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BUS 165 - Business Decision Analysis

Business Decision Analysis

Examples of bad decisions in the business world abound, but it's not always easy to find an interesting, novel example that your professor hasn't already read about countless times.

Take some time to think about keywords and terms writers might use when reporting or analyzing a poor organizational decision. What types of events might result from bad decisions? Think beyond just a Google search for [bad business decision]!

Check out these suggested resources below to get started identifying a decision and digging deeper for more background research.

If you need guidance, ask your librarian!

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Journal Finder

Pro Tip: Use the Journals by Title tool in OneSearch to find which databases feature a specific magazine or newspaper, like Harvard Business Review or New York Times, and then search for articles within those publications.

Suggested Publications:

Newspapers                                                Magazines
New York Times The Economist
Washington Post Harvard Business Review
Wall Street Journal Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Los Angeles Times Forbes
Chicago Tribune Fortune

Keywords to Search for Articles About Bad Decisions

  • Case Studies
  • Bankruptcy
  • Acquisitions & Mergers
  • Litigation
  • Shutdown
  • Liquidation
  • Insolvency
  • Fraud
  • Losses
  • Creditors
  • Investigations
  • Bailouts
  • Scandals
  • Repair
  • Risk Management
  • Turnaround
  • Business Failures
  • Failure Analysis
  • Recalls
  • Firing
  • Downsizing
  • Layoffs
  • New CEO
  • Employee turnover
  • Eroded customer trust
  • Stock price drop
  • Overruns
  • Graft
  • Bribery
  • Corruption
  • Catastrophe
  • Overvalued
  • Boycott
  • Plummet
  • Reorganization

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