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SFU Library Business Administration collections policy


Coursework and research in the Faculty of Business Administration span all of the various branches of theoretical and practical business administration. Rooted in the real world of business, the Faculty aims to produce broadly educated, analytical, enterprising, and socially responsible managers capable of making lasting contributions to business, government, and society. The SFU Library collects materials in business administration to support the courses, research, and goals of the Faculty of Business Administration.

 
The Faculty of Business Administration offers degrees at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Degrees include a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), a Specialised Master of Business Administration (SMBA), an Executive MBA, an MBA in Management of Technology, an MBA in Global Asset & Wealth Management, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, and a new Master of Financial Risk Management. Research is also carried out at the postgraduate level by PhD students in Business Administration.
 
At the undergraduate level, students may enter the minor, major, or honours programs. Students in the major and honours programs are expected to complete an area of concentration in one or more of Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Iinternational business, Management & Organisation Studies, Management Iinformation Systems, Management of Technology, Management Science, or Marketing. Alternatively, undergraduate students may choose to pursue a joint major combining Business Administration with either Communications, Computing Science, Economics, Geography, Latin American Studies, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, or Psychology.
 
The SMBA program has a subject specialization focus in the following fields of concentration: accounting, finance, human resource development, international business, management science/information systems, marketing, and policy analysis. The MOT-MBA program focuses on the management issues faced by businesses in the high technology business sector. The EMBA program, on the other hand, takes a general management perspective and focuses on organizational and decision-making processes that cut across functional divisions. Similarly, the GDBA program is general in nature: its courses touch on most of the fields of concentration of the MBA.
 
The Faculty is also involved with various organizations such as the Council for North American Business Studies, the International Institute for Business Development headquartered at the Baptist University in Hong Kong, the Scotiabank Resource Centre for Women Entrepreneurs, the W.J. VanDusen BC Business Studies Institute, the SFU-UBC Centre for the Study of Government and Business, and the David See-Chai Lam Centre for International Communication.


 

Subject Specializations

    Accounting
Undergraduate and graduate courses in the Accounting area cover financial, managerial, and international accounting, as well as accounting theory and history. Areas of research interest include accounting information and capital markets, managerial accounting for decision making, international accounting, accounting theory, tax, auditing, accounting ethics, decision modelling, audit judgement, and the behavioural implications of accounting.
Some specific research topics include auditing strategies and auditors' decision-making processes, pricing of initial share offerings of public companies, Canadian tax policy and tax equity, social responsibility accounting, accounting and business ethics, and accounting education.

    Entrepreneurship

Students in the Entrepreneurship area learn to identify market niches, optimize and manage core competencies, acquire capital funding and investment, attract and motivate employees, ascertain customer needs, deliver quality at a cost effective price and make continuous improvements by monitoring progress.

    Finance

All aspects of the finance discipline are represented in both the teaching areas and the research interests of the faculty in the Finance area. Courses cover investment instruments as well as capital market theories, international and corporate finance, and financial institutions.
Research interests and accomplishments among the faculty range from the highly theoretical to the practical, covering such issues as corporate financing and investment, valuation methods, the functioning of capital markets, and individual and institutional investing. Some examples of research topics include models involving options, futures contracts, and other derivative securities. Optimal asset allocation, tests of asset pricing models, the effect of capital gains taxation on security prices, and the efficiency of the market for closed-end funds are also among the topics researched by the faculty members in this group.

    International Business

Because of the multidisciplinary nature of international business studies, students are required to take courses in functional aspects of international business, such as international marketing, international financial management, comparative management and international accounting, in addition to the course on fundamentals of international business.
Research in this area also touches on all other subject areas in the faculty.For example, some research topics include an attempt to improve joint ventures by gaining a better understanding of how people from different cultural backgrounds collaborate within and across organizations, a study of the dynamics of international business negotiations, an analysis of management practices across countries, and international human resource management policies and practices of leading multi-nationals around the world.

