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Company Profiles from Marketline

Marketline company profiles provide a range of up-to-date information about companies – their history, key employees, SWOT analyses, competitors etc. At the University of Exeter, these are now available, full-text, via the Business Source Complete database.

To access, log in to Business Source Complete (Electronic Library – select subject area: Business from the drop down menu – click Find resources – scroll down, and click on the link through to Business Source Complete). From here, you can find Company Profiles under the More… tab at the top of the screen.

Accessing BSC company profiles


To find the company you’re interested in, click the Match any Words button then enter the name of the company you’re looking for. Alternatively, you can browse the alphabetical list but be careful to get the exact company name – Sainsbury’s shows up as J Sainsbury plc, for example.


Medtrack Company Profiles, which give key information about biopharmaceutical companies, can be found in the same way.

European business – company law reform and services

The European Commission has just adopted measures to improve the corporate governance of around 10 000 companies listed on Europe’s stock exchanges. This would contribute to the competitiveness and long-term sustainability of these companies. Other proposals would also provide cost-efficient company law solutions for SMEs which operate across borders.  See the press release for more information. Details of the proposals and background documents are on Europa

The Commission is also concerned about the prospects of the service sector in Europe and has set up a High Level Group on business services . The group has just published its final report (169p). More details are available in press releases IP/14/393 & MEMO/14/265

Using e-books in Business

The Library provides access to over 6,000 e-books from major publishers, including Cambridge and Oxford University Press, Emerald, Palgrave Connect, Sage and Springer.

The collection include textbooks, academic studies and reference works like the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management.

You can read the full text of any e-books online on any computer and many mobile devices; some also allow you to make notes for your own use.  If you have problems with using any of our databases look at the Tips and tricks blog.

Don’t forget that copyright regulations and publisher’s licences apply, which mean that you can’t download complete books unless they are free publications (usually from governments, international bodies like the European Commission or the United Nations, or public organisations) but you should be able to download or print off a single chapter from any book. or a maximum of 10% of the text.

As we use a number of different suppliers, it is unfortunately not possible to produce subject lists but you can search all the available titles on our library catalogue in the same way as print books. It is easy to find e-books on a subject: just enter your keyword (e.g. accounting) ; from the results screen click on Modify search and select ERESOURCE from the list under Material Type

If you use the link to the Electronic Library you can search or browse some of our collections by clicking on Business as subject and Electronic books as resource type.

The main publisher collections are:

We do not have access to all e-books published by these firms but most of the sites let you limit your search to our subscribed content.

Many individual textbooks are available on MyiLibrary, which allows you to browse by subject using the subject tree (Social Sciences>Commerce>Business) or search by keyword.

ELE users can watch the online demo to Business e-books  and a separate one for CCH Online for Accounting, which includes an online guide to UK GAAP.


Electronic encyclopedias

We now have permanent access to The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management via the  library catalogue 

Management students will find this a useful place to start research on unfamiliar topics – you can either browse through the A-Z entries or search by keyword. Each entry has a short list of useful articles which you can find via Google Scholar as it links to our online resources if we have a subscription.

This encyclopedia is a companion to the long-established New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, which is also available via the library catalogue.

We also still have trial access to Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science  until 31st March 2014.

The Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science is the first multi-volume encyclopedia devoted to advancing the areas of operations research and management science.

Civic dialogue on sustainability

The Network for Business Sustainability in Canada has been conducting a research project on how businesses can help to create a public dialogue about sustainability.

Businesses can achieve broad sustainability goals by participating in civic dialogue. Civic dialogues can also help businesses understand customers, build brand and market and change the rules of the game. Companies learn about customers’ values and needs; help shape perceptions that drive markets; and interact directly with decision makers.

Get the research

Related resources

  • Interview with Dr. Thomas Webler, author of NBS’s civic dialogue resources
  • Interview with Dr. Ann Dale, civic dialogue researcher
  • Overview of NBS’s working session on civic dialogue

Trials to electronic encyclopedias

The University has trial access to Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science  until 31st March 2014.

The Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science is the first multi-volume encyclopedia devoted to advancing the areas of operations research and management science.

Designed to be a mainstay for students and professionals alike, the Encyclopedia features four types of articles at varying levels written by diverse, international contributors.

• Introductory articles provide a broad and moderately technical treatment of core topics.

