Benchmarking with XpertHR

  • Absence and leave
  • Diversity and equality
  • Employee relations
  • Pay and benefits
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Training and development
  • Work organisation

Employer data includes typical sickness absence rates, holiday entitlement, training budgets, graduate starting salaries, labour turnover, overtime payments, redundancy management, shift pay and even Christmas working arrangements plus you have access to:

  • A database of more than 3,000 questions
  • Answers from more than 5,000 companies taking part in our ongoing programme of surveys
  • Benchmarker tools enabling you to input your own data, so you can see within seconds where you stand in comparison with your peers
  • Data that you can refine by organisation size, sector and geographical region
  • Tools to create tables and charts and download benchmarking results for use in assignments

To access this resource, please follow the instructions at to login to XpertHR via Shibboleth.  Then head for > Tools  > Benchmarking.

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Take a fresh look at Key Note

Do you need to find market intelligence or company information, or get involved in list building and benchmarking for UK-based companies?  If so, the new look Key Note database has all you need!

In summary, it includes:

  • Market reports for UK-based companies in 22 sectors (updated annually) to include where possible:
    • Dynamic chapters – company profiles & league tables (updated monthly)
    • SWOT and PESTEL analysis
    • Chapters on overseas trade / international perspective
  • New SIC Top 500 market digests
  • Financial data now available for 10 years (previously 5 years)
  • ‘Live’ data and free documents from Companies House (updated every 24 hrs)
  • More focus on employability with benchmarking tools / list building features and same data available to both academic and corporate subscribers


Image reproduced with kind permission from Key Note Ltd.
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Keep up-to-date with new articles publishing in business & management

Here are 2 examples of publishers who make it easy to stay up-to-date:

Palgrave Journals in Business and Management.  Simply sign up for Journal e-Alerts in order to be emailed the ‘Tables of Contents (ToCs)’ for new issues as soon as they are published online. NB. USW has full-text access online to most, but not all, of the Palgrave Macmillan journals listed, but you can check availability.

Emerald Insight. To ensure that you don’t miss out on topical, relevant and new research, you can sign up to Emerald subject alerts in order receive subject content direct to your inbox.  This is how you do it:

  • Login to Emerald Insight.
  • Visit the Subject Area Registration Page.
  • Select areas of interest to you and submit.
  • If you already have a profile, please login. If you do not have a profile, please select register and complete your details.
emerald_logo_newImage used with kind permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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Management Gold

The Chartered Management Institute’s Management Book of the Year prize was created to honour the best in the field of management writing.  Held in association with the British Library, and sponsored by Henley Business School, this competition aims to celebrate the best of management books published or distributed in the UK; books that have the potential to transform the effectiveness of working managers or equip students for future management roles.

With regard to equipping students for future management roles, it is interesting to note that this award has a Management and Leadership Textbook category.  This title is awarded to the entry that, in the opinion of the judges (but not necessarily our academics), will most effectively support a course of study on a management and leadership topic.  All of these textbooks are available from USW libraries, so please use the links below if you see a title that you think could be useful for you!

2014/2015 Shortlist (winner announced 09 February 2015)

Aycan, Z., Kanungo, R.N. and Mendonça, M. (2014) Organizations and management in cross-cultural context. London: Sage.  WINNER!!!

Baron, R.A. (2014) Essentials of entrepreneurship: evidence and practice. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Khristenko, V.B., Reus, A.G. and Zinchenko, A.P. et al. (2014) Methodological school of management. London: Bloomsbury.

Roe, K. (2014) Leadership: practice and perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Previous winners:


Christopher, E. (2012) International management: explorations across cultures. London: Kogan Page.


Kumra, S. and Manfredi, S. (2012) Managing equality and diversity: theory and practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Blowfield, M. and Murray, A. (2011) Corporate responsibility. 2nd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Using Business Source Premier on the go!

Just follow these simple steps to use Business Source Premier, and other EBSCO research database subscribed to by the University of South Wales, on your device:

  1. Connect to Business Source Premier
  2. Click on link at bottom of the page which says iPhone and Android apps
  3. Enter your email address
  4. Open the email using your device
  5. Follow the download instructions, and then activate the authentication key using the link provided in the email

It should all work fine from there!

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Social media data and Mintel

Mintel Oxygen Academic is a one-stop online platform, designed to provide students and academics with easy and fast access to the same consumer and market intelligence used by professionals around the world.

A recent change is that social media metrics are starting to be included in new Mintel reports.  For example, the following reports published in March 2014 include sections about Brand Advertising, Perception and Social Media:

  1. Biscuits, Cookies and Crackers – UK
  2. Food and Drink Retailing – UK
  3. Mobile Network Providers – UK

If you are interested in Kred scores, social media influence and who is creating an ‘online buzz’, then look out for more social media coverage amongst the 21 new Mintel reports being published in April 2014.

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Wales’ biggest companies 2013

“This is the 13th year the School of Business, now at the University of South Wales, has worked with Media Wales to produce the Top 300 supplement”.

To read the rest of David Pickernell’s introduction and to view this year’s list, published today as a supplement to the Western Mail, please visit Wales Online.

Wales' biggest companies

© 2013 Emma Harrison

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New source for global market data

Mintel Global Market Navigator is a database for global market data.  It contains market size data, market share and segmentation, market forecast data and socio-economic data for 17 industries in 30 countries.

A short tutorial providing an overview is also available to help to get you started.

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Britain in 2015

Updated: January 12, 2015

JPG RGB Small with BorderEvery year the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) publishes the Britain In magazine which reflects on the country’s most important issues, and offers solutions to many of the problems that British society faces.

The 2015 issue is now available in Treforest’s Library and Student Centre, and it showcases ESRC funded research such as:

  • An evaluation of what the results mean after the referendum on Scotland’s independence
  • How the NHS is faring in the face of structural reforms, austerity pressures, costly medical advances and more people living longer
  • Can we learn lessons from the US experience of producing gas by hydraulic fracturing?
  • More of us are living longer; increasing the chance that dementia will affect us in some way – what is being done to meet the challenge?
  • Bingo has a reputation for being a social game but it is now big business throughout the world.

NB. Back copies (2007-) are also available to download.

8-32904Britain in 2015

Images used with kind permission from the Economic and Social Research Council.

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Dawsonera update for Android and Apple Devices

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Dawsonera is currently the University of South Wales’ main supplier of electronic library books, including many key titles of particular interest to the Business School’s staff, students and researchers.

All titles can be read online, but did you know that there is also an option to download for offline reading? In effect, this allows you to virtually ‘borrow’ the book for a 24 hour period, which could be useful, for example, if would like to study whilst you are on a long train/plane/bus journey.

It is easy to download eBooks on to a laptop or PC, but if you would like to download to a device, you will need to change a couple of settings. Full instructions are available for both Android and Apple devices.

I hope this Dawsonera upgrade will useful for your studies, and if you are part of the Business School, please feel free to contact me any time if you have any questions about the university’s electronic books collection.

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