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GBA 490 / 525: Internal Environment

Library resources for GBA 490 / 525

Internal Factors

Hoovers Online
Enter name of company, of build a list of companies withing an industry.  This will give you competitors, company background, strengths and weaknesses, financial data etc.

Enter company name and choose the result that best matches it.  You will get analyst reports, SWOT analysis, financial information, links to major events, news stories and anything (internal or external) that will have an influence on this company's performance.

Use this GIS tool to find out information about a company, demand for product, buyer behavior etc about a geography.  There is a lot of information available in this database, so please ask a librarian for more information.

Securities and Exchange Commission
Search for a company's SEC filings.  Relevant filings include:

  • 8-K:  Any time a company has a 'significant event' they must file.  Events can include things like hiring a new director, merger announcement, earnings releases, legal disputes etc.
  • 10-K:  Annual report filed with the SEC.  This contains financial data executive compensation, business activities etc.  Should not be confused with the company's Annual Report to Shareholders (ARS).  The 10-K contains all information - good and bad - with no 'spin' on it.  The ARS is more of a marketing document that will make all events, including negative, appear to have a positive effect on the company.
  • 10-Q:  Quarterly financial reports.
  • DEF 14A:  Proxy filing.  Submitted prior to annual meeting of shareholders, it contains information such as director backgrounds, committee structures, corporate governance and will have executive compensation information if left out of the 10-K.