Last updated: September 1, 2010


The Collection Development policy is a 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 Irene Tencinger, the Collections Librarian, in cooperation with and endorsed by Rosemary McGowan, the Department Faculty Library Liaison and the Department Chair.


To support teaching, study and research up to the Honours B.A. level, as well as, to support faculty research interests.


  • Language: English language materials are collected.
  • Place of Publication: Priority is given to materials published in North America
  • Dates of Publication: Emphasis is placed on recently published works
  • Chronological Period: heavy emphasis is given to current publications
  • Geographical Areas: Special emphasis is given to publications dealing with Canadian business and industry. American business and international business operations are also stressed.
  • Publishers: Academic, scholarly and university 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, 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.
Collecting priority by subject
Subjects collected Classification Collecting priority
Emotional intelligence BF576 - BF576.8 A
Personality typing BF698.3; BF698.5 - BF698.8 A
Social science research (general works) H61 B
Interviewing (includes focus groups) H61.28; HF5549.5 I6 A
Data processing H61.3 C
Leaders - biography HC29 - HC29.2 A
Professional knowledge HD38.1 - HD38.25 B
Management research (theory and method) HD30.19 - HD30.213; H62 B
Decision making HD30.23 A
Business planning, strategic planning HD30.28 A
Mission statements HD30.285 B
Problem solving HD30.29; HD30.25 (mathematical models) C
Grounded theory HD30.4; H61.24 B
Leadership - history HD30.5 A
Comparative management HD30,55; HD62.4 B
Leadership HD57.7; HF5386 A
Contract negotiation / conflict resolution HD58.6; HD5841; HD42 A
Organizational change, culture, development, effectiveness HD58.7 - 58.9 A
Organizational change HD58.8 A
Organizational learning HD58.82 A
Organizational effectiveness HD58.9 A
Total quality management, benchmarking HD62.15 A
International business enterprises HD62.4 - HD62.45 A
Non-governmental organizations (management) HD62.6; HC60 A
Teams in the workplace HD66 - HD66.5 A
Corporate governance HD2741 - HD2749 A
Incorporation - Canada HD2753 C3 C
Cooperative societies HD2951 - HD3575 C
Business communication HD5718 A
Labour market - U.S. HD5724 B
Labour market - Canada HD5728 - HD5729.5 B
Professional employees HD8038 B
Business ethics HF5387 A
International human resources management HF5549.5E45 B
Goal setting HF5549.5G6 B
Managing a diverse workforce HF5549.5 M5; HD8018.5 (Canada) A
Racism HF5549.5R23 C
Performance management of employees HF5549.5R3 A
Recruiting employees HF5549.5R44 A
Retaining employees HF5549.5R58 A
Occupational mobility HD5717 A
Social networks and social complexity HM131; HM786 B
Groups, organizations, and community HM711 - HM755; HM756 - HM785 A
Organizational sociology and theory HM786 - HM810 A
Social institutions HM826 - HM830 B
Leadership and social change HM141; HM1261 - HM1263 A
Social mobility HT612 B
Development of professions HT687; HD4904 A
Political philosophy JA71 A
Interpersonal communication P94.7 A
Qualitative research design Q180.55M4 A

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