• Advanced articles review key areas of research in a citation-rich format similar to that of leading review journals.

• Technical articles provide more detailed discussions of key concepts addressed in related articles.

• Case Studies/Historical Interludes present successful and/or interesting examples of operations research and management science methodology in practical or historical contexts.

We also have trial access to The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management until 23rd March 2014.

The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management contains over 700 individually commissioned entries and a further 85 signposts, written by leading academics and practitioners, providing a rich and comprehensive overview of this field.

For full information and links, please visit the trials section on the Electronic Library Send any comments to

Europe and tourism

The European Union has long recognised the importance of tourism to the European economy and has recently produced a variety of initiatives to help the sector.

In ‘A European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism’, the European Commission outlines 14 EU actions to help coastal regions and businesses tackle the challenges they face and strengthen the sector’s position as a key driver of Europe’s blue economy: COM(2014) 86; press releases IP/14/171 & MEMO/14/120

Eurobarometer, the EU’s public opinion polls, have surveyed the Preferences of Europeans towards tourism. The full report (which is 280 pages long) and the shorter summary can be downloaded as Flash Eurobarometer 392

A ‘gastronomic portal’ sponsored by the European Commission and the European Travel Commission aims to promote food events and tourism in Europe. In addition to information on traditional dishes and suggested routes for sampling Europe’s food and drink, the site includes information on food quality labels. See: Tasting Europe.

The Council of the EU has proposed a set of European Tourism Quality Principles COM(2014) 85 as a basis for a European quality label. More details are provided in the press release IP/14/168

To keep up to date with EU’s actions on tourism check out the page on Europa

IGD Analytics – free trial access

Exeter has trial access to IGD Analytics until 28 February.  For full information and links, please visit the trials section on the Electronic Library and send any feedback to

IGD Analytics is a leading source of information and best practice on the consumer goods industry worldwide. The database has three sections:

  • Retail Analysis – an online guide to food and grocery retailing
  • Supply Chain Analysis – an online guide to supply chain benchmarking and best practice
  • ShopperVista – a UK survey based service for food and groceries shopping

Retail Analysis is an online guide to food and grocery retailing. IGD covers over 200 retailers across 50 countries supplying in-depth information on retailer strategy (corporate, trading, marketing, supply chain), store formats, financial performance and more. They also review the key issues affectingthe industry such as the economy, innovation, technology, world events and so on.

Supply Chain Analysis  is an online guide to global FMCG supply chain benchmarking and best practice This service features:

• 30+ retailer and country profiles

• 100 + PowerPoint guides and snapshots on trends and best practice

• 120+ case studies on how retailers and manufacturers have tackled challenges

• Insights from across the site gathered under four focus areas:

–                  In-store

–                  Logistics

–                  Strategy and planning

–                  Sustainable supply chains

ShopperVista is a UK survey based service that provides attitudes, motivators, barriers and future intentions when they are shopping for food and groceries. From private label and brands to promotions and loyalty, shopper outlook to retail channels, ethics and health to in-store, this service includes reports, presentations, articles and webinars.



Free access to business reports on emerging markets

The University of Exeter has partnered with Oxford Business Group (OBG) to offer students 3 years of free access to the entirety of OBG’s business intelligence on emerging markets.

Oxford Business Group (OBG) is a global publishing, research and consultancy firm, which publishes economic intelligence on the markets of Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Through its range of print and online products, OBG offers comprehensive and accurate analysis of macroeconomic and sectoral developments, including banking, capital markets, insurance, energy, transport, industry and telecoms.  This subscription normally retails for £500 annually however, through this partnership students at the University of Exeter can access these reports digitally for free for up to 3 years.

Please click on the following link to register for your free access before the 31st of January 2014. Please note that free access is read-only – if you want to print or download any of the reports you will have to pay, although OBG does offer a 20% discount  for students.

Ethics Unwrapped


Ethics Unwrapped is an award-winning educational video series produced by the McCombs School of Business. It offers an exciting platform for teaching ethics and leadership values and is currently used in more than 80 colleges and universities around the world. All videos, and accompanying teaching notes, are available for FREE on iTunesU and on their website.

Ethics Unwrapped now includes a new series, Giving Voice to Values, based on Mary Gentile’s book on values-driven leadership development, a documentary featuring disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and more than a dozen animated short videos explaining behavioural ethics concepts.