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Advanced Accounting

AICPA Resources for International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRP) – find the latest news and publications for IFRP on this site managed by and AICPA.

American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) - leading professional organization for CPAs, this site offers professional development resources, standards, research and publications in all areas of accounting and taxation, and membership information.

CrocTrail – provides a database for searching or browsing SEC filings for U. S. public companies and their foreign subsidiaries.

Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) – an independent organization that sets standards for financial reporting and accounting for non-governmental organizations. Standards are available with free registration in basic or academic views. Also find news on new standards or updates.

Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) – an independent organization established for setting standards for financial reporting and accounting for state and local government entities. Standards are available with free registration in basic or academic views. Also find news on new standards or updates.

Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) – an international professional association for members who work in internal auditing, risk management, governance, internal control, information technology audit, education, and security. Find standards and guidance for internal auditing standards, IIA’s code of ethics, position papers, practice advisories, and practice guides.

International Federation of Accountants (IFA) – an international professional association for the accounting profession. Find news about global economy, professional development opportunities, and resources on related topics.

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) – non-profit organization established by Congress to audit public companies. Find Board rules, code of conduct and bylaws, standards, registration and reporting, inspections, enforcement and more available in either html text or PDF format to download.

U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) – a non-partisan agency tasked with being the ‘government watchdog’ for spending and accountability. Find reports and testimonies, featured collections on debt and cost-savings, legal decisions and key topics.

Applied Computer Science

C# Programming Guide – from Microsoft Developer Network, this online guide includes C# language features and other features through .NET framework. Geared for intermediate to advanced level users.

National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) – non-profit professional organization for chief information officers and network executives. The organization produces research briefs and other publications. Under Resources and Tools, access the Enterprise Architecture Program Toolkit and related publications.

Association for Enterprise Information (AFEI) – a member association for industry and government business interests for enterprise information use and decision-making.

Association for Enterprise Architecture – professional membership organization providing career resources, forums and working groups. They have recently made available a seminal report from 1986 that serves as the foundation for Enterprise Architecture principles, The PRISM Report.

Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) – from MIT Sloan School of Management, this research center has an overview of Enterprise Architecture including a section of case studies. Additional research topics include IT Governance, Portfolio Management and Risk.

Building Creativity

American Creativity Association – nonprofit, membership-driven organization dedicated to promoting the development of personal and professional creativity throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Creative Education Foundation – nonprofit, membership organization with a mission to engage and develop the next generation of creative thinkers and innovators.

Creativity at Work – international consortium of professional educators, practitioners of arts-based learning, coaches, culture-change agents, ethnographers, and innovation experts.

The Creativity Post – non-profit web platform committed to sharing the very best content on creativity, in all of its forms.

Creativity Tools – from MindTools, this page helps you learn 27 skills and techniques needed to be highly creative at work. Creativity – news and articles centered on creativity and innovation.

Harvard Business Review: Creativity – collection of digital articles on the topic of creativity.

How Creativity Works in the Brain – report from the National Endowment for the Arts summarizes themes and trends emerging from psychological and neurobiological studies of creativity.

International Center for Studies in Creativity - clearing house for information on creativity, collecting the many videos, blog entries, theses, and projects produced by students and faculty at Buffalo State.

Ted Talks: Creativity - watch TED Talks from creative people like Steve Jobs, architect Frank Gehry, designer Philippe Starck, writer Elizabeth Gilbert and more. 

Change and Innovation

Association for Change Management Professionals (ACMP) – dedicated to advancing the discipline and profession of change management practices that support the success of individual and organizational change for the realization of intended business results.

Change Management Institute (CMI) – a global, independent, not-for-profit organization set up to promote and develop the profession of change management internationally.

Cultivating Innovation in the Workplace – articles and blogs from the Free Management Library related to Innovation in the Workplace.

Fast Company: Innovation Agents – meet the people and discover the personalities driving the world's most radical, disruptive, and creative companies.

Forbes: The World's Most Innovative Companies – ranking of 100 most innovative companies according to Innovation Premium.

Global Innovation Management Institute – global standard certification board for innovation and innovation management.

