The internet is a great source of management and business information. Here are some sites that I find especially useful. 

Advertising & Marketing
Business associations
Business news
Business school insights
Consultant publications
Corporate governance
Interesting people
Strategy research
Think tanks
World affairs

Outstanding source of information on the hot topic of branding. Articles on just about every aspect of the subject. Articles, book reviews, quotes, etc.
Interbrand, a leading brand consultancy, provides a rich lode of information and articles on the all-important issue of branding.
Online magazine about brand management. Links to and
Aimed at marketing execs in medium and large organizations, Website is companion to CMO magazine. Big archive of good articles.

Monthly magazine about retail marketing and design.

Want to go beyong branding? Try a “Lovemark.” The concept was invented by Kevin Roberts CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, one of the world’s top ad agencies.”A Lovemark,” he says, “is something that reaches your heart as well as your mind, creating an intimate, emotional connection that you just can’t live without…”
Articles from marketers and marketing academics

Reveries Magazine
A really cool site! Essays, interviews, white papers, etc.


Fast Company
Rich source of opinion on virtually every management subject.


Business Roundtable
Association of CEOs of top U.S. corporations, dedicated to shaping public policies that affect future competitiveness. Useful research reports, opinion surveys, etc.

Chartered Management Institute
UK-based organization for managers. Some articles from Professional Manager magazine freely available on the site, plus basic info on many management topics, but membership required for maximum value.

European Chamber of Commerce. Reports on economic trends and outlook, and competitiveness in that important region.

The Conference Board
US-based organization with members in 2,000 companies in 60 countries. Excellent information of many management issues. Regular – and very influential – economic forecasts.

The Institute of Directors in Southern Africa
Source of the world-leading King II report on corporate governance. Members get many benefits.

The Institute of Directors UK
Offers members a range of benefits – training & development, coaching, advice, travel services, etc. Policy analysis and lobbying. Annual convention a major fixture on the UK business calendar. Chartered Director program me.

World Business Academy
Focus on social impact of business.


Top South African business news site, published by award-winning journalist, Alec Hogg.


Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Reseach papers on many topics from leading US business school.

Insead is a leading European business school, and their site offers access to papers on cutting-edge management thinking, video clips, and much else.

[email protected]
Regular newsletter from prominent business school covers a wide range of topics.


World’s largest consulting firm produces a wealth of research and reports. Outlook Online journal is excellent. Search by subject, industry, geography, etc.

AT Kearney
Excellent research-based publications, including Executive Agenda journal.

Bain & Co.
Annual “Management Tools” survey provides fascinating view of what’s hot and what was just a fad. An “Executive Guide” to management tools explains many of them. Lots of articles on this site, too.

Boston Consulting Group
Prestigious firm with long history of producing new management ideas. Great publications.

Ernst & Young
Issues & Perspectives Library provides articles and white papers – industry insights, corporate governance, entrepreneurship, risk management, tax, etc.

IBM Institute For Business Value
One of the world’s biggest consulting firms provides global insights. Excellent reports.

Marakon Associates
Firm specialises in growing shareholder value. Quarterly Marakon Commentary is available here (or free subscription). Also lots of articles for download.

McKinsey & Co.
McKinsey Quarterly and its archives.

Mercer Management Consulting
Get the Mercer Management Journal and plenty of other useful material.

The firm founded by Michael Porter has big-name partners, and some of their ideas are available for download here.

Proudfoot Consulting
Reports and articles on productivity from specialist in this critical field.

Roland Berger
German firm produces good insights.

Firm founded by Gary Hamel. Excellent articles, white papers, etc.


Sarbanes-Oxley Forum
Articles, white papers, discussions, opinions, newsletters, webcasts.


Commission on Growth & Development
Global study, recommendations by 300 international experts.

World Bank
Huge database.


British Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit Survival Guide
Useful guide to guide to government strategy-making.

