Business Information Needs and Strategies

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Emerald Group Publishing, Jun 30, 2008 - Business & Economics - 420 pages
The primary objective of this book is to provide an understanding of business information in the context of those who seek business information. Information-seeking behavior includes the underlying information needs that drive one to seek information, the types of information used to resolve information needs, the types of resources that contain the needed information, the channels used to secure that information, and effective strategies to locate the needed information.The reason for this approach is that effective business research depends upon the ability to identify the type of information that can be used to resolve a specific business problem rather than by depending on specific resources. Every organization will have access to different collections of resources and information services based on such factors as type of work and budget, among other things. Although there may be some resources that are considered 'better' than others, it is usually possible to find similar, if not identical, information in a variety of resources.Another reason for this approach is that the particular resources are constantly changing. In recent years, there have been numerous mergers among information producers, publishers, and vendors. We have seen a migration from print to electronic, specifically to web access. The tension between free and fee has heightened. Specific sources available today may not be available tomorrow and many will be altered or adapted with different limits placed upon their accessibility. But knowing the type of information needed to resolve a given problem and the strategies that lead quickly to the information enables both information seekers and information professional to find appropriate information even under such prospective changes in the range of source options open in the future.
 

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A fascinating story of Business Information.
In book "Business Information: Needs and Strategies" authors Eileen G. Abels and Deborah P. Klein narrate theoretical and practical dimensions of
management of business information. This book is divided into six parts: (p.1) Introduction to business information, (p.2) Access to business information, (p.3) Industry, company and product information, (p.4) Information about people, (p.5) Information about economic situation, and (p.6) Putting business information to work. This book briefly describes methodologies of assimilation and diffusion of business information. In this book, Abels and Klein also assess changing information-seeking scenario due to globalization and advent of smart devices and ICT-enabled services. 

Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction to Business Information
1
Chapter 2 Access to Business Information
35
Chapter 3 Industry Company and Product Information
73
Chapter 4 Information about People
111
Chapter 5 Information about the Economic Situation
143
Chapter 6 Putting Business Information to Work
161
References
189
Subject Index
195
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