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For the big picture online: Encyclopedia of Global Industries

Published March 2, 2018 by Mark Bodnar

Sometimes you need the big picture of an industry before you can dive in for deeper research: a brief history of the industry's development; a description of its structure; or a list of key countries and companies... just enough to guide the next steps in your analysis.

Cover of the Encyclopedia of Global IndustriesFor those purposes (and more!) SFU researchers should check out our new online access to the 6th edition (2017) of the Encyclopedia of Global Industries.  [...]

To get a sense of the value of the Encyclopedia of Global Industries check out these entries:

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Axe Throwing Clubs to Yoga Studios: Real business plans for SFU entrepreneurs!

Published March 2, 2018 by Mark Bodnar

Cover of a Business Plans Handbook volumeHey entrepreneurship students!  Did you know that you have online access to hundreds of real business plans from throughout North America via the SFU Library?  We've recently purchased a few more volumes in the online Business Plans Handbook series -- bringing us up to 40 volumes in total.

[...] check out this small selection of the types of companies covered in the newest volumes:

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Researching an emerging industry? We've got an online encyclopedia for that!

Published May 31, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

Image of the cover of the Encyclopedia of Emerging IndustriesHere's one of those paradoxes that spice up the "researcher" parts of my life... business thrives on the edge, on NEWness: new industries, disruptive strategies, and unexplored niches are all the thrilling stuff of business adventures, yet that focus on what is just around the corner or just starting to take shape means that researching such topics can be... frustrating.  

[...] Sometimes it's useful to start with a source that gives you the big picture. That's why I'm very pleased to announce that SFU researchers now have access to the 2017 edition of the Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries!  

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Webinar this Wednesday: NYU Prof. Damodaran on Narrative and Numbers

Published April 10, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

Image of the book cover of "Narrative and Numbers" by Prof. Damodaran.

My apologies for the last-minute notice on this one... I've just heard about a webinar that may be of interest to students and faculty in accounting and finance.  

This Wednesday (April 12, 2017), from 2:30-3:30 Pacific time, Professor Aswath Damodaran from NYU Stern will discuss his new book on valuation “Narrative and Numbers: The Value of Stories in Business” and answer questions.

"The webinar will include segments on how to value a range of companies, from start-ups like Uber to established firms like Ferrari... <more>

Ubiquitous economics! New economics books on a wide range of topics

Published March 29, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

I'm often amazed at the many topics that fit under the broad umbrella of economics. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised -- after all, anything that involves means & ends, desires & decisions, or creation & consumption has an economics perspective.  

Keep that accommodating definition in mind as you scan the small selection below of our newest books dealing with economics from historical, policy, theoretical, labour, mathematical, political, monetary, sustainability, and even evolutionary points of view.  Enjoy!​ ... <more>

New! Handbooks of behavioral economics, social & sustainable finance, and entrepreneurship

Published March 15, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

Need an overview of a research area that provides more breadth and depth than a typical article or website?  That's when a handbook comes in handy... and we've got some great ones for you!

I've mentioned the value of handbooks before (see A companion for your journey into a new research area...), so I'll keep this post short by highlighting a few of the most recent Bus/Econ handbooks added to our collection.

(Note that all of these titles are downloadable ebooks available for all SFU researchers both from home and on campus.)  <more>

A companion for your journey into a new research area...

Published February 12, 2016 by Mark Bodnar

colourful line drawing of three books with smiling facesWhen you're new to a particular subject area, there aren't many warmer words than "Companion" and "Handbook."

I picture a friendly sort of guidebook that will help me with the key information I need as I start to navigate my way through a new field, sort of like the dog-eared travel guides I carried during my global backpacking days.

Hold that image in your mind as you consider the value of our new online collection of...

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