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Business Information module2: companies

  1. 1. Business Information Module 2: Seeking for business information – Web-based information resources Part B: Company information International Summer School on Information Literacy , funded by CEI, 10-14 September 2007, Fermo, Italy Sabina Cisek, PhD Associate Professor Institute of Information and Library Science , Jagiellonian University Krak o w, Poland [email_address] , [email_address]
  2. 2. Company information <ul><li>Information about different types of organizations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>publicly trade companies (listed on stock exchanges) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>private companies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>state-owned companies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>not-for-profit organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>government bodies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information about: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Company background – name, address, website, contacts, identification number; managers; line of business – products, services; legal status and type of a company; size, number of employees; corporate affiliations; basic financial data (income, profit or loss, turnover) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More in-depth information – company finances, competitors, history, perspectives, policies (ecological, social, etc.) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Company information sources <ul><li>Directories, yellow pages, databases </li></ul><ul><li>National/official registries </li></ul><ul><li>Business/industry/product classifications </li></ul><ul><li>Lists/rankings </li></ul><ul><li>Annual reports and other formal documents </li></ul><ul><li>Stock exchanges’ websites and services </li></ul><ul><li>Trade magazines, journals, news services </li></ul><ul><li>Companies’ websites </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul>
  4. 4. Company directories, yellow pages, databases <ul><li>globalEdge – Company Directories: </li></ul><ul><li>Central & Eastern European Directory On-Line: </li></ul><ul><li>Hoover’s: </li></ul><ul><li>Europages, the European Business Directory: , </li></ul><ul><li>Kompass: </li></ul><ul><li>Teleadreson [Poland]: </li></ul><ul><li>ThomasNet [USA]: </li></ul><ul><li>Short assignment: find on the Web the yellow pages / business telephone book for your country and describe its information content </li></ul>
  5. 5. Company identification numbers – come from: <ul><li>official / governmental company registers (in most countries companies and other organizations have to be registered with a government agency or a court or a statistical office – and get a national registration number ); examples – </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Company registration around the world [links to registers] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RBA – Official Company Registers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UK Companies House – Worldwide Registries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>commercial information providers; the most important is DUNS Number by Dun & Bradstreet </li></ul>
  6. 6. Business/industry/product classifications <ul><li>List of NACE (Nomenclature Generale des Activities Economiques) codes. NACE is a EU industry standard classification system consisting of a 6 digit code : </li></ul><ul><li>LogisticsWorld – NAICS / SIC Codes Lookup and Conversion Table: </li></ul><ul><li>The United Nations – List of international family of economic and social classifications: </li></ul>
  7. 7. Global, international, local lists/rankings of companies <ul><li>Gary Price's List of Lists </li></ul><ul><li>Forbes ; </li></ul><ul><li>Fortune ; </li></ul><ul><li>Assignment: What type of information can you get from rankings? Check Forbes and/or Fortune lists and their information content. Work in pairs. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Annual reports and other formal documents (compulsory prepared by „listed” companies, but also – by other organizations) <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>CAROL – Company Annual Reports On-Line: [Europe, USA] </li></ul><ul><li>IRIN – Annual Report Resource Center </li></ul><ul><li>NYSE Listed Company Directory </li></ul><ul><li>Example of an annual report – European Patent Organisation Annual report 2006 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Annual reports and other formal documents (compulsory prepared by „listed” companies, but also – by other organizations) <ul><li>Assignment – work in small groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look at two or three different annual reports. What data and knowledge do they offer? How in-depth and comprehensive is the information? Describe information content and potential uses of annual reports. </li></ul></ul>