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MGT-120: Management and Organizational Behavior (Traci Brady)

Research Guide for Management and Organizational Behavior

Guide purpose

This guide will help you find the best research sources for your semester paper. In the boxes below, suggested search tools are bold and hyperlinked in blue.

From your syllabus: your research paper assignment

This is to be an original team research paper on a company selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s 2018 Top 100 Best Companies to Work For. This paper is to be word processed, double spaced in research format with proper citation.   The paper is to be a minimum of ten pages in length.  It must have a bibliography with at least 10 sources, as well as, citations in the body.  The paper should be divided into the sections noted in the Semester Paper Scoring Rubric.  Each of these topics will be covered during this class.  You should review the relevant chapters in the textbook as you prepare each section of the paper. This paper will require current information about the company via Internet, journals and periodicals, newspapers or annual reports.  You also must justify why you think this company made the top 100 list. 

As a team of 5, select a company in Fortune’s Top 100 Companies to Work For.  Your project should include sections for all areas noted in the following rubric with discussion of challenges and opportunities in each area.  Your paper should include reference to at least 10 sources of secondary data (although you may find you have many more).  Your group will submit one semester paper and make a presentation to the class.  

Best bet tools for your semester paper

You can efficiently find the information required by your semester paper rubric using a couple of the library's search tools. 


  • products
  • services
  • size
  • sales
  • Industry
  • leadership
  • Top 3 competitors


  • Forecasts (demographic and economic environment)
  • Competitive information
  • Global information
  • Other useful information (depends on your company and industry)

Ebsco’s Business Source Premier or Business Full Text

  • Industry (using NAICs code) + Law
  • Company + social responsibility
  • Company + strategy
  • Examples of SWOT analyses for like companies

Researching company information

Once you have chosen your company, you first stop for company information will be Hoover's Online, a library business search tool that has company, industry, and market information. 

Here's a short video that shows a few Hoover's Online features:


Statista is your next stop. Statista might have other information that you might need to research items on your rubric such as demographic environment, competitive analysis, and global presence.

Sections to look out for in Statista:

Statistics: clearly presented data points related to your company

Forecasts and Surveys: projections for sales, revenue, prices, and other information, survey results conducted by Statista and partners

Topics: collected information on specific demographic groups, industries, or other collected data

Dossiers: quick quantitative overview of a topic

Additional Studies: can give you an idea of other questions being asked about your topic

Expert tools - markets: provide more granular forecasts for different market segments

First, try a search for your company name. Statista might have useful statistics that pertain directly to your company.

The library has several search tools that may make this research quicker and more efficient than Google. Business Source Premier is an excellent bet. 

You can combine the NAICS code search with rubric elements such as "legal," "political," and "technology" and limit by date to see information about how the legal, political, and technological environment is affecting the industry you're researching. 

Here's a short video that shows how to do a search using the NAICS code and company name to get useful information quickly and efficiently. 

Researching industry information

To find broader industry information, try the library's search tool, First Research. First research has extremely useful information including industry information such as

  • industry overview,
  • recent industry news,
  • forecast,
  • quarterly updates,
  • critical issues,
  • trends,
  • opportunities, and other information.

Again, a pro tip is to use Hoover's to find your company's NAICS code to quickly find more industry information. 

To research the political and legal environment of an industry, try a search in Hoover's Online to find a business' NAICS code. Then try a search in Business Search Premier using the NAICS code and a search word like "legal" or "political" to look at articles about the legal, political, and regulatory environment in that industry. A SWOT analysis for the industry may also provide this information. 

Here's a short video that shows how to do this search. 

Finding Business News

You will need to find recent news articles for your Management Today projects, and the library has suggestions for a few tools that will help. 

Google News is a good source for recent news. You can limit to business news and try your search words. Below is a quick video on how to make the most of Google News.

Business Source Premier and Business Full Text, are both good sources for news. You can try your search words at the top and then limit the search by date and type of publication. There's a short video below that shows how to do this. 


Semester Paper Requirements

As a part of your assignment, you need to research several aspects of your chosen company. From your syllabus:

Introduction:  Report on the company history, products & services, locations, size, sales, industry, etc.
Political-Legal Environment: Research the laws that impact this industry.
Demographic Environment: Research the demographic shifts in the US and how they influence the availability (or change) of customers and employees.
Economic Environment: Research the US economic indicators and economic predictions, and potential impact.
Social-Cultural Environment: Research US societal and industry trends, and impact on industry
Technological Environment: Research technology use in the company including operations, marketing, communications and more.
Competitive Analysis: Research 3 top competitors. Report sales, locations, # of employees, history, business model for each.  How is each competitor similar to and different from the company studied?
Global Presence: Choose one country where the company has the largest presence and report on their global strategy, workforce, and external environmental factors that influence their business model in that country.  If your company does not have a global presence, choose one country where you think would make the most sense for global expansion and report on the requirement above.  Explain why you think this would be a good country for expansion.
Social Responsibility: Research the company’s sustainability, green management, and philanthropic efforts. Report on how the company encourages ethical behavior.
Corporate Strategy: Report the company’s mission, vision, goals, business model, and competitive advantage. Is this company’s strategy based on growth, development, diversification, etc.?
Organizational Structure: Include and explain the company’s organizational chart, discuss the chain of command, and explain how the company is structured (functional, geographic, by customer, by product, etc.)
Human Resources: Research the # of employees, the recruitment and selection process (tools and resources used), training & orientation for new employees, compensation and benefits offered compared to industry standards. Describe any perks offered.
Managing Employees: Report on any evidence of how employees are motivated.  How is information communicated? Provide examples of upward, downward, lateral, or diagonal communications. Explain how the organization uses teams.  How diverse is the organization? How does the organization promote and support diversity? How would you describe the organizational culture?
Leadership: Who are top managers? What are their backgrounds (academic, experience) and what evidence can you find of their leadership styles?
Control Process: Report on organizational performance against stated goals. How are employee evaluated (MBO? 360? How often? By whom?) Report on the financial performance of the organization over the last 3 years.  How does the organization control quality? Describe corporate governance.

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