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Management can be defined as "the organization and coordination of the activities of a business in order to achieve defined objectives"

Management is an interdisciplinary field that draws upon business concepts and ideas from marketing, economics, finance, insurance, transporation, accounting, computer technologies, information systems, engineering, and business law. In addition, mathematics, philosophy, sociology, and psychology have broad influence.

Business reference for management researchers will tend to focus on navigating the relevant literature (scholarly, trade, and popular); however, needs can vary widely.

This guide provides resource suggestions for general management as well as for sub-topical areas of interest (business communications, innovation, leadership, and strategy) for managers. 

Suggested Search Terms:

management, manager(s), administration

Narrower: executives, personnel management, supervision

Related: leadership, organization

General Management Reference:

General Management Periodicals:

Finding General Management Articles:

The following resources are subscription databases that can be used to search for general management articles. Check your public or academic library to see if they subscribe to these databases.

General Management Websites:

General Management Associations & Organizations:

Other BRASS Guides:

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