Harvard Business Review: Innovation – collection of digital articles on the topic of innovation.

International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP) – world’s only innovation certification body, providing members with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to deliver real change in their industry or field.

International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) – network of researchers, industrialists, consultants and public bodies who share an interest in innovation management.
Computer & Information Security

CERT – division of the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University coordinates responses to internet and computer security threats. Find information about projects, publications and cybersecurity incidents.

Computer Security Resource Center – from the Computer Security Division at the National Institute for Standards and Technology, this section deals with cybersecurity information sharing, data tools and publications for standards and guidelines.

The CyberDomain – U. S. Department of Defense’s CyberCommand online headquarters features articles, news and related links for U. S. military and government interests in cyber security. 

Digital Attack Map –virtual map of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) worldwide reported daily.

Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) – a membership organization that coordinates information and resources for responding to cybersecurity attacks, the FIRST Security Library collects publications, reports and guides from their professional member community.

FBI Cybercrime Division – learn about key priorities, cyber threats and scams and partnerships of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Google Transparency Reports – Google publishes data about governments, users and copyright owner requests for information or removal of content. Also find weekly stats on the number of phishing and malware websites Google tracks, and much more.

GovInfoSecurity – an online industry media source from Information Security Media Group, they publish the latest news in cyber security, compliance and monitoring, as well as white papers and handbooks that are available in PDF for free downloading.

Internet Crime Reports (IC3) – published by the FBI, these annual reports provide useful statistics on demographics by state, country, and victims.

Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) – a membership organization serving public and private institutions to provide information and early alerts on cybersecurity threats. The Resources & Publications section offers PDF guides on cyber security advisories, guides, protocols and more.

United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) – part of the Department of Homeland Security, this division is responsible for improving responses to cyber security threats. The Publications section provides documents on internet security, technical publications, and computer security in PDF format for downloading.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Security – the leading community organization setting standards for the web. Learn about security for xml, web applications, cryptography, and related topics.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre – tracks the human rights policy and performance of over 6000 companies in over 180 countries, making information publicly available.

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) – develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration.

Center for Corporate Policy – non-profit, non-partisan public interest organization working to curb corporate abuses and make corporations publicly accountable.

Corporate Knights – award-winning business and society magazine which produces corporate rankings, research reports and financial product ratings based on corporate sustainability performance.

Corporate Responsibility Association - promotes the practice of sustainability and responsible organizational behavior as good for both society and driving organizational results. Publishes CR Magazine.
– world's largest online directory of corporate responsibility (CR) reports, past and present, making it the primary reference point for CR reports and resources worldwide.

Corporate Watch – independent research group that investigates the social and environmental impacts of corporations and corporate power.

CorpWatch - nonprofit research group which works to promote environmental, social and human rights at the local, national and global levels by holding multinational corporations accountable for their actions.

CSRwire – digital media platform for the latest news, views and reports in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability.

Dow Jones Sustainability Indices – serve as benchmarks for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios, and provide an effective engagement platform for companies who want to adopt sustainable best practices.

Ethics Resource Center (ERC) - dedicated to independent research that advances high ethical standards and practices in public and private institutions. Publishes the biennial National Business Ethics Survey, the most exacting longitudinal research effort examining organizational ethics from the employee perspective.

Ethisphere Institute – global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success.

International Institute for Sustainable Development – mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability through innovative research, communication and partnerships.

International Labour Organization (ILO)
– promote rights at work, encourages decent employment opportunities, enhances social protection and strengthens dialogue on work-related issues.

Social Accountability International (SAI) – works to protect the integrity of workers around the world by building local capacity and developing systems of accountability through socially responsible standards.

United Nations Global Compact – strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.

U.S. Department of State: Corporate Social Responsibility – team leads the Department’s engagement with U.S. businesses in the promotion of responsible and ethical business practices.

WBCSD – CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. 

Criminal Justice

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) – from the Office of Justice Programs, this site contains valuable data for corrections, courts, crime type, improvement programs, law enforcement, Indian Country Justice Statistics, and victims. Find data collections and data tools for analysis.

