Conducting research on the business and regulatory environment for a PEST analysis requires the consultation of a range of resources in order to build a comprehensive overview of the chosen industry.
This library guide provides an overview of available resources from a combination of online sources and specialist library databases grouped under PEST analysis headings.
Grouped below are a broad range of resources including library databases, government and corporate websites that provide industry, regulatory & economic information. Note that certain resources provide information on a range of areas for example the OECD not only provides global economic reporting but also documents the effects of regulation on industry and world economy.
Further guidance is provided on the additional pages for specific types of information sources as well as a reference materials in the form of dictionary and encyclopedias to assist with defining business and economics terms and terminology.
Extra support on the process of finding information is available via Study Smart where you will find modules on locating and evaluating information. All information you use in your PEST analysis needs to referenced according to CiteWrite with additional instruction on Study Smart. The library provides a range of support channels including workshops on researching & referencing.
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Australian State & Federal Government websites are all active publishers of information and therefore relevant sources for information to incorporate in your PEST Analysis. Parliaments or legislatures, ministries or agencies are typically responsible for regulating activity related to business, between businesses and between the various government entities and businesses. Both state and federal governments are responsible for producing and administering law and regulation that govern sales, marketing, transportation regulation, employment conditions, employee safety, operating licenses and codes or practise for the Agriculture industry. Government at both the federal and the state level may fund industry organisations who consult with the industry at large and as a consequence produce positioning statements and other advocacy and initiatives. Research and development is conducted by joint-funded Research Development Corporations alongside long established scientific research organisations such as the CSIRO.
Worldbank Data - The Worldbank hosts excellent wayfinding guides for data and indicators. Web portlets inside the site provide indicators for 'soft commodities' that are inputs for food and agricultural feed production. Look at the well established series, Doing Business, that provides reporting on the ease of doing business across the lifespan of enterprises and initiaitives.
|Analyst reports - focused searches across the 'Big 4' professional services firms websites are an excellent way to gauge industry directions, regional capacity building and regulatory effects.
Be purposeful with your searching - use the available filters in the particular search engine you use to conduct specific, focused searches. Consult the section titled 'Query Modifiers' on this site here. Incorporate a number of these search techniques either to specify the website from which the information is to be retrieved and what type of file format is typically associated with research reports (PDF,DOC,PPT)
For example, searching for reports by filetype (PDF/DOC/PPT) and by website URL ('deloitte.com', 'pwc.com.au', 'home.kpmg', 'ey.com/en_au') is an efficient way to mine a full website for available documents. Note that these professional services firms will also have regional offices so searching directly on the corresponding website for Australia or the Asia-Pacific region will render reports for local markets.
|Deloitte Access Economics||KPMG||Ernst &Young||PWC|
|Deloitte reports cover a broad range of industries including agriculture. Far more information is available on the website than might be apparent via the Deloitte search box - be sure to use a web search engine to conduct a focused search on the website.||KPMG supplies an extensive range of publicly available reports alongside a well developed search facility. Consider associated information that might be contained in other reports outside of the industry under investigation - information about travel and leisure as well as the prevailing global conditions make much information provided on this site relevant for inclusion into your analysis.||A shorter selection of publicly available resources are available via the Australia EY portal, however, a broader range of reports on local business conditions make Ernst & Young a worthy source of information for your analysis. A targeted web search is far more effective that the search facility on this corporate website - see here.||Focused web-based research targeting specific reputable sources, still requires the formulation of relevant terms including alternatives in the form of synonyms. PWC features podcasts as part of publicly available media on future trends and topics that effect a range of industries.|
Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment (Australian Government) - This federal department website has a wealth of resources including commissioned consultant reports
Rural Development Corporations - Primarily R&D focused joint initiatives between government and industry bodies.
CSIRO - A federally funded scientific research body focused on the development and commercialisation of new technologies. The organisation attempts to publicise much scientific activity to articulate benefits for producer, market and consumer. See the compiled list of data sources available via the CSIRO's research services here.
Agriculture Institute of Australia - Ag Institute Australia (the trading name of The Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology) is committed to promoting the advancement of Australian Agriculture and Natural Resource Management in accord with sound scientific developments and represents professionals involved in these areas.
Arifutures - A research and development organisation that focuses on the future of Australian agriculture.
Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre - AEGIC supports the trade and use of Australian grains around the world through cutting-edge grain quality and processing technology and market research innovation.
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