?"

* FAQs for Business Research

* Course Guides for LSBE Assignments

* Your Library at a Glance -- Locations, Policies, Services

And on the left navigational bar, we have grouped the Launch Pad pages by topic or department and not alphabetically as they were before. Marketing related links, for example, are under the Marketing Department option.

I believe the "FAQ for Business Research" is a very significant improvement. This section will be edited and expanded in the months to come, and I welcome any ideas you may have for this or any other part of the Launch Pad.

If you like the old home page for its links, it is still available at:

I am very thankful to LSBE for the technology grant that made this website upgrade possible. My special thanks to Nik Hassan and his people for their advice, expertise and encouragement. I thank my student assistant, Paul Gearring, for his excellent work and eye for detail. And I very much appreciate Doreen Hansen's work on graphics and last minute advice.

Again, I hope LSBE faculty, staff, and students will find this new "Business Resarch Launch Pad" to be useful.


Good News! EconLit is back!


Weeks ago we lost our EconLit database, as our vendor stopped providing it. Today, we have turned on a new version provided by EBSCO, the same company that provides our "Business Source Premier" database.

It is located here:

and on the Library List of Databases and on my Launch Pad.

EconLit, the American Economic Association's electronic database, is the
world's foremost source of references to economic literature. The database
contains more than 1,010,900 records from 1969-present. Abstracts and Indexing only. Citations are linked to our "FindIt" service.

We are paying more for this source now, so I hope EconLit will be heavily used.

If you have questions or comments, please call or email.


STAT-USA will be discontinued...


I am sad to say that our Federal Government will cease offering its database "STAT-USA" on October 1st.

Currently, and until then, STAT-USA is available here:

STAT-USA contains many sources of information, including the famous "NTDB," and important reports like the "Country Commercial Guides."
If you need this sort of international marketing information, I encourage you to work with this database now while we have it.

I understand that many of the reports and data elements currently available in one place at STAT-USA will continue to exist, but will be scattered throughout various agencies. Some maybe available for free, and some may require payment. I also understand, at some point, the Department of Commerce may put together a web page that will point to these various sources. When that becomes available, I will inform you and post the link on my Web Site.

If you have questions, please call or email me.


New Database -- IFS Online


Good News!!

We have managed to convert our paper subscription and CD-ROM subscription of "International Financial Statistics" to their Online version.

It is now called "IFS Online," and it can be accessed here:

It is also linked on the UMD Library database page, and it will be linked on my Launch Pad.

This database is produced by the International Monetary Fund, and will be of interest to Economists and international business.

"International financial statistics (IFS) is the International Monetary Fund's principal statistical publication and has been published in printed form since 1948. Our Online version has a complete backfile, and contains data sets for most Fund members, as well as for Aruba, the Netherlands Antilles, and Switzerland. It provides time series data covering approximately 26,000 economic concepts which show major economic aggregates used in the analysis of economic developments and includes data on the following topics: balance of payments, banking and financial systems, employment, exchange rates, Fund position, government finance, interest rates, international liquidity and banking, national accounts, population, prices, production, and trade."

You can search this at your office or home 24/7.

If you have questions or comments, please call or email.


World Development Indicators


I recently learned that a very important resource," World Development Indicators", which we have in paper and CD-ROM:

is now available ONLINE for FREE:

Now anyone needing this information can access this data at home, day or night.

This data is particularly useful for people in Economics or anyone doing country analysis for international business. The data goes back to 1960 (when available), can be exported to Excel, and graphs can viewed as well.

Soon this link will appear on our UMD Library's List of Databases, and by tomorrow or so, it will be listed on my Launch Pad.

This is a great resource! If you have questions or comments, please call or email.


Lifestyle Market Analyst and the New SRDS Database


I have some bad news and some very, very, very, good news that is tinged
with a tiny bit of bad news.

the bad news: as some of you know SRDS stopped selling the paper edition
of its Lifestyle Market Analyst

the latest edition we have in our Reference Collection is 2008. The data
in this easy to use printed source is still relevant, and students doing
research are still using it. The loss of this vital reference source
pushed us to find sources that could replace this information

And now the good news: the SRDS people now publish this information in
their SRDS database, which now includes local and national Lifestyle data
in addition to their advertising data, sources and prices. That
information can be described like this:

"Provides media rates and data for the advertising industry, listing
advertising rates, editorial or programming content, circulation and other
basic information for a variety of advertising media, including radio,
television, newspapers, and consumer magazines."

We managed to make a very very good joint deal with the Twin Cities
campus. In our current situation we could not afford this database
directly. I thank our Library Director, Bill Sozansky for his outstanding
ability to make great deals!

The new database is now listed in our Library's list of databases, and
will be soon listed on my Launch Pad. It can be directly accessed here:

And here is the "How to" PDF:

and the TINGE OF BAD NEWS IS: this database is clunky. I recommend
playing with it (a lot) to get comfortable with it.

