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SPDA 3120/3121: Connections: Problem Analysis

This guide helps students complete assignments for the SPDA 3120/3121: Connections: Problem Analysis course.

Welcome!

Welcome to the library course guide for SPDA 3120: Connections: Problem Analysis! This guide provides helpful information and links so you can successfully complete your assignments.

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Need help? Contact Yvonne Dooley, your business librarian, at yvonne.dooley@unt.edu or (940) 565-3980.

Class resources

Below you will find links to resources outlined in your course syllabus:

Rasiel, E. M. & Friga, P. N. (2001). The McKinsey mind: Understanding and implementing the problem-solving tools and management techniques of the world's top strategic consulting firm. McGraw-Hill.

Pyzdek, T. (2003). The Six Sigma handbook: A complete guide for green belts, black belts, and managers at all levels. McGraw-Hill.

Please note that the e-books above have single user access, meaning that only one person can access the e-book at a time.

 

How do I get started?

Below you will find links to resources about Sam's Club (Walmart Inc.) to get you started on your class assignments. Each one is designated by: 1) a heading describing the resource, 2) information about the website or database the resource came from, and 3) the formal citation for the resource in APA format, where applicable.

Industry Classification:

Access the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) from the United States Census Bureau website for industry codes like the one below:

The classification code for "Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters" is 452311

Access the Standard Industrial Classification System (SIC) from the United States Department of Labor website for industry codes like the one below:

The classification code for "Grocery Stores" is 5411

Industry Report:

Access the library database, IBIS World, for industry reports like the one below (you must login with your EUID and password for remote access):

Daly, J. (2021, May). U.S. industry (NAICS) report 45291: Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters in the U.S. IBISWorld. Web. 31 August. 2021.https://my-ibisworld-com.libproxy.library.unt.edu/us/en/industry/45291/about

Company History:

Access the library database, Business Insights Global, for company histories like the one below (you must login with your EUID and password for remote access):

Sam's Club. (2021). In Sarah Robertson & Neil Schlager (Eds.) International Directory of Company Histories (Vol. 230). Farmington Hills, MI: St. James Press. Business Insights: Global. Web. 31 Aug. 2021. http://bi.gale.com.libproxy.library.unt.edu/global/article/GALE%7CI2501325624/472709ffa809063aeefc2058c2d540cb?u=txshracd2679

Annual Report:

Company annual reports can be found in a variety of ways. Below is a link to the most recent annual report for Walmart from their website, which can be found under the "Investors" link at https://stock.walmart.com/investors/default.aspx.

Walmart Inc. (2021). Walmart 2021 annual  report. https://s2.q4cdn.com/056532643/files/doc_financials/2021/ar/WMT_2021_AnnualReport.pdf

SWOT Analysis:

Access the library database, Business Insights Global, for SWOT analyses like the one below (you must login with your EUID and password for remote access):

GlobalData. (2020, May). Walmart Inc. - Financial and strategic analysis review. Retrieved from Business Insights Global. Web. 31 August 2021. https://bi.gale.com/global/showpdf?pdfdocid=308031_GDTTL48167FSA

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