BUS 961, 962, 963, 964, 993

April 4, 2013

This is the Library's report on the newly proposed PhD courses in the Faculty of Business Administration.  The proposed courses are as follows:

BUS 961: Selected Topics in Innovation
BUS 962: Selected Topics in Globalization/Emerging Markets
BUS 963: Selected Topics in Capital/Risk Management
BUS 964: Selected Topics in Sustainability
BUS 993: Candidacy Exam

The SFU Library currently collects widely in most areas of Business Administration, providing a wide breadth of materials for all levels of research. 

BUS 961, 963, & 993 require no additional resources for the library to support them. 

As the Faculty widens their scope of research and courses offered, the Library does its best to respond with adjustments to our collection development activities within the confines of our existing budget.  Occasionally, we lack the resources to keep up with such changes in the manner we would like to. 

The addition of PhD courses in the areas of Globalization/Emerging Markets (BUS 962) and Sustainability (BUS 964) highlight two notable gaps in our collection that we are unable to fill with existing budget allocations.

BUS 962: Topics in Globalization/Emerging Markets

The SFU Library is actively collecting monographs in the areas of Globalization and Emerging Markets, and we provide access to a sufficient number of journals to support research in this area. 

The collections gap here is a lack of useful case studies.  Cases are increasingly important in business research and the Library has a recommendation to fill this gap with a product suitable for researchers from the Undergraduate to the PhD/Faculty level. 

The Emerging Markets Case Study Collection would fill this gap.

From the website:

Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies (EEMCS) is an online collection of peer-reviewed case studies focusing on business decision making and management development throughout key global emerging markets.

Cases are written by case writers working in or closely with developing economies, offering local perspectives with global appeal.

EEMCS was developed in 2011 in response to increasing demand from business educators and practitioners for quality-controlled teaching cases focusing on global emerging markets. The collection receives regular content updates throughout the year and all cases benefit from a supportive peer-review process to ensure the highest quality content.

For more information, please see:  http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/case_studies/

Ongoing Costs for BUS 962: $4,887/year

BUS 964: Topics in Sustainability

The SFU library is also actively collecting monographs in the area of Sustainability and again provides access to a sufficient number of journals to support research in this area. 

What we are lacking is a standard Sustainability resource with comprehensive and quality-controlled corporate data and analysis on a broad range of social and environmental issues, including aboriginal and community issues, corporate governance, diversity in the workplace, employee relations, environmental performance, ethical business practices, human rights issues, product safety, and involvement in alcohol, gambling, nuclear energy, pornography, tobacco, and weapons-related production.

To fill this gap, the Library strongly recommends adding the Sustainalytics Global Platform to our collection.

From the website:

The Sustainalytics Global Platform . . . provides online access to high quality, relevant and timely environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and analysis in an easy to use interface.

Sustainalytics provides clients with comprehensive analysis on corporate ESG performance. Combined with the platform's easy to access tools to identify sector specific ESG risks and opportunities, the Sustainalytics platform enables users to benchmark company performance, identify securities for investment or for exclusion, pinpoint specific topics for engagement, and integrate ESG into the  investment decision-making process.

For more information please see:  http://www.sustainalytics.com/sustainalytics-global-platform

Pricing for this product is based on FTE count and desired "universe," - ie. Canadian - S&P/TSX Composite, Top 1000 US by market capitalization and /or Global - MSCI Standard Developed Markets Index.

With a current FTE count of 20,203, pricing for the various indices is as follows:
.32 cents for Canadian = $6,465/year
.50 cents for Canadian and US = $10,102/year
.70 cents for Canadian, US and MSCI Standard Global Index (developed Markets) = $14,142/year
$1.00 for all the indices (Canadian, US, MSCI Standard Global Index plus other non-North American and non-MSCI markets, please see attached spreadsheet for details) = $20,203/year

Ongoing costs for BUS 964: $20,203/year for the full product

Total Ongoing Library costs for BUS 962 & 964: $25,090/year