MORE GOOD NEWS: On the Lifestyle Analyst side of this database there is a
lot more information than in the printed volume. You can look at a DMA
like Duluth-Superior, get an overview of the region, see the map, look at
the information on a county basis... see demographics, lifestyle markers
and psychographics... much more than we had in the printed volume.

If you study what is there, in some respects, this could become a
replacement for our lost MediaMark Reporter. This is very good news,
indeed. The data in this SRDS product seems to be coming from this source:

If you have students working on assignments who need this sort of data,
please pass this information on to them.

Also, if you have any questions or comments, call or email, me.


New Lexis-Nexis interface


Our Lexis-Nexis Academic database has changed the look of its initial
interface. It is located here:

Note that other searching options are available under the "Power Search" as
well as the options offered on the blue buttons on the Left Navigation

If you use Lexis, I suggest you play with it to get familiar with the new
arrangement. This new interface is a mixed bag. For example, it is now far
easier to find a company report. The "Accounting" subsection is now less
apparent, hiding in subjects. It easy to find a particular case now, but the
rest of Lexis Legal is to be found in the blue Left Nav.

Lexis's focus groups have told them, that in general, this new interface is
easier for students to use. However, because Lexis is so large, it is
important for frequent users to become acquainted with the layout.

Here are other LN (micro) searches that are available -- See below. You can
place these on your webpages or Moodle. I will be adding these to my Launch


New source for SWOT Analysis


Just a few days ago, I happened to discover that our "Business & Company
Resource Center"

now offers a SWOT Analysis on many of the larger corporations in their
database. Subsidiaries and smaller companies tend to not have SWOTs. These
SWOTs can be found by doing a company search, say, Sara Lee, and then
selecting the right company (SLE) and in the Company Profile tab, right at
the top, there is a rectangular blue box that links the PDF. These SWOTs
are provided by "Global Market Direct."

I have compared this Sara Lee SWOT to the Sara Lee SWOT found in our
Datamonitor reports accessed through our "Business Source Premier" database,
and they ARE different. There are some similarities too.

Anyway, I thought you might be interested in this, and if you have students
doing research, you may want to pass this information on to them.

If you have any questions, please give me a call, or email.


Comparing Companies.


Sometimes when students are doing research, they need to compare the
financials of one company to another. I am about to add the section below
to my new "FAQ" list. I hope it will be of help to people doing company

Comparing Companies

On occasion you may need to compare financial, or other data, of one company
to another. We have three financial databases that offer comparison options.

In our Lexis Nexis Academic database,
when you go into the database, note the blue area on the left column. Click
on the "Companies" option, and then click on the "Dossier Compare Companies"
option. When you do that, you will have to option of comparing five
different companies to each other.

In our Business & Company Resource Center database,
begin by searching for a company, say, Sara Lee. Once you find the right
company via a Company search option, then click on the "Financials" tab. At
this point you will see financial information for Sara Lee, but you will
also have the option of comparing Sara Lee to a selected list of competitors
or up to five companies of your choice. Note the option on the upper part
of the page.

And, in our Mergent Online database,
you click on the "Enter Mergent Online" button. Then you select a company,
say, Sara Lee. And then you can check the small box to the left of the
company name. Directly above the box, several lines up, there is the phrase
"Click here to add the currently selected companies." When you do that, the
selected company goes into the "Company Analysis List" located on the upper
right corner of the web page. You can collect up to 500 companies in this
list. When you click on "(Expand)" you will have the ability to set up your
comparison criteria.

If you need additional help in using these databases to compare companies,
please give me a call. I am happy to answer your questions.


FAQs: Frequently Asked (Business Research) Questions


I have been working on a re-design of my Business Research Launch Pad, and
an important part of that will be a new section I am calling:

"FAQs: Frequently Asked (Business Research) Questions"

located here:

I have been working on this for some time, and it is not yet complete. But
as the semester is almost at an end, I would like you to look this web page
over. I would like your comments. Do you see FAQs that can be improved,
and if so, how? Do you see FAQs that should be there but are not there?

It is my hope that this page will help students, or anyone doing business
research, to quickly see where the most important sources are for any
particular problem.

I appreciate your assistance.


ReferenceUSA Mapping!


I have good new for users of our ReferenceUSA database located at:

and on my Business Research Launch Pad page.

ReferenceUSA has turned on their new mapping features, and we are among the
first libraries to see them. They are so new, they do not even have
instructions or promotional materials on them. There are a number of
mapping related enhancements, and I will try to list and explain.

There are a number of ways to interact with the mapping.
For example, do a search on "Bulldog Pizza." When you find our Bulldog
Pizza, note that you can do a radius search. Put in 1 mile, and click on
find similar. You get three hits. Note now that you have a Map option. You
can quickly see where they are located.