    Management & Organization Studies

Research and coursework in the Management & Organization Studies area covers diverse territory, including human resource management, organization development, labour relations, and organizational behaviour.
Typical research fields include how organizations can change through appreciative inquiry, how career structures affect the company's work force, how environment groups develop legitimacy, and how employees can benefit from cooperative behaviour, as well as the effectiveness of health and safety committees, the role of technology champions, and the human resource management implications of wrongful dismissal litigation.

    Management Information Systems

Management Information Systems (MIS) involves the study of information technology (IT) and information systems within an organizational context. Applied and theoretical approaches are taken to topics such as information systems planning, strategic impact of IT, data management, decision support, communications, process redesign, and the ethical implications of  IT.
Examples of research interests of MIS faculty members include the areas of information technology strategy, telecommunications, and data base systems, as well as new business trends such as telecommuting, Inter and Intranets, and business process reengineering.

    Management of Technology

The Management of Technology concentration provides the skills to understand and manage the changes within an organization afforded and often required by technological advancements. Pertinent topics include project management, managing the innovation process, understanding the behavioural dynamics of change, and providing leadership for change.

    Management Science

In the study of management and administrative studies, Management Science (MS) is a relatively new discipline. With new developments in computing technology, both in terms of more powerful hardware and advanced software applications, the area is experiencing rapid change. The core activity of the Management Scientist is to provide structure in the analysis of data so as to improve the decision making process. Such structuring typically takes the form of mathematical or statistical models implemented on a computer.

    Marketing

Courses in this concentration cover the wide range of topics in marketing from consumer behaviour to marketing research, and from business-to-business marketing to marketing and society. Research by members of the Marketing area is in such topics as the application of econometrics to marketing, demand analysis for industrial marketing, political marketing techniques, brand imitation, and retail strategy, in addition to a wide variety of topics in the related areas of marketing and society and marketing and public policy.
Sample marketing research projects include a study of consumer perceptions of trademark infringement, the regulation of advertising in Canada, Canadian firearms legislation, the forces influencing public opinion, multi-objective decision making, the role of brand names in retailers' decision making, and cultural influences on service quality evaluation.

    Policy Analysis

The Policy Analysis area permits students to pursue the study of broad policy issues related to business. Students are encouraged to study policy both from the perspective of corporate managers making strategic decisions, and from the perspective of those responsible for government regulatory policy or management of state-owned enterprises. Courses in business law, government regulation, and the administration of public enterprises also fall within the Policy Analysis area.
Some of the major research areas include strategic analysis, adoption of new technology, natural resource policy, anti-combine law, business ideology, and business ethics. Topics such as cognitive errors in strategic decision-making, on the effects of corporate strategy on organizational survival, and on efficiency in public enterprise are researched by faculty members in the Policy Analysis area.
 
Collection development is the responsibility of the Business Liaison Librarian. Liaison with the Faculty of Business Administration is maintained through the Faculty Representative as well as with other faculty members when required. Regular contact with other liaison librarians and teaching departments is nurtured through the sharing of relevant review material.

SFU Resources

The W.A.C. Bennett Library is the major location for the University's business administration collection. The Belzberg Library at the Harbour Centre Campus houses materials of particular interest to the graduate business programs. In addition, due to the multidisciplinary nature of the field, there is a wide overlap with other SFU Library collections such as Economics, Communications, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Psychology.

Regional Resources

The University of British Columbia also has a large Business Administration (Commerce) collection representing many branches of the discipline. In addition, the Central Branch of Vancouver Public Library has a significant collection with a strong focus on practical issues in business, and on the business history and climate of Greater Vancouver and British Columbia.

Consortia and Document Delivery

SFU belongs to three consortia (Electronic Library Network; Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries; and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries). Document delivery agreements exist with all three of these consortia which allow delivery of journal articles and books from these libraries in a timely manner. Holdings and direct requesting from over 40 libraries are accessible through the Interlibrary Loan web page and from many databases.

