Tag Archives: Business

New Electronic Resource: FactSet

Pepperdine University Libraries now provide access to the FactSet database, Courtesy of Dr. Andreas Simon’s research grant. FactSet is a comprehensive platform used to analyze financial data from global equity and fixed income markets, and public and private companies.

The database is accessible on and off campus. Access to FactSet is available through April 30th, 2015. For assistance contact FactSet HelpDesk at 1-877-FACTSET – available 24×7

IBISWorld provides industry research and analysis

Pepperdine University Libraries recently subscribed to the IBISWorld database that covers over 700 industries of the U.S. economy.  Also available are Global Market Research Reports that analyze 75 of the largest industries on a world-wide scale.

The U.S. Industry Market Research Reports contain key statistics, industry conditions, market characteristics, industry performance, external market drivers, key success factors, and 5-year revenue forecasts for each US industry. The charts and graphs download into Excel, and detailed written analysis provides explanations and insights.

The Global Industry Research Reports follow the same structure and format as the US reports and, in addition, include a regional breakdown of the major production centers and markets for each industry.

IBISWorld provides in-depth coverage of the underlying structures and external economic forces that drive each industry, as well as the interrelationships between those industries. Each report is presented in an objective, easy to understand format and is available online to view or download in HTML and PDF format, with charts & graphs that are downloadable to Excel.

A garden for San Quentin: Today’s featured digital object

Gardening is, it must be agreed, an inherently fecund activity. In 2003, San Quentin State Prison began an experimental, rehabilitative gardening program in an attempt to improve the social climate of the prison and reduce recidivism rates. Was it effective? That’s what student Kathryn E. Waitkus sought to determine through her master’s thesis completed at Pepperdine University’s George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management. You can read the results yourself in her complete thesis, which is just one of the many scholarly works available in our Electronic Theses and Dissertations digital collection.

Inmates at work in the San Quentin garden

Waitkus, who filed her thesis in 2004, interviewed inmate program participants, an inmate control group, and prison staff before and after the garden was planted to determine varying perspectives on the expectations of stakeholders and the actual impact of the program. She found evidence that the prison garden program was beneficial to the inmates in many ways, providing a focused activity, a sense of refuge, a source of stress reduction, and a “neutral” territory in the otherwise segregated prison yard. Waitkus also evaluated the gardening program from a managerial perspective, providing recommendations for expanding the program. She remains deeply involved with the Insight Garden Program at San Quentin, and you can follow the progress of the program at her blog The Avant Gardener.

The Electronic Theses and Dissertation digital collection currently focuses on recent work from Pepperdine University’s graduate programs; however, plans are underway to digitize older theses and dissertations as well, bringing to light the long tradition of graduate level scholarship at Pepperdine University.