Next, do a Custom search, and do a search on "Geography." Check on
"Neighborhood." Then select"Minnesota" then "Duluth', then "Congdon". (WE
CAN NOW SEARCH NEIGHBORHOODS!!!) Now you have the 160 businesses in
Congdon. Now Click on the "Map" option, and you can see the locations.

Now, for even more fun, do a fresh search. Enter the Business section,
select custom, then select geography, Now click on "Map Based Search Beta."
Now open the map. You have a Google Map of the USA. In the search box,
select an area, say, Duluth, MN. Notice now you have menu options to "Draw
Shape," or "Define Radius," or "Boundary Select", or etc. Note that you can
draw or create any shape, and see the results in that shape. This is

And as you look the menus over, you will see other types of mapping options
that can be combined with other ReferenceUSA search fields and search

People here at UMD have asked for, dreamed about, such possibilities,for
many, many years, and NOW THEY ARE HERE!!

If you have questions, email or call.


Business Reference Suite No Longer Available

Business Reference Suite was one of the databases we cut during last
Spring's budget cuts. Our subscription ran out at the end of December and
now we have no access. Again, it is my hope, down the road, if our economy
improves, we may be able to regain access to the important sources we cut.

We are removing links to this source on our various pages, however, you
still may run into a link during the next week or two. These links will not
provide access.

Business Reference Suite was strong in the area of trade publications. So
now, as a substitute, I recommend a focus on "Lexis-Nexis Academic" and our
"Business & Company Resource Center" databases. In addition to these some
trade publication like data can also be found in "Business Source Premier"
and "NewsStand."

If you have any questions, please give me a call.


Free EIU Reports

The Economist Intelligence Unit is offering these six reports (FOR FREE) on
the Customer/company relationship with emphasis on the customer experience.
They are PDF documents. All you have to do is clink on the links to view
and read. I hope some of you will find these reports useful:


Conference Proceedings on WorldCat

Two additional databases called "PapersFirst" and "ProceedingsFirst" have
now also been added to results. These two indexes contain
papers from conferences, symposiums and expositions worldwide. Created from
items received by The British Library Document Supply Centre--you'll find
7.4 million published items in English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

If you track specific conferences, or do in-depth research on specific
topics, these materials can bring depth and richness to your research.


access WorldCat on our list of databases:

or directly here:

If you have questions, please contact me.


Library Course Guides

This was our first semester using our new Course Guide system. They are made
possible by a new software our Library has adopted:

And so far, I have produced these Course Guides for LSBE faculty:

I would like feedback on their usefulness.

I would like to know which need to be retained for Spring Semester, and
which can be placed in mothballs for future use.

I would like to know if any of you would like new Course Guides, or edits on
old ones.

If you want a guide for a class, please give me a copy of the library
assignment so I can construct a guide appropriate for your students needs.

If you have questions or comments, please call or email.


UMD Library New Books

Just a reminder that listings of new books (and video) received by the UMD
Library can be found at this link:

or, at the UMD Library Home page:

you can see the link on the lower part of the left column.

In these listings, you can click on the title and see the full catalog

These books are listed in Call Number order, and thus somewhat grouped
together by topic. Most, but not all, business titles would be in the H's.

I hope you will find this useful.


Freedonia Database No Longer Available

Our Freedonia database is no longer available. It was one of our library
budget cuts made last spring. There was a bit of mis-communication. I
thought we were to have access to it until the end of the semester. Instead,
we lost it a couple of weeks ago. I am sorry about this late warning.

The other major database we will lose is our "Business Reference Suite"
database. I am not sure about its ending date, but I will let you know as
soon as I find out.

These two losses are blows to our research capability. However, as all of
our databases are vital or heavily used, we had to choose something. Mintel,
the GMID, and Business & Company Resource Center, and others can cover,
somewhat, for Freedonia. Lexis and B&CRC can cover, somewhat, for Business
Reference Suite. Feel free to contact me if you need information in those

My main concern is the future. These two cuts, bad as they were, left most
aspects of our research capability intact. If we suffer additional cuts in
the future, we may lose unique data for which there is no other coverage.

If you have questions or comments, please email or call.


Course Guides for Library Assignments

The UMD Library has subscribed to a service that allows for the easy
construction of Library Course Guides and other library related pages
through the "LibGuides" software. I recently put one together for
Ahmed Maamoun:

The course guide helps students to connect with specific library resources
for research purposes. As you can see, the links can be annotated to point
out particular database uses.

In my opinion, these course guides function best where there is an
assignment where all the students are working on the same assignment with
very similar needs.

If you are interested in having a course guide for your library assignments,
please let me know. I will need to work with you to discover which
resources should be listed, and how.


Google Books


many have reason to believe that Google's "Google Books" service may be the
one of the most significant development in the realm of information ever.
This article, recommended by our Library Director, Bill Sozansky,
is very informative.