General Collection Guidelines

Languages: The emphasis is on the acquisition of materials in English.
Chronological guidelines: As the collection supports both historical and current research, materials covering all chronological periods will be collected. Emphasis will, however, be on materials whose subjects focus on the present and the recent past.
Geographical guidelines: The international nature of the Business Administration coursework and research mandates that materials dealing with all countries and regions be collected. There will, in addition, be specific focuses on materials that concern British Columbia and Canada.
Treatment of subject: All available treatments of the subject will be collected to varying degrees. These include statistical, social, historical, economic, legal, etc.
Types of materials: Collecting is split between books and journals. There is a growing emphasis on ejournals, ebooks, and other Internet resources.
Date of publication: Emphasis is on current publications. Retrospective acquisitions are normally reserved for the replacement of important titles which have deteriorated or disappeared.
Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: None at this time.
Other factors for consideration: None at this time.

Subjects and Levels of Collecting

The following table lists the main subjects collected by the SFU Library in support of the Business Administration teaching areas and research interests. Subjects listed are collected to varying depths. The method in which the library selects books on each subject is listed in the second column of the table. A designation of “Books” in this column means that items which fit the General Guidelines (above) for the subject in question are sent on an approval basis to the library. In such cases, a significant portion of the books on that topic will be acquired for the collection. A designation of “Forms,” on the other hand, means that only brief descriptions of the books on the subject in question are sent to the library. The liaison librarian, often with the assistance of the faculty representative or other faculty members, then selects the relevant items for acquisition by the library.
1.Humanities Division
a.Law division
i.Trade regulation division
(1)Trade regulation - general
Forms
(2)Antitrust laws
Forms
(3)Fair trade laws
Forms
(4)Price fixing
Forms
(5)Regulated industries
Forms
ii.Taxation law division
(1)Taxation law – general
Forms
(2)Income tax law
Forms
(3)Property tax law
Forms
(4)Gift & estate tax law
Forms
(5)Sales tax law
Forms
(6)Other tax law
Forms
(7)Tax courts
Forms
(8)Tax avoidance
Forms
(9)Tax evasion
Forms
iii.Intellectual & industrial property law division
(1)Intellectual & industrial prop law - general
Forms
(2)Copyright law
Forms
(3)Trademarks
Forms
(4)Patents & inventions
Forms
iv.Trusts & trustees division
(1)Trusts & trustees - general
Forms
(2)Charitable trusts
Forms
(3)Cy pres
Forms
(4)Foundations (Law)
Forms
v.Securities (Law) division
(1)Securities (Law) - general
Forms
(2)Blue sky laws
Forms
(3)Securities regulations
Forms
(4)Securities & exchange commissions
Forms
(5)Commodities (Law)
Forms
vi.Property law division
(1)Property law - general
Forms
(2)Personal property (Law)
Forms
(3)Gifts (Law)
Forms
(4)Bailment
Forms
(5)Real property (Law)
Forms
(6)Conveyancing
Forms
(7)Deeds
Forms
(8)Registration/recordation
Forms
(9)Vendor & purchaser
Forms
(10)Future interest
Forms
(11)Mortgages
Forms
(12)Community property law
Forms
(13)Eminent domain
Forms
(14)Landlord & tenant
Forms
(15)Leases
Forms
(16)Titles to land
Forms
(a)Torrens system
Forms
vii.Labor law division
(1)Labor law - general
Forms
(2)Labor relations law
Forms
(3)Labor unions (Law)
Forms
(4)Collective bargaining (Law)
Forms
(5)Wages & hours laws
Forms
(6)Labor arbitration (Law)
Forms
(7)Labor courts & boards
Forms
viii.Creditor's rights division
(1)Creditor's rights - general
Forms
(2)Debtor & creditor
Forms
(3)Garnishment & attachment
Forms
(4)Bankruptcy law
Forms
(5)Conditional sales
Forms
(6)Chattel mortgages
Forms
(7)Hire-purchase
Forms
(8)Suretyship & guarantee
Forms
(9)Liens
Forms
(10)Consumer protection law
Forms
ix.Commercial law division
(1)Commercial law - general
Forms
(2)Uniform commercial code
Forms
(3)Law of sales
Forms
(4)Negotiable instruments
Forms
(5)Commercial arbitration
Forms
(6)Business law
Forms
x.Business associations (Law) division
(1)Business associations (Law) - general
Forms
(2)Partners & partnerships
Forms
(3)Co-operatives (Law)
Forms
(4)Not-for-profit corporations
Forms
xi.Corporations (Law) division
(1)Corporations (Law) - general
Forms
(2)Companies (Law)
Forms
(3)Corporate officers & directors
Forms
(4)Stocks & dividends
Forms
(5)Corporate meetings
Forms
(6)Consolidations & mergers
Forms
(7)Corporate reorganization
Forms
(8)Corporate dissolutions
Forms
(9)Close corporations
Forms
(10)Foreign corporations
Forms
(11)Government corporations
Forms
xii.Agency (Law)
Forms
(1)Master & servant
Forms
(2)Real estate brokers (Law)
Forms
xiii.Banks & banking law
Forms
(1)Credit (Law)
Forms
xiv.International trade regulations
Books
xv.Customs administration
Forms
(1)Customs courts
Forms
(2)Foreign licensing
Forms
(3)Trade barriers
Forms
2.Social sciences division
a.Social science research
Books
3.Sociology division
a.Study of groups
Forms
4.Social psychology division
a.Psychology of groups
Forms
b.Leadership
Forms
c.Interpersonal relations
Forms
d.Interpersonal communication
Forms
5.Applied social studies division
a.Social services division
i.Vocational rehabilitation

