How to Find Company Information
Finding a SWOT Analysis
There are various strategies for finding a SWOT analysis. Not every resource listed here will provide a SWOT for every company you may be interested in researching. You may have to try more than one avenue before you hit pay dirt.
SWOT Analysis: How to do the research
Newspaper and Magazine Articles
Provides a simple framework, explaining the different elements of a SWOT analysis.
A nice article, explaining what goes into creating a SWOT analysis.
SWOT Analysis: How To DO The Research.
This is a one-page guide to SWOT, prepared by Steven Bell, Director of Gutman Library at Philadelphia University. It includes information on how various library databases may help with the analysis. Baker University Library's electronic business databases can provide access to the information needed for the SWOT analysis.
Consult the following databases that provide SWOT analyses:
Business Source Premier
- In the first search box, type the company name. For example, microsoft.
- On the right, change the field to: CO Company Entity
- In the second search box, type: swot
- Open the .PDF Datamonitor report.
- In the search box, type your company. For example, McDonald's.
- When the company profile appears,select: SWOT Reports
- Select the company which will link to the .pdf report.
1. From the Search by Content Type menu, select: Company Profiles
2. Select: Advanced Options
3. Use the Build Your Own Segment search box to construct the search shown below.
Enter the company of your choice in the COMPANY () section, then press the AND button, then add the PUBLICATION (SWOT) string.
4. Click Apply.
5.. Click Search.
Often, you will find that much of the kind of information you need may be found in a company's annual report. Most public companies will feature access to their annual reports on their web pages.
|On a company web site, Annual Reports are frequently located under "Investor Relations." Other alternatives may include (but are not limited to) "Shareholder Information," "Earnings Releases," "Company Reports," "Company Profiles," "Financial Information," "Customer Service," or "About".|
Look for headings such as "Risks" in the Table of Contents to locate the issues that will comprise a SWOT Analysis. As an example, see p.78 of Wells Fargo's Annual Report to see their discussion on Risk Factors.
Newspaper and periodical articles can provide extensive and varied types of information on companies--for example, new ventures, marketing campaigns, analyses of financial situations, pending lawsuits, scandal or ethics issues, trade barriers, regulatory issues, information about new competitors, workforce shifts, and the weak economy.
You can find business related articles in all of our Business Databases.