The Conference Board Business Knowledge Research


Since 1916, the Conference Board, a global non-partisan, non-profit organization, has been an authoritative source for management and economic research.  Businesses, associations and the press all rely on the Conference Board to provide them with reliable business data and research.  The Bryant community has access to this research through the Conference Board Business Knowledge Network, a database located under the Articles & Databases link on the library website.  The Annual Studies link on the database left menu provides users with access to 2 of the Conference Board’s well-known reports: the Top Executive Compensation Report (a report on the top five highest paid executives in 2,108 publicly-traded U.S. companies) and the Corporate Contributions Report (an analysis of giving patterns of 166 major corporations).  Additional in-depth studies on various management topics–ranging from accounting to customer relationship management to supply chain management–can be found under the Business Management Research link.

Conference Board’s Economic Research link provides access to global economic data and the respected indexes supplied by Conference Board analysts, including the well-known Consumer Confidence Survey.  This survey, based on a sample of 5,000 U.S. households, reports on consumer attitudes and buying intentions and reflects current business conditions and likely developments for future months.  Changes in this index and the Conference Board Leading Economic Index and Employment Trends Index are reported in the monthly Conference Board Economic Watch.   This publication also provides an Economic Forecast for the United States with an annual forecast of leading indicators, including but not limited to Real GDP, Real Disposable Income, CPI Inflation, and Housing Starts.  The Economic Watch also posts a number of Global Leading Economic Indexes.  The StraightTalk Newsletter & Forecast, commentary & forecasts written by the Conference Board Chief Economist Bart van Ark, and continually updated global economic indicators (posted every 3-4 days) complete the content included in the Economic Research section of the website.

For assistance with the Conference Board Business Knowledge Research database or help locating more sources for information on management and economics topics, Ask a Librarian! 


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You never know who’s going to stop by the library.

Library Schedule for Final Exam Period


Because it actually isn’t too soon to think about it.  Sorry.

Friday, May 7th: 7 am – 10 pm
Saturday, May 8th: 10 am – 10 pm
Sunday, May 9th: 10 am – 2 am
Monday, May 10th – Thursday, May 13th: 7 am – 2 am
Friday, May 14th: 7 am – 10 pm
Saturday, May 15th: 8 am – 8 pm
Sunday, May 16th: 10 am – 2 am
Monday, May 17th: 7 am – 2 am
Tuesday, May 18th: 7 am – 6 pm

Search the Library’s Virtual Reference Collections


Start your research in your dorm room or at home using the Gale Virtual Reference Collection, a collection of e-reference handbooks, encyclopedias, and general reference works available under the Articles & Databases link on the library website.  Click on this link to retrieve a listing of subject areas in which the library has collected reference works.  If you’re searching for business content, expand the business category by clicking the + sign next to the Business entry.  A few of the more important multi-volume business publications in the collection include the Business Plans Handbook, a collection of business plans produced by real-life entrepreneurs; the Encyclopedia of American Industries, overviews and trends on American industries; the Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries, an overview of industries with growth potential; and the International Directory of Company Histories, detailed and updated histories of leading corporations.

If you’re searching for definitions or short explanations of terms, try Credo Reference, a collection of 300 reference titles.  The collection includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, and books of quotations and covers a range of subjects from art to technology.  Examples of business books contained in this collection include the Dictionary of Accounting, the Wiley Dictionary of Economics, the Dictionary of Finance & Investment Terms, an Encyclopedia of Macroeconomics, a Guide to Economic Indicators, and Wall Street Words.  The database search capabilities provide for image searching and concept mapping as well as keyword searching of the entire collection or selected titles.   

If you need help finding or searching a virtual reference title, contact a reference librarian and they’ll be glad to assist.