Eurochambres: Time for a fresh start
Two-part report on Europe’s competitiveness. Invaluable view of what helps … and what gets in the way.


American Economic Association
Recent conference papers, links to huge number of resources for economists, blogs,etc. Membership required for access to much of the material.

Brad DeLong
Brad DeLong, a professor of economic history at the University of California in Berkeley, is a great thinker and writer on economics. Daily comment here, with current events put into historical perspective.

Economic Cycle Research Institute
Customised data to paid subscribers.

Economic Strategy Institute
A Washington-based “private, non-profit, non-partisan public policy research organization dedicated to assuring that globalization works with market forces to achieve maximum benefits.” Led by Clyde Prestowitz, author of many works on global trade and competition. Some editorial comment. Reports for purchase.

Economics Working Paper Archive
Award winning service from the Economics Department of Washington University. Working papers in 22 subject areas.

Goldman Sachs
Research reports on market-changing issues, corporate governance, etc.<

International Monetary Fund Publications
World Economic Outlook, plus a host of other reports and research.

London School of Economics – CentrePiece
CentrePiece, journal of the LSE carries excellent articles on current economic issues.

Morgan Stanley
Gkobal views on economic issues

Northern Trust Co.
Chicago-based financial services firm provides weekly opinion on the US economy.

Paul Krugman
Paul Krugman, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in economics, is one of the few in the field who make complex matters simple enough for most of us. An expert on global trade, he has gained fame for his provocative New York Times columns. His blog is worth checking daily.

Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics
Private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the study of international economic policy. Working papers, speeches, reports.

Bill Gross, Mohammed El-Erian and others at this leading bond trading firm offer much to think about on the global economy.

The Dismal Scientist
An outstanding source of global economics data, opinion, etc. Some of it is free, but subscribers get much more. Indispensable for anyone in a decision-making role.

The Information Economy
The Economics of the Internet, information goods, intellectual property and related issues. Goldmine of links, info from University of South California Berkley’s School of Information Management and Systems.

The Library of Economics & Liberty
Articles, essays, book reviews, commentary, discussions.

The White House Economic Statistics Briefing Room
Official views on the US economy.

The World Bank Group
Global reports, trends, studies, webcasts.

Swiss financial services giant provides wealth of economic insight. Daily audio briefing.


Abengoa Bioenergy
Major biofuel producer. Documents make strong case for biofuels.

American Petroleum Institute
National trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry.

BP Statistical Review
Comprehensive annual update of energy statistics.

Cambridge Energy Research Associates
Highly-regarded research firm led by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Daniel Yergen. Many free articles, but membership required for others and for reports.

Electric Power Research Institute
Conducts R&D on technology, operations and the environment for the global electric power sector. Free journal, but members-only access to research reports.

Energy Institute
Over 13,500 individual and 300 corporate members in100 countries. Promotes safe, environmentally responsible and efficient supply and use of energy.

World’s biggest gas and oil company.

International Energy Agency
Energy policy advisor to 27 member countries. Current work focuses on climate change policies, market reform, energy technology collaboration and outreach to the rest of the world, especially major consumers and producers of energy like China, India, Russia and the OPEC countries.

Oil & Gas Journal Online
Oil and gas news. Analysis of issues and events. Technology info. Statistics on international markets and activity.

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries

Rapidly-globlizing South African leader in coal, oil, gas, fuels, and chemicals.

Saudi Aramco
Saudi Arabian oil company is biggest in the world.

Shell Oil
Research reports. Excellent material on scenarios from pioneer in the field.

South African Department of Minerals & Energy

The Baker Institute Energy Forum
Energy focus from the James A. Baker III Institute at Rice University.

Reports, journal, news.

US Energy Information Administration
Official energy statistics from the US Government.

World Energy Council

World Petroleum Council
Encourages dialogue about key technical, social, environmental and management challenges in global energy.

