Archive for the ‘UoM Research’ Category

Manchester Business School theses

19 July 2012 2 comments

The thesis collection at the Eddie Davies Library has copies of the Manchester Business School PhD and DBA theses.

These are available for reference only (no borrowing)

Recent theses are available online through University of Manchester eScholar.

Recent addition:

Tasavori, M (2011) Corporate Social Entrepreneurship at the Bottom of the Economic Pyramid: Antecedents and Outcomes in India. (PhD) University of Manchester, Manchester Business School. Available at  (Accessed 19 Jul 2012).

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Cited Reference Searching

10 July 2012 1 comment

In researching a topic it is often very useful to find articles that have cited an article of particular interest. There are two library databases with good support for this cited reference searching: Web of Knowledge (aka Web of Science) and Scopus. Taking an example:

Mouzas, S., Henneberg, S., and Naude, P. (2007) Trust and reliance in business relationships. European Journal of Marketing, 41 (9-10), 1016-1032.

Web of Science/Knowledge - reference searching

Web of Knowledge – (click to expand)

Web of Knowledge  (Web of Science) shows that this article has been cited by 12 articles that are themselves covered by Web of Science.

It also offers the chance to look for related articles – those that are similar to this one because of the references they share.

These features can be used to trace the development of research ideas through shared references and reference chains: paperA cited_by paperB cited_by paperC cited_by …

Note: Web of Knowledge  does not give direct access to full-text but these are mostly easily reachable through the purple FindIt@UML links.

Scopus (click to expand)

Scopus shows that this article has been cited by 17 articles that are covered by Scopus. The details are in the Cited by since 1996 section on the right hand side.

Scopus will often provide a greater number of cited-by articles  since it  covers a greater range of business and managenent journals. See  Journal database comparison

Like Web of Knowledge, Scopus also offers links to related documents based on the references they share and access to full text through  the purple FindIt@UML links. Both databases  also offer the chance to setup an alert when a particular article is cited by another in the database.

Google scholar will give an even greater number of cited by resources – 39 for this example. This is because Google scholar will include everything where it can find the full text or bibliometric information on the web – articles, books, conference papers, working papers, reports, theses. In contrast Web of Knowledge  and Scopus only include cited by from respected academic publications that qualify for inclusion in the respective database.

Finally I must acknowledge Dave Hirst’s post on the Everything Engineering blog that partly inspired this one – How to track the citations? Web of Science versus Google Scholar.

Research awareness and dissemination

Looking to find related research?
The other side of this coin is to consider how you could disseminate your research findings.

Academic journals

Getting your research published in a academic journals is fundamental to academic research. Peer review provides a guarantee of the quality of your work. In general, the higher the journal ranking the better: this will improve the chance of others finding and citing your work, and help you get an academic job/promotion.

In looking at related research you can use journal rankings as one approach to filtering a large set of “might be interesting related” papers. You can also use cited reference searching to find out other papers that have sighted your key papers.

 Institutional and subject repositories

Manchester eScholar is the University of Manchester’s institutional repository and a primary dissemination route for all University of Manchester research. You can search Manchester eScholar directly or the University research directory, which is based on the data in eScholar.

SSRN (Social Sciences Research Network) is an eLibrary with over 300,000 full-text papers. This includes working papers that later get further developed into academic journal papers.

If there is a research group, or an individual, whose research is closely related to yours then try to search their institutional repository and/or working papers.

Social media: blogs, twitter, …

There is growing interest in the use of social media in the dissemination of research.

You should certainly consider social media as a medium for research dissemination. Browse what others have done and decide what is right for you. One common message is to think of social media as enabling a conversation about research ideas and findings.

Surprisingly (to me at least) blogs do not seem to be an efficient way of finding out about current research in business and management. There are some interesting blogs, (e.g. Leaders We Deserve and Whitehall Watch from MBS academics) but these can be hard to find and often focus on commenting on current events from an academic perspective rather than on research.  [There are of course also several interesting blogs from business school libraries.]

Perhaps social media is all about building a network of contacts – people who might lead you to interesting idea you would otherwise overlook. It is not a replacement for the traditional techniques for finding related research but a complementary technique.

