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Business & Management (RSM)

This guide gives an overview of recommended sources for business and management research



Private company, start-up, venture-capital, private equity data are available in the following subscription-based databases: 

  • Please note these databases are restricted for academic purposes only and cannot be used for commercial purposes. 

WRDS Venture Capital

All federally filed private placements ― “equity” or ownership change in a company above a certain monetary threshold, but without a formal IPO or M&A process. Data  from 5 different SEC filings.


Open data sources: 

To retrieve current and historical data on publicly companies' investment in research and development, as reported in their annual reports, you can access: 

Patents are a valuable source of information. Patents not only provide details about an invention or technology, but provide insight into companies research activities -which are rarely recorded elsewhere- and a record of their trajectory in innovation. 

To find patent data, you can browse through the following databases: 

WRDS US Patents (Beta) -  current data coverage between 2011 and 2019. 

General country patent and R&D statistics are available on Passport. 

Free websites: 

  • WIPO IP Statistics Data Center - Online service enabling access to WIPO's statistical data on intellectual property (IP) activity worldwide.  
  • WIPO - PATENTSCOPE - Database that tallows you to access millions of patent documents, namely: International Patent Applications under the PCT Regional and national patent collections from all participating countries. 
  • EPO - European Patent Office 
  • Espacenet - The Netherlands Patent Office
  • Free Patents Online - Provides linked categories to help explore patents in a particular area.
  • Google Patents - Full text searchable international patents.
  • Patent Lens - Integrated visualization tools plus the ability to download bulk data.