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor
World’s largest and longest study of entrepreneurial activity. Country reports on entrepreneurship, policy, conference proceedings, speeches, etc.


Brookings Institute
Studies, reports.

Environment Proection Agency
US government agency. Publications, issues, trends.

European Commission – Environment
European Commission’s environmental site.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Scientific intergovernmental body set up by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Assesses the latest scientific, technical and socio-economic literature produced worldwide on risks and impacts of human-induced climate change, and options for adaptation and mitigation.

Kyoto Protocol
Global treaty to reduce climate change.

Kyoto Protocol
international agreement linked to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Sets binding targets for 37 industrialized countries and the European Community for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

McKinsey Climate Change Special Initiative
Major consulting firm provides excellent insights, analysis, and viewpoints.

Stern Report
Influential British government-commissioned report highlights economic impact of inaction.


Institute for Political and Economic Governance
IPEG is a multi-disciplinary research institute of the University of Manchester which aims to understand unfolding governance challenges and share learning. Good papers, articles, etc.


Bureau for Economic Research – AIDS research
Stellenbosch Bureau for Economic Research HIV/AIDS info.

Kaiser Family Foundation
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on major health care issues facing the US. However, it is involved in other places, and there’s good material on this site.

SA Business Coalition against AIDS
Strategies, case studies, surveys, and articles on HIV/AIDS in business.

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Focus on the economic impact of HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

Treatment Action Campaign
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) campaigns for greater access to HIV treatment for all South Africans, focusing on issues of availability, affordability and use of HIV treatments.

Global perspective on the disease. A wealth of information.


Erik Brynjolfsson
Erik Brynjolfsson is professor of Management MIT Sloan School of Management, Director of the Center for eBusiness at MIT, and Co-editor of the Ecommerce Research Forum. He focuses on how businesses use information technology and the Internet. Plenty of working papers here.

Hal Varian
Professor in the School of Information Management and Systems at the Haas School of Business, and the Department of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. Ranked as a major guru. Many fascinating articles here.

John Seely Brown
Former Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and Director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Now “Chief of Confusion, helping people ask the right questions, trying to make a difference through my work- speaking, writing, teaching.”

Kevin Roberts
The CEO of the Saatchi & Saatchi ad agency has interesting things to say about selling stuff. Also check

Michael Schrage
Schrage is co-director of the MIT Media Lab’s E-Markets Initiative and a senior adviser to MIT’s Security Studies Program. Many fascinating articles here.

Nicholas Carr
Nicholas Carr caused a storm with his May 2003 Harvard Business Review article, “IT Doesn’t Matter.” The ongoing debate about his views is essential reading – and not just for IT folk!

Tom Peters
Wacky, insightful, always ahead of the curve. Articles, news, PowerPoint Presentations.

Warren Buffet
“The Sage of Omaha” has much say about business and management … and says it beautifully. His annual letters to shareholders are masterpieces and should be mandatory reading in every business class and company.


Aspen Institute
Organization “fosters enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue” through seminars, policy programs, conferences and development initiatives. Thought-provoking books and reports (many available for free download). Also articles from journal, The Aspen Idea.

Centre For Creative Leadership
Has a deserved reputation for leadership development. Plenty of material here to help you understand this topic.

Leader To Leader Institute
Formerly The Peter F. Drucker Foundation For Nonprofit Management. Primarily for social sector organizations and executives, but a great leadership resource for almost everyone.

The Chief Executive Leadership Institute – Yale University
Listing of new studies on leadership, but little detail. But you you can see a summary of the Yale/Gallup CEO Survey Report.

Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management
Get The Wharton Leadership Digest, a monthly update on leadership, plus lots of other good stuff from this esteemed business school at the University of Pennsylvania.

Academy of Management
World leader in advancing management thinking. Members mostly academics, but also include growing numbers of consultants and executives. Annual conference; special interest groups; great publications.

American Society for Quality
The latest on quality.