Forms

b.Applied psychology division

 

i.Industrial psychology

Forms

c.Management
Books
d.Business administration division
i.Business administration – general
Books
(1)Business planning
Books
(2)Business ethics
Books
(3)Business mortality
Books
(4)Business consulting
Books
(5)Business competition
Books
ii.Industrial administration
Books
(1)Location of industries
Books
(2)Industrial security
Books
iii.Specific industries & trades division
(1)Specific industries & trades – general
Forms
(2)Agribusiness
Forms
(3)Aerospace business
Forms
(4)Atomic energy industry
Forms
(5)Automotive industry
Forms
(6)Biotechnology industry
Forms
(7)Chemical industry
Forms
(8)Clothing industry
Forms
(9)Construction industry
Forms
(10)Computer industry
Forms
(11)Defense industry
Forms
(12)Drug industry
Forms
(13)Electric industry
Forms
(14)Entertainment industry
Forms
(15)Financial services industry
Forms
(16)Food & beverage industry
Forms
(17)Hospitality industry
Forms
(18)Machinery industry
Forms
(19)Metals industry
Forms
(20)Mining industry
Forms
(21)Petroleum industry
Forms
(22)Printing & publishing industry
Forms
(23)Textiles industry
Forms
(24)Travel industry
Forms
(25)Service industries
Forms
(26)Other specific industries
Forms
iv.Business executives division
(1)Business executives - general
Books
(2)Management development
Books
(3)Middle management
Books
v.Accounting division
(1)Accounting – general
Books
(2)Financial accounting
Books
(3)Cost accounting
Books
(4)Tax accounting
Books
(5)Auditing
Books
(6)Budgeting
Books
(7)Personnel accounting
Books
vi.Types of business enterprises division
(1)Types of business enterprises - general
Books
(2)Corporations
Books
(3)Trusts & monopolies
Books
(4)Small business
Books
(5)Entrepreneurship
Books
(6)Partnerships
Books
(7)Co-operatives (Business)
Books
(8)Multinational corporations
Books
(9)Self-employed
Books
(10)Not-for-profit organizations
Books
(11)Public utilities
Books
(12)Other business enterprises
Books
vii.Corporate finance
Books
viii.Computers in business
Books
ix.Investments & investing division
(1)Investments & investing – general
Forms
(2)Investing in securities
Forms
(3)Venture capital
Books
(4)Investment trusts
Books
(5)Foreign investments
Books
(6)Investing in commodities
Forms
(7)Investing in real estate
Forms
(8)Institutional investing
Forms
(9)Other forms of investing
Forms
x.Commerce & trade
Books
(1)Export/import trade
Books
xi.Transportation division
(1)Transportation - general
Books
(2)Transportation of people
Books
(3)Transportation of goods
Books
(4)Transportation by air
Books
(5)Transportation by water
Books
(6)Transportation by rail
Books
(7)Transportation by motor
Books
(8)Urban transportation
Books
(9)Shipping of merchandise
Books
xii.Purchasing
Books
xiii.Product management
Books
xiv.Marketing division
(1)Marketing - general
Books
(2)Marketing research
Books
(3)Consumer behavior
Books
