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Begin your research by determining the company type, public or private, domestic or international. Also try to find a company's corporate relationships, i.e. parent company, subsidiary or division. You may use Wikipedia for this information.
Public or publicly traded company: Trades on a stock market and sells stock to the public; Required by the federal government and most state governments to disclose company information, such as operational and financial data.
Private or privately held company: Owned by a set of individuals (sole proprietor, partners, etc.); Does not sell stock to the public, and normally exempt from disclosing company information.
Parent company: Operates and controls other separately chartered businesses.
Subsidiary: A separately chartered business that is owned or controlled by another company.
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Books and eBooks
Books provide in-depth coverage of a particular topic. Follow this link to see where you can find books and ebooks in the HPU Libraries.
Journal articles & Databases
Databases compile articles, books, essays, chapters, images, conference proceedings, and more from various sources. Follow this link to see articles, databases and journals that are relevant to your research.
Collecting detailed information on private companies can be tricky. Private companies are not traded on any stock exchange, and they are not required to publicly share financial information. As a general rule, they also do not have to file with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.
A case study tells what happened to and in a business over time. Case studies allow you to learn about real-world organizational problems and how they can be addressed. They challenge and develop your problem-solving abilities. In general, case studies can be found in both scholarly and non-scholarly business journals, and also on the websites of business consulting groups.
Annual Reports & SEC Filings
Annual reports are tools used to analyze a public company's quality and profitability. They are used primarily by investors to determine whether to buy, hold, or sell stocks (shares of ownership in a company). Annual reports are often found on corporate websites under the "Investors" section. They are also available through our databases, such as MergentOnline.
Financial ratios are an essential source of information for analyzing company financial data. By comparing the ratios to previous years and to other businesses in the same industry, it is possible to make judgments about a firm's basic financial health and to determine operating trends.
Other Online Resources
While many scholarly resources require a library subscription to access full-text, there are also relevant websites for organizations, associations, and other interest groups that are helpful in research.