American Society for Training & Development
Human resource focus. US-based, but with global membership. Training magazine is excellent – available either as membership benefit or stand-alone subscription. Annual report on state of HR “industry.” Annual convention with top-rated speakers, workshops, poster sessions, etc.

Asia Pacific Management Forum
A wealth of information – news, articles, etc – about managing in Asia.

Balanced Scorecard Institute
Concepts, applications, case studies, articles, white papers, courses, etc.

Business Performance Management Forum
The BPM Forum helps advance the understanding of business performance management techniques, technologies, and processes in global enterprises. Brings together executives in finance, operations, and technology functions to explore new ways to translate strategy into action and improve performance. Excellent papers on the site.

Centre for Economic Performance – Management Practices
Management research from the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. Reports, papers.

Product Development & Management Association
Aims to improve effectiveness of individuals and organizations in product development and management. Excellent magazine – “Visions” – on the site.

Strategic Management Society
Not much on the site, but the Journal is worth subscribing to and annual conferences showcase new strategy research.


Almost every management topic: strategy, leadership, change management, corporate governance, etc. Article search, blogs, white papers, webcasts.
Great portal with emphasis on knowledge management.
A really useful business portal.

CEO Express
Designed for executive news junkies, routes you to the world’s top media. But also takes you to financial info and advice, travel, weather, shopping, and much more.

Contemporary Africa Database
Comprehensive listing of African organizations.
If you’re looking for magazine articles on management, this is a great place to start.

Many Worlds
“Knowledge network for business thought leaders.” Excellent source of stuff on strategy, innovation, leadership, organizational culture, advanced decision making and strategic marketing.

Articles, newsletters, webcasts, search, etc.

Value Based
Want info on management concepts? Look no further. A mind-boggling listing.


Better Management
Articles and cases
on performance management (including balanced scorecard), change management,
risk management and IT management.

Business 2.0
Lots of insights and ideas from the cutting edge of business. Must reading for entrepreneurs … but great value for big business executives, too.

Business Finance Magazine
Online magazine covering strategy, performance management, budgeting, and much more. Links to other sites.
The site is now a “read-only landmark”, but you can download the The Cluetrain Manifesto, a best-selling book, for views on what made the New Economy such a gripping idea.
Aimed at marketing execs in medium and large organizations, Website is companion to CMO magazine. Big archive of good articles.

European Business Forum
Quarterly journal. Excellent stuff.

Fast Company
The print magazine is great if you’re trying to keep up with what used to be called the “New Economy” (but is now just the “new normal”) and the site is outstanding.

Business news, astute views. Market reports and trends, video reports, newsletters, alerts, etc.

Premier business magazine. News, analysis, opinion. Some articles available free on the site, but subscription gets you the lot – plus the archive.

Gallup Management Journal
Famous research company is a really good source of management advice. Subscription allows maxim access.

Harvard Business School recent publications
Faculty publications, including new and forthcoming books, published papers, book chapters, and working papers. Good place to see what’s capturing the interest of staff at this great business school.

Ivey Business Journal
Outstanding product of a prestigious Canadian Business School

Knowledge Management
Bias towards IT, but a very wide range of material.

Management Consulting News
Aimed at consultants, the site carries many articles that any executive will find useful. Free e-mail newsletter.

Management First
Online management publication offers a wide variety of articles on most management subjects. You can also sign up for regular e-mail updates.

Rotman Magazine
Great journal from Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in Canada. Available on subscription, but also as free download.

Smart Leadership
Keep up to speed on leadership issues here.

Strategy + Business
Online edition of Strategy& Business, Booz Allen & Hamilton’s excellent management journal.

The CEO Refresher
Calls itself “Brain food for business!” and the title is spot on. New material monthly, plus an archive of 1100 articles.

The Corporate Library
International corporate governance research.

The granddaddy of Internet magazines, funky and opinionated. A wonderful read.