(4)Salesmanship
Books
(5)Retailing
Books
(6)Wholesaling
Books
(7)Franchising
Books
(8)Mail order selling
Books
(9)Electronic marketing
Books
xv.Warehousing
Books
xvi.Project management
Books
xvii.Insurance
Forms
xviii.Specific types of insurance
(1)Agricultural insurance
Forms
(2)Auto insurance
Forms
(3)Atomic energy insurance
Forms
(4)Business/industry insurance
Forms
(5)Health insurance
Forms
(6)Liability insurance
Forms
(7)Life insurance
Forms
(8)Annuities (Insurance)
Forms
(9)Casualty insurance
Forms
(10)Disaster insurance
Forms
(11)Fire insurance
Forms
(12)Marine insurance
Forms
(13)Property insurance
Forms
(14)Other special insurance
Forms
xix.Real estate business
Forms
xx.Advertising/publicity division
(1)Advertising/publicity - general
Books
(2)Journalistic advertising
Books
(3)TV & radio advertising
Books
(4)Outdoor advertising
Books
(5)Direct mail advertising
Books
(6)Fraudulent advertising
Books
(7)Publicity
Books
xxi.Personnel management division
(1)Personnel management - general
Books
(2)Supervision
Books
(3)Job analysis
Books
(4)Applications for positions
Books
(5)Employee training
Books
(6)Occupational retraining
Books
(7)Personnel records
Books
(8)Employees
Books
(9)Volunteer labor
Books
(10)Employee counselling
Books
xxii.Business communication
Books
xxiii.Labor/management relations division
(1)Labor/management relations - general
Books
(2)Labor unions
Books
(3)Professional employee bargaining
Books
(4)Public employee bargaining
Books
(5)Strikes & lockouts
Books
xxiv.Math business techniques
Books
xxv.Office management
Books
xxvi.Office practices division
(1)Office practices - general
Forms
(2)Typewriting
Forms
(3)Data keying
Forms
(4)Files & filing
Forms
(5)Word processing
Forms
(6)Commercial correspondence
Forms
xxvii.Business with government
Books
xxviii.International business
Books
xxix.Office equipment
Forms
6.Applied interdisciplinary social studies division
a.Conflict and its resolution
Forms
b.Discrimination division
i.Discrimination in employment
Forms
7.Interdisciplinary tech fields division
a.Theory of organizations
Books
b.Decision-making
Books
c.Operations research
Books
d.Simulation methods
Books
8.Technology division
a.Specific technology subjects – general
i.Product testing
Forms
ii.Occupational safety
Forms
(1)Hazardous substances
Forms
iii.Industrial engineering division
(1)Industrial engineering - general
Forms
(2)Technological innovations
Forms
(3)Materials handling
Forms
(4)Materials management
Forms
(5)Packaging
Forms
(6)Industrial quality control
Forms
9.Food & home economics division
a.Institutional management division
i.Institutional management - general
Forms
ii.Hotel & motel management
Forms
10.Medicine division
a.Hospitals division
i.Hospital administration
Forms
11.Agriculture division
a.Farm management division
i.Marketing farm products
Forms
12.Career books division
a.Business as a career
Forms