E-Book Readers for Full-Time MBA Students

Journal of Business and Finance LibrarianshipNow available in Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship Volume 17 Issue 2 (April 2012):

“E-Book Readers for Full-Time MBA Students: An Investigation in Manchester” by Dominic Broadhurst and Janette Watson


This article is an investigation of the use of e-book readers by MBA students at the Manchester Business School of the University of Manchester. In Summer 2010 we undertook a pilot study with a small number of MBA students in order to gauge the effectiveness of e-book readers as an alternative means of accessing their course readings. The findings of this study are presented in tandem with discussion of the drivers behind the project and an overview of similar developments at other educational institutions globally, concluding with the results of our pilot and wider implications.

Online –

Manchester eScholar – pre-print available

Note:  This article was completed in April 2011 so does not cover the more recent work that the Library has been doing with the latest MBA student intake who were issued with iPads at the start of their course.

IMP Electronic Archive



manchester Industrial Marketing and Purchasing Group


IMP Electronic Archive

The IMP Archive is a collection of papers presented at Industrial Marketing and Purchasing Group (IMP) conferences from 1984-1999. The papers cover original and groundbreaking research into marketing and purchasing theory and practical business problems. The conferences reflect the aim of the IMP Group  (set out in the Foreword to the first IMP conference in September 1984, at UMIST, Manchester) – to develop collaborative research in the field of industrial product marketing and serve as a forum for the sharing of ideas in the emerging field of buyer-seller interactions.   Now for the first time this valuable research collection is available to scholars and practitioners from across the globe.

In making available the IMP research more widely, its value, resulting from the work of many academics in numerous universities and countries (such as France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, United Kingdom and others) can be made use of by other researchers. In so doing, the aim of the IMP Group – ‘to develop collaborative research’ – has been achieved.

A significant contribution to making this possible, through wider access and availability is the result of work by the Manchester IMP Group (academics from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester) in financing the digitization of IMP conference papers.

A team from the John Rylands University Library (JRUL) [Eddie Davies Library] set up an Endnote library to store the conference proceedings and conference paper records. This was tied into the digitization process, linking to a full text (PDF) copy of the papers.  Once completed, the Endnote library was used as the basis for the wider dissemination of this resource, incorporating the content into ‘Manchester eScholar’ through the work of the eScholar Team of the JRUL and into a dedicated electronic archive available from here

Welcome to Business Research Plus

27 July 2011 1 comment

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From specialist databases to business literature, Business Research Plus provides advice and tips based on The University of Manchester Library Business Data Service resources and expertise.  See our About page for more details.

  • Library Research Plus provides expert insight from The University of Manchester Library’s Research Services for researchers in all disciplines including business.
  • My Learning Essentials, the Library’s award-winning skills progamme includes online resources with a wealth of useful tips on searching, referencing, writing to support personal and professional development.

Exploring our resources – try the Business and Management Resources page (Subject Guides),  scroll down to category or tag cloud in the right-hand column or search this blog (top right). For latest news see @UML_BDS 

Google Scholar and full-text of articles

Google Scholar is a quick and effective way of finding articles when doing a literature search. Getting to the full-text of the article can require a little work.

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For example:-

A search returns an interesting looking result

“Datastream Returns and UK Open Offers”

Does the University of Manchester library offer access to the full-text?

Google Scholar offers several versions:

  • – SSRN (Social Sciences Research Network) is a repository of working papers – you can get a version of the paper but this might not be exactly the same as in the European Journal of Finance
  • – Kent Academic Repository only gives access to the bibliographic details (including abstract)
  • – informaword (Taylor and Francis Group) will give you access to full-text. You need to either be recognised as using a University of Manchester PC or logon to authenticate youself.
  • – a bibliographic database so no access to full-text
  • – University of Manchester does not subscribe to this journal on ingentaconnect so even if you sign-in you will still be asked to pay for the full-text
  • – again bibliographic database so no full-text

There is not really an easy way of knowing which is the best link offered by Google Scholar to choose.

A-Z electronic journal list (European Journal of Finance)

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Using the journal title, The European Journal of Finance in this case, you can use the A-Z e-journal list to find details of the library’s subscription(s).

An alternative for academic journal articles is to try one of the bibliographic databases: ISI Web of Science (Web of Knowledge) or Scopus. Both of these include FindIt at JRUL links to help locate the full-text of articles.