World Business
One-stop portal for new ideas from management journals and conferences. Articles, alerts about upcoming events, forums, searchable database, and much else.

Start here to track down articles in a huge list of business publications.

HighBeam Research
Archive of more than 32 million documents from over 2,800 sources from past 20 years. Subscription.

Lehman Social Sciences Library, Columbia University – List of think tanks
Find research, opinion, etc. on almost any public policy issue.

Marketing Science Institute
An organization which links marketing science theory and business practice. Members include 70 sponsoring corporations and leading researchers from over 100 universities worldwide. Great source of working papers.

Social Science Research Network
New articles and working papers on many topics.

Updates, analysis, policy from SA’s biggest bank.

African National Congress
Home page of the ruling party. Get President Thabo Mbeki’s weekly letter and other insights into what the country’s leaders are thinking.

Bureau for Economic Research
Stellenbosch University’s Bureau for Economic Research is a good starting starting point for latest insights on the economy.

Center for International Development at Harvard University
A panel of international experts, working with the SA Treasury, to develop new ideas for growing the economy. Excellent working papers and research documents.

Centre For Development And Enterprise
Critical developmental topics explored. Executive summaries of research reports, media releases, articles.

Centre For Policy Studies
A wealth of research, briefs, position papers, etc., on South Africa’s socio-political and economic development.

Democratic Alliance
South Africa’s official opposition party.

First National Bank/Rand Merchant Bank
Data, reports, and insights from teams headed by highly-regarded economists Sizwe Nxedlana at FNB and Etienne le Roux at RMB. Contributions from experts in other fields add perspective.

Friedrich Ebert Foundation
Insights on political, social and economic transformation in SA from a private, cultural non-profit institution.

Helen Suzman Foundation
The Foundation has the aim of deepening democracy in South Africa. Surveys and in-depth research into political parties, elections and attitudes on a wide variety of issues in South Africa, Zimbabwe and other southern African countries.
Quarterly magazine, Focus, is available on this site.

Human Sciences Research Council
Invaluable source of research-based information on many issues, industries, etc.

The Institute for Democracy in South Africa is an independent public interest organisation which promotes sustainable democracy in SA and elsewhere. Useful background info, commentary, analysis, reports, etc.

Institute for Justice & Reconciliation
The IJR promotes reconciliation, transitional justice and democratic nation-building in Africa by means of research, analysis and selective intervention. It seeks to understand the causes of conflict and promote the resolution of conflict. It provides analysis, builds capacity, and produces resources for social transformation and development. Interesting bulletins & research reports are available on the site.

Institute For Security Studies
Analysis of all issues impacting on security in Africa. Plenty of insightful articles, press releases, etc. Also links to key African organizations.

Investec Economic Research
Leading bank provides comprehensive info on the SA economy. Reports on the national budget, GDP, outlook, currency, tourism, etc. Comment by Chief Economist Annabel Bishop.

JP Landman
Articles on politics, economics, and social issues from an independent analyst.

JSE Securities Exchange SA
Stock trading data, economic indicators, detail on listed companies, regulatory info, links to local and global organizations.

Big Four bank’s comment and research.

Nelson Mandela Foundation
Goal of the Foundation is to identify and work in areas where SA’s iconic leader can make a difference. Website carries some news, HIV/Aids info, and a few speeches.

Proudly South African
Promoting “Brand SA.”

SA Chamber of Business
Local business news, policy, trends, economic updates. Many useful documents.

SA Government
Home page of the SA government. Services, information, and contacts.

SA Reserve Bank
Regular economic reports, sector trends, etc.

South Africa Info
The International Marketing Council’s “gateway” for investors and visitors. News, background info, good web directory.

South Africa Online
Growing number of links in many categories, from arts and entertainment to education, finance, management, reference, and travel.

South Africa The Good News
As the name suggests, good news! Steuart Pennington has done a great job of providing facts and setting the record straight on many issues.

South African news sources
News agencies and media.

