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Business Administration

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Business Administration



The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration was founded in 1900. It was the first graduate school of its kind. Originally, the program was a 3/2 model, under which Dartmouth College undergraduates entered the Tuck school for their fourth year, then continued a fifth year to receive a Master of Commercial Science. By the 1950s, this emphasis changed and recruiting was directed toward older students with some work experience. In 1953 the degree was renamed Master of Business Administration. A thesis had been required from the beginning of the school, but was removed from the catalog of the school around 1947. The last theses were written in 1955. Some meaningful changes have occurred in the curriculum over recent years. Business History and Agribusiness were offered for many years, but were dropped with the retirement of a faculty member. Feldberg Library still collects in these areas, but with less intensity. Technology management, private equity/entrepreneurship and global business are expanding areas in the curriculum, which are increasingly important in the collection policy.

General Purpose

The Feldberg Library collection supports the research, teaching and curricular needs of faculty and graduate students in business administration. The collection development emphasis is on purchasing current literature. Subject strengths include: accounting, business economics, business ethics, business history, business policy and strategy, computer science as applied to business and management, entrepreneurship, finance, financial analysis, general management, international business, management communication, management science, marketing, operations research, organizational behavior, private equity, real estate, stock markets (including emerging markets), technological change and technology management and policy.

Dartmouth College Program

The Tuck School offers a two-year MBA degree. The major users of the collection are Tuck students and faculty. Undergraduate students in economics, geography, and policy studies as well as graduate and undergraduate students at Thayer School of Engineering also use the collection. All are heavy users of the collection for career and employment information. Dartmouth administration, Tuck Executive Program (TEP), and Minority Business Executives Program (MBEP), participants also utilize the collection. Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center administrators are also users of management literature. In addition, Tuck conducts a summer program for undergraduates, The Tuck Business Bridge Program, which introduces college juniors, seniors and recent graduates to basic business practices. In recent years, Tuck has also participated in a national program called Leadership Education and Development Program (LEAD), which introduces minority high school students to business. These students are users of the Feldberg collections.

There are currently 48 faculty members and active recruiting continues. The Tuck School has always been one of the smallest of the residential graduate business schools in the United States, and continues to be so in the present. Historically, the student body has been around 375. Over the next few years it will be increased to over 400. Significant changes to the core curriculum (first year program) are being planned and will be implemented with the class entering in Fall 2000 (class of 2002). These changes may influence collection patterns.

Three research centers have recently been established, which are influencing collection patterns for Feldberg Library. These are: the Center for Corporate Governance, the Center for Asia and the Emerging Economies, and the John H. Foster Center for Private Equity.

General Subject Boundaries

The major holdings for Business Administration are in LC classes HA through HV. In addition holdings fall in classes J and K (bankruptcy / merger & acquisitions, business law) and HM and QA (computer science). While most material is in Feldberg Library there are extensive holdings in Baker Library relating to social sciences, government documents, and law. As noted in the Economics Collection Development Policy , Feldberg and Baker share several areas of dual interest and have recognized the need to duplicate materials selectively. A Blackwell approval plan for slips only is used to assist in the Business Administration collection development process.


English is the primary language of the collection although no language is excluded.

Geographic Areas

Primary emphasis is on the United States. Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries have been and continue to be emphasized. The collection is becoming increasingly international in scope with greater emphasis on emerging markets, especially the Pacific Rim countries, South America and Eastern Europe. No geographic areas are specifically excluded.

Types Of Material Collected

Monographs, periodicals and other serial publications, statistical sources, directories, and other standard reference works are collected. Feldberg collects many U.S. government documents (e.g. Bureau of Census), as well as publications from the World Bank, OECD and the International Monetary Fund.

Format Of Materials Collected

Materials are acquired in print, microform, compact disc, videotape and on the World Wide Web. The collection has become heavily weighted toward electronic and web-based information sources. Many information sources that were available on compact disc have been replaced by web access. No format is excluded if the material is relevant to the collection.

Special Collections and Manuscripts

A paper collection of U.S. company annual reports from the early to mid-twentieth century is of historical importance. These are located in Feldberg Library. All theses written in the early days of the Tuck School are retained in the Storage Library.

Other Resources Available

RLG and OCLC library holdings are accessed through their respective networked services to supplement the collection. Lexis/Nexis, Dialog, and Dow Jones Interactive are remotely accessed information services, which provide full-text, abstracted, and citation level material. On-site image database services such as UMI's Business Periodicals Ondisc (BPO) and Laser Disclosure (SEC Documents) are widely used for search and retrieval at the article/document level. As noted above in Format of Materials Collected, web sites are becoming dominant in the provision of information. An available collecting tool is "New Books at Baker Library" from the Harvard Business School Library.

Other Related Collection Policies

Economics Collection Development Policy

Revision History

November 1994, (Jonathan Brown)

January 2000 (Bette Snyder)

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Bette Snyder

Current Bibliographer

Karen L. Sluzenski

Last Updated: 8/5/16