Policy Last Updated: August 1, 2007

Subject: Business


The Collection Development policy is used as a guide to shape relevant collections and to ensure consistency in collection development. The decision to purchase library materials is primarily the responsibility of the Collections Librarian in consultation with faculty in the Department.

This policy has been developed by Eun-ha Hong, the Collections Li


  • To support teaching, study and research up to the graduate level, as well as to support faculty research.
  • Special emphasis is to be placed on the following major areas of the School’s programme:
    • Accounting and control
    • Finance
    • Marketing
    • Organizational Behaviour
    • Production
    • Quantitative Techniques in Business
    • Business and Industrial Management


  • Language: primarily English materials are collected with the exception of relevant Canadian publications issued only in French. Materials published abroad in language other than English are excluded except when requested for specific research purposes.
  • Place of Publication: emphasis is placed on Canadian and American publications.
  • Dates of Publication: emphasis is placed on recently published works.
  • Chronological Period: heavy emphasis is given to current publication. Non-current titles which have historical interest or which illustrate the historical development of the various subject areas in Business Administration are also procured.
  • Geographical Areas: special emphasis is given to publications dealing with Canadian business and industry. American business and international business 2 operations are also stressed. Publications dealing with business and industrial problems in the United Kingdom, Australia, Western Europe and other areas of the world are extensively purchased when deemed relevant.
  • Publishers: works from scholarly and academic publishers are emphasized.

Types, formats, and readership of materials collected 

  • Materials with academic-level readership are selected.
  • Web-based formats for reference sources, journals and indexing sources are preferred. Print and microform are considered for reason of cost, availability, expected use or long term access.
  • Single copies of books in print formats are generally selected. Web-based formats are selected on a title by title basis, especially if the title is of interest to users at multiple Laurier campuses. Duplication of print across Laurier campuses is generally avoided.
  • Excluded types include textbooks, abridgements, study aids, limited editions, works by vanity presses, juvenile works, pamphlets, reprints and partial contents (eg. single issues of journals, electronic versions of single chapters of books).

Subjects collected and collecting priorities

Collecting priorities are categorized into 3 levels:

A - highest emphasis
The collection includes major published materials required to support the core teaching and research at the highest degree level offered by the Department.
B - secondary emphasis
The collection includes a selection of materials to complement the discipline as a whole, although it may not be a primary focus for courses.
C - selective emphasis
Materials, including reference materials and basic journals and indexes are collected to introduce and define an area.
Subjects collected Classification Collecting priority
Accounting and control    
Accounting (general) HF5601 - HF5625.7  
Controllership HG4026  
Financial accounting HF5635  
Managerial accounting HF5657.4  
Industrial accounting HF5635  
Auditing HF5667 - HF5668.25  
Accounting and control in specific businesses and industries (e.g. dairy industry, extractive industry) HF5686.A-Z  
Corporate finance HG4001 - HG4285  
Investments and investment HG4501 - HG6051  
Management HD28 - HD70  
Capital and capital markets HG4523 - HG4524  
Finance institutions (e.g. banks and banking)    
Taxation HJ2240 - HJ3192.7  
Real estate HD1361 - HD1395.5  
Insurance HG8001 - HG9999  
Personal finance (e.g. consumer credit) HG179; HG3755 - HG3756  
Public finance HJ9 - HJ2216  
International finance HG3879 - HG4000  
Marketing (general) HF5410 - HF5414.165  
Marketing research HF5415.2 - HF5415.3  
Advertising (marketing communications) HF4515.123  
Retailing and retail trade HF5428 - HF5429.6  
Sales management HF5438 - HF5439.W5  
Marketing planning HF5415.13  
Consumers and consumer behaviour HF5415.32 - HF54115.33  
Consumerism and consumer protection HC79.C63  
Organizational Behaviour    
Organization (general) HD58.7  
Industrial relations HD6958.5 - HD6976  
Labor economics HD4901  
Labor and laboring classes HD6050 - HD6305.S92  
Personal management HF5549 - HF5549.5.T8  
Administrative practices HD38.15  
Interpersonal relations HM132  
Business and industrial psychology HF5548.8 - HF5548.85  
Manufacturing operations, including production control, production, engineering, industrial engineering, factory management, quality control TS155  
Purchasing, including inventory control, materials management, value analysis HF5437  
Management of technology and technological change HD45  
Industrial research (e.g. new products) T175 - T178  
Quantitative techniques in Business    
Management science T56 - T57; HD30.25  
Operations research T57.6 - T57.96  
Business and Economic forecasting HD30.27  
Probability and statistics HD30.215; HD38  
Computers and management information systems HDF30.213  
Business and industrial management    
Business management HD31  
Industrial management HD28  
International business operations HD62.4  
Business and society HD60 - HD60.5  
Research methods HD30.4  
Business law KF888 - KF889  
Commercial law K1001 - K1395  
Corporate law KE1381 - KE1462.2  
Managerial and business economics HD30.22  
Business history HD30.5 - HD30.65  

Related programs and support 

Consortial purchases with the TriUniversity Group of Libraries (Guelph, Waterloo, Laurier university libraries), with the Ontario Council of University Libraries, and on a national level, are pursued.