Standard Bank Research
Economic trends, financial markets, currency movements, etc.

The Business Trust
Influential organization links business and government to meet South Africa’s challenges together. Some useful reports here.

The International Marketing Council of South Africa
Promotes the country as “alive with possibility” – as it indeed is. Good news and info that “builds the brand”.


Institute for Strategy & Competitiveness
Based at Harvard Business School, and led by Michael E. Porter, the Institute studies competition and its implications for company strategy; the competitiveness of nations, regions and cities; and solutions to social problems.

Website and discussion forum for scholars interested in researching and teaching strategy as practice. Many papers available for download.


American Enterprise Institute
Influential US think tank provides opinion on key issues, with economics focus. Look for John Makin’s essays in the Economics section.

Brookings Institution
Prominent private organization devoted to analyzing public policy issues. Research reports, opinion pieces, and much else on a range of topics — business, competition, economics, politics, etc.

Delta Scan
A forum for scanning the science and technology horizon over the next 50 years. Contains 100 outlook pages covering a wide range of scientific disciplines and technologies.

UK-based political think tank – “a greenhouse for new ideas which can improve the quality of our lives … our aim is to create an open resource of knowledge and learning that operates beyond traditional parties, identities and disciplines.” Lots of interesting research documents for download.

Discovery Institute
Aims to “make a positive vision of the future practical.” Projects explore technology, science and culture, reform of the law, national defense, the environment and the economy, the future of democratic institutions, transportation, religion and public life, government entitlement spending, foreign affairs, etc. Membership. Some free articles, plus links to work of thinkers such as George Gilder.

Foreign Affairs Online – List of think tanks
Find the think tank you’re looking for.

Heritage Foundation
Conservative think tank produces annual Index of Economic Freedom (in conjunction with the Wall Street Journal), which describes conditions affecting economic performance in 161 countries. Available as free PDF downloads.

Institute For The Future
Silicon Valley-based independent non-profit organization studies what’s ahead – technology, work, daily life, consumerism, etc., providing “the foresight to create insights that lead to action.”

James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
Research institute at Rice University.

National Institute for Research Advancement – List of think tanks
If you want to locate a think tank, this a good place to start.

Olin & Uris Library, Cornell University – List of think tanks
“The seven steps of the research process” – handy guidelines if you’re writing a thesis, research paper, or article.

Rand Corporation
Independent non-profit think tank studies major global challenges – education, poverty, crime, the environment, national security issues, etc. A trove of info here.

Santa Fe Institute
The Santa Fe Institute is devoted to creating a new kind of scientific research community, studying natural, artificial, and social systems. Membership required for maximum value, but many working papers are freely available.

Sigma Scan
Valuable collection of future issues and trends developed by the Outsights-Ipsos MORI partnership, commissioned by the UK Government’s Horizon Scanning Centre at the DTI Office of Science and Innovation

UC Berkeley Centre for Future Urban Transport
Studies interdependence of urban transportation policy and technology.


Center for Strategic and International Studies
Insights on global issues with security focus. Trove of articles and reports.

CIA World Factbook
The US Central Intelligence Agency gathers – and shares – facts about the world. Check the CIA’s main site too.

Monthly opinion magazine of the American Jewish Committee. World affairs.

European Union & the US
Views about EU’s relationship with the US

Global Agenda
Wide-ranging opinion from leading experts on almost every aspect of world affairs.
Created by Oxford Analytica, a political and economic news analysis organization which captures views of professors in more than 100 countries. Links to news wires, newspapers, economic think-tanks, strategic studies institutes, and web pages of governments and international institutions.

Strategic Studies Quarterly
Journal from Air University, US Air Force’s center for professional military education.

The Council of the European Union
Policies, decisions, etc.

The Globalist
Daily online magazine on the global economy, polics, culture.

United Nations
World affairs. Trends. Statistics.

World Economic Forum
World Competitiveness Report & other good stuff.

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