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SWOT

In the Business Source Premier Database, you can find published SWOT analyses for many public companies. Sometimes they are within company profiles. You can see if there is a company profile for your franchise by clicking on the company profiles tab above the search bar.

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Or you can search for your company and narrow by source type as below.

 

After searching for a company by name, look at the left hand menu.

Under Source Types click show more

Search Types

Then select SWOT Analyses and click update.

Search Types

In Lexis Nexis,

  1. Open the Search by Subject or Topic menu
  2. From Companies, choose Company Profiles
  3. Enter this phrase: COMPANY (apple) AND PUBLICATION (swot)  -  (Change your company name), Click Search.
  4. Review your results

Search shot of Lexis Nexis highlight Search by Subject or Topic on the upper right.

Screenshot for Lexis Nexis Company Profiles Search.  - Enter a company name and click search.

If there isn't a SWOT analysis, you can create your own SWOT analysis by collecting information from multiple sources, such as company profiles, industry & market information, and news.   
 
  • Your Opportunities and Threats are about the industry, not the individual company. Look at industry profiles and a SWOT analysis for your competitor (you have the same O&T if you are in the same industry and you may or may not have the same S&W's). 
  • Your exact search terms to locate articles (in Business Source Premier, ABI Inform, or Lexis Nexis) will vary per your company. Consider using the advanced search. In one row, include the company name and use the pull-down box to select Company.  In another consider the phrases you'd like to find in your article. You can try strengths OR advantages. If that doesn't work, try customers OR consumers as the articles about the customers might discuss what they like or don't like about the products or services. 
 
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