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Company Research

What to Look For

The following factors should be considered in a complete analysis of a given company:

  • Market Share / Competitive Position
  • Capitalization / Financial Strength
  • Leadership / People Strength
  • Litigation
  • Technology Environment / Utilization
  • Products / Product Innovation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Alliances / Joint Ventures
  • Supply Chain Strength / Complexity
  • Marketing Channels
  • Corporate Image / Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Global Positioning
  • Industry Factors

Company Overviews & Histories

The resources below provide summaries of a company's background and/or current condition. Most of these databases contain international companies.

Within a company report, there is usually a section that summarizes the firm’s current condition. These sections give a description of the company’s main operations, threats or opportunities confronting it, and its strategy going forward.  Histories, if present, can give a sense of a company’s mission and values, as well as obstacles overcome in the past.

Tip: Also review a company's website and social media accounts. If you are researching a public company, look at the company's investor relations' website.

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