OSCM 4130 - Supply Chain Strategy and Practice: Home

For Mark Barratt's sections.

About this guide

This guide was written for Dr. Mark Barratt's spring 2018 section of OSCM 4130.  The guide has 3 pages:

  1. Home page:
       –  Finding news articles about your company
       –  Finding financial and analyst information
  2. SWOT reports
  3. Industry profiles

Off campus access methods (authentication)

  • Library Login:  This method (a proxy server) is quick and easy, and requires no setup.  But a few databases will not work with it, and it is less reliable when there is heavy internet traffic or a slow connection.
  • VPN (virtual private network): The VPN requires you to download an app onto both your cell phone and your computer.  It is much more reliable during times of heavy internet traffic, and is well worth the necessary setup time. Outline of the steps required for the VPN:
    1. Find detailed VPN instructions here.
    2. Email ITS (helpdesk@marquette.edu) to ask for "the VPN registration invitation email".
    3. When you receive that email invitation, register for Duo Mobile.
    4. Download the Duo Mobile app onto your cell phone. Make sure you allow push notifications for it.
    5. Download the GlobalProtect app onto your computer.

Although the detailed instructions page refers you to Information Technology Services for help, at the Raynor Information Desk we can also help with some parts of the process.  Give us a call at (414) 288-7556.

Finding trade and news articles

Article databases:

Specific titles to look for:

Not a comprehensive listing by any means, but these are some titles that should be useful.

Finding financial and analyst information

Two major resources ... Notes about how and why they're useful below.

Thomson One:  serves and has served as the official repository for all SEC (EDGAR) filings since 1968. Thomson One also owns the largest collection of sell-side analyst reports, Investext, which Thomson calls simply "Research".  It also contains market research reports from publishers such as MarketLine, Canadean, and more.  Good international coverage.  Beware the browser and user limitations!
   ➤  Click here for more info about keyword searching in Investext

Mergent Online:  this database is aimed at the academic world.  But it has one feature that is unique:  the Supply Chain reports.  Available now for US and international companies, these provide a 360º view of a company:  culling information from SEC/disclosure filings, trade literature and other sources, it provides a view of a company's competitors, suppliers, customers, its place within its industry, and more.