Management Consulting: Research Resources


The library subscribes to databases that provide industry reports. There are essentially two types of reports:

Financial Reports 

These reports are mainly written by Credit Rating agencies and focus on the financial risks and opportunities of the industry at large. This guide provides a link to two of these library databases.

S&P NetAdvantage - Each report provides a detailed overview of the industry and the major companies within that industry. Each report also has a section analysing the industry using Porters Five Forces.

  • In S&P NetAdvantage, select the "research" tab.
  • Type in the industry name and select Industry Reports from the drop-down menu.  
  • Remember to be flexible and look for alternative industry names (e.g.: fashion, clothing, apparel, etc.) 

FitchConnect - Each reports provides up-to-date analysis of a broad industry, trends within that industry and conditions affecting it. Each report also provides a SWOT analysis of the industry.

  • Select the "industries" tab.
  • Select your industry.
  • You can then narrow down the report by geography.

Market Research Reports

Market Research Reports also provide in-depth analyses of industries with a focus on selling (i.e., how they sell, where they sell, to whom they sell and the competitive environment.)

The library subscribes to numerous Market research databases. Once again, it pays to be flexible with your search terms. For example, "medical concierge" information can be found by searching: physicians, concierge medicine, retainer based medicine, doctors, etc.)


Trade Associations

Trade associations are primarily the lobbying  arm for specific industries.

Although individual company information is rarely, if ever provided, these associations provide detailed information about the financial health and trends of the industry they represent. The information is sometimes behind a paywall, but many trade associations do provide industry data and information freely on their websites. 

Look for terms on the homepage like "information", "data", "research", etc. 

Government Data

Many industries are regulated or overseen by government agencies. These agencies often provide detailed data about the industry itself. A particular benefit to the government generated industry information is that the data are provided using industry specific metrics. Sometimes, company financial information can also be accessed through the government agency websites.

Articles & Articles Databases

Trade Journals

Most industries/product categories are tracked in trade journals that provide continuous and updated coverage of:

  • Demographic trends
  • Management trends
  • Regulatory/legal issues and their industry impact
  • M&A activity
  • Rankings of top brands/companies

and much more. 

While the business magazines occasionally contain articles on an industry, the trade journals specialize in that industry. Many trade journals have websites that contain access to some of the articles and overviews contained in the journal itself. 

Library Databases

The library databases provide access to thousands of business magazines, trade journals and academic/scholarly journals. They are especially useful for:

  • Honing in on an aspect of your topic. By combining your industry term with an aspect (management, marketing, new products, regulation, etc.) one can fine-tune or focus the topic for precise information.
  • The databases also allow one to search for niche industries/markets (e.g., concierge medicine).
  • Important!
  • Be flexible with your terminology and watch for the terms the databases use. Use related terms, alternate or related terms (e.g. clothing, fashion, apparel, textiles). . 

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