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Business Administration: Supply Chain & Operations Management - FWKS 5200

Types of Companies

It is important to know if your company is public, private, or a subsidiary of a larger company. Use a directory to determine this.

Public companies are the easiest to research because they are required to provide detailed information in an annual report and CSA filings. For further research also check analysts' reports , news stories, books and case studies.

Private Companies are not required to release any information and are therefore more challenging to research. Brief information can be found in directories, news stories, and sometimes books.

Information on International  Companies varies. If a company trades on the U.S. exchanges it must file annual reports (20-F) with the SEC. Try directories, databases, newspapers and magazines.



NAICS codes, which stands for the North American Industry Classification System, can be useful to know as some databases allow you to do research based on NAICS codes. Use the link below to look up the NAICS code for the industry you are researching using this Statistics Canada table. Statistics Canada published updated NAICS in 2022.

Tips for Off Campus Access

Here are some tips for accessing Library online resources from off campus:

Use Omni Search, the search box on the Library home page.

You can choose "Available online" as a filter on the results page. When you select any online resources, you will be prompted to log in using your Network ID.

Access databases and publisher collections through the Databases A-Z tool.

Found an article and can't access it? Here are some things you can try:

1. Copy the article title into Omni Search

2. Search for the journal in Journals A-Z, then navigate to the year, volume and issue you need.

Found an e-book in Omni and can't access it?

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This guide was created by Durham College Libraries and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License, except where otherwise noted. 

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