Research Starters - Business

This database provides business students with a solid foundation for their research and assignments. Topic summaries help students grasp the broad outlines of a subject, understand real-world applications, critically engage with the topics and locate sources for advanced scholarly research. 

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Subjects Include

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial science
  • Business and government
  • Business and public policy
  • Business information systems
  • Business law
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Health care management
  • Information technology
  • Insurance and risk management
  • International business
  • Law
  • Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Operations and information systems
  • Statistics

Research Starters—Business is truly an overlooked treasure… Designed as a gateway to resources needed for assignments, the overviews are useful for learning about trends or reviewing business concepts.

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Relevant Business Information

In addition to an abstract and a list of keywords pertinent to the article, records in Research Starters - Business include information on why the topic is relevant to business and its implication to stakeholders. Further record details include insights and business applications, as well as viewpoints to enable students to develop a critical perspective on the topic. Records also include a glossary of terms and concepts, a bibliography and a suggested reading list.  

Expertly Chosen Topics

Business topics were chosen through careful analysis of the course offerings of major business schools at colleges and universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame, the University of Michigan, Indiana University, the University of Texas, Virginia Tech and many more. To address emerging subject areas and current trends, articles are reviewed on an annual basis and 20 additional topics are added each year.

Subject matter experts holding advanced degrees in business, law, political science, psychology and economics were consulted to ensure that the articles encompass current trends and popular topics in the business world.