How to find Company information
Finding a company's corporate culture and mission statement
The beliefs that mold great organizations frequently grow out of the character, the experience, and the convictions of a single person. For example, at IBM, that person was Thomas Watson, Sr.
"The Watsons created a corporate culture that lasted. IBM, Big Blue, became the archetypal modern corporation and its managers the ultimate stereotype, with their regulation somber suits, white shirts, plain ties, zeal for selling, and company song."
There is a great deal of contradiction over the differences and similarities between vision and mission. In this checklist a corporate mission or vision is taken to mean a description of the road ahead. The mission statement:
- describes the purpose of the organization
- identifies how an organization defines success
- outlines the strategy that will be followed to achieve success
- incorporates the shared values and behavior that the organization expects from employees (2)
There are a number of books that have collected mission statements from hundreds of companies. Baker owns one title:
Mission statements : a guide to the corporate and nonprofit sectors
Baker University Library; call# REF 338.7 G76M
To see a complete list of books on this topic, go to the Baker University catalog. In the search box, enter: su:mission statements.
Don't forget. If we don't own them, you'll have to request them on Interlibrary Loan, which you'll be able to do directly from the catalog site.
If you'd prefer to see the books at a library near your home, you can do the following:
1. Select the link, Worldwide Libraries Own this Item.
2. Once the screen opens, enter you zip code to find a library near your home that owns the title.
Interviews of the CEO or senior management determine the philosophical parts of a person; what makes them tick and what determines the way they run the company. You will find out about their attitudes, opinions, and strategic thinking.
You can find external opinions by consulting press articles from management and human resources contexts as well as analysts' reports. Use the acquired information to build a broad picture of the company.
More often than not, when public companies file their financial reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission, they will refer to their company's mission. You can locate a company's SEC filings through Lexis/Nexis.
Follow these steps to find an SEC filing in this database: