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I need to find information on the management style of Lincoln Electric.

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Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016     Views: 204

What an interesting topic! You'll find the best material for it in our Business LibGuide at http://libguides.brenau.edu/business.

Since this kind of specific information is not likely to be in a book, you'll want to locate scholarly articles that describe the management environment and practices at the company. Click the yellow Business - Articles tab at the top of the page, and you'll find a variety of databases for this kind of information. Here's a few tips for your searches!

  • Since Lincoln Electric is the proper name of the company, put quotation marks around the phrase so your searches will keep those two words together. It would look like this when you type it into the search box: "Lincoln Electric"
  • To find information about the company and the idea of management in the same search, use a Boolean (BOOL-ee-un) search technique by placing AND between the two terms. It would look like this when you type it into the search box: "Lincoln Electric" AND management
  • Make sure to click any check boxes for Peer Reviewed and Scholarly Journals to ensure that the database returns items from only academic and scholarly sources. Another handy button is for Full Text - this makes sure it will return only items that you can read right away! Use more buttons on the sides of the page to narrow your results even more.

When I ran the search for "Lincoln Electric" AND management in ABI/INFORM Complete (the second database listed on the Business - Articles page), I found articles like these below:

Harris, C., & Kleiner, B. H. (1993). Motivational practices at America's best managed companies. Management Research News, 16(9), 1.

Pfeffer, J., Hatano, T., & Santalainen, T. (1995). Producing sustainable competitive advantage through the effective management of people. The Academy of Management Executive, 9(1), 55.

I found a few of the same articles in Business Source Complete (fourth database on the list) using the same search, but also items like these below:

Hodgetts, R. M. (1997). A conversation with Donald F. Hastings of the Lincoln Electric Company. Organizational Dynamics25(3), 68-74.

Mink, O. G., Morrow, R., & Shindell, T. J. (1990). A critical review of current thought on guaranteed employment practices. Human Resource Development Quarterly1(2), 153-165.

Roth, W. F. (2009). Downsizing: The cure that can kill. Global Business & Organizational Excellence28(6), 46-52.

Each database is a unique collection of articles. Try different ones to find the best resources for your topic!

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