Bureau of Prisons Library - "a wealth of resources covering the field of corrections and related fields of study including, criminology, sociology, psychology, and business."

Death Penalty Information Center State by State Database - "The Center was founded in 1990 and prepares in-depth reports, issues press releases, conducts briefings for journalists, and serves as a resource to those working on this issue."

FBI Uniform Crime Reports – annual publications from data compiled from local, state, tribal, college/university, federal law enforcement authorities.

Fraud, Law Enforcement and Crime-Related Agencies – from the U.S. Government’s main information gateway, this is a comprehensive list of all agencies with links to their home pages.

National Institute of Justice - Research, development and evaluation branch of the U. S. Department of
Justice, the Institute fosters understanding of improving crime through science. Learn about funding and projects and find publications and reports.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) – makes available all of the Office of Justice Program publications and reports. Topics can be browsed or search over 220,000 abstracts in the NCJRS Abstracts Database accessible from the Library section.

Financial Management

BankRate - Free business calculators.

Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) – an agency of the U. S. Department of Commerce, this division provides statistics and analysis of the U. S. economy in a range of categories, and interactive tables for national, international, regional, industry, and integrated accounts.

Economic & Statistics Administration (ESA) – part of the U. S. Department of Commerce, this division releases regular (monthly, quarterly) reports on a range of economic indicators.

EDGAR Database - the search engine of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Find company filings, mutual fund filings, prospectuses, voting records, and variable insurance products.

Federal Reserve Board - find the latest news, policies, banking information, publications from the Central Bank of the United States.

Export-Import Bank of the United States - The official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank's mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets.

U.S. Department of Commerce – responsibilities of this Department include trade, economic development, technology, entrepreneurship and business development, environmental stewardship, and statistical research and analysis.

U.S. Department of the Treasury – access the Data Center for raw Treasury data on, as well as the Resource Center for policy documents and reports on a range of topics.

U.S. Trade and Development Agency - advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle income countries.

General Business

Bureau of Labor Statistics - The principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates statistical information.

Catalyst – professional membership and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing women in business, they produce reports, infographics, surveys and other publications.

globalEDGE - Created by the International Business Center at Michigan State University, includes a wealth of information related to global/international business.

BPlans – offers free 500+ sample business plans.

Law and Business RAND - The RAND Corporation is a unique non-profit entity providing objective research and analysis to a broad range of clients and grantors. This link goes to the Law and Business research topic. Related business topics are in the right side menu.

Small Business Administration (SBA) – U. S. Government’s division for supporting and funding small business owners. Find valuable resources for starting funding, and managing a small business.

U. S. Patent Office - An agency of the Department of Commerce, its role is to grant patents as well as to protect new inventions and register trademarks. It is also responsible for the preservation, classification and dissemination of patent information.

U.S. Trade and Development Agency - Advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle income countries.

Working Knowledge – from Harvard Business School, this daily online forum features working papers, editorials, research and relevant news for business topics. Browse or search to find articles by topic or business industry.

Health Care Administration

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) – a division of U. S. Department of Health & Human Services, this site provides research and data tools, reports, publications, and funding information.

American Association of Healthcare Administration Management (AAHAM) – professional organization for healthcare administrators provides information on certification and professional events.

American Hospital Association (AHA) – professional membership organization providing advocacy on hospital, health-care, and patient issues. Research and Publications section features trend, industry, and economic reports freely available to download in PDF format.

The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) – part of the American Hospital Association, this membership group is dedicated to HR professionals in the health care industry. Find valuable information under Resources and Toolkits.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) – a division of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services provides information and resources for Medicare and Medicaid regulations, policies and research.

Health Sciences Resources - a separate page in the NCU Library Open Access Resources dedicated to freely available web resources for health sciences topics.

Health Services Research Information Center – from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) this site organizes and provides access to a wealth of data including data tools and statistics on topics from aging populations to rural health.

Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (H-CUPnet) – from the Agency for Healthcare Statistics and Research Quality (AHRQ), this portal offers statistics on hospital stays, readmissions, emergency department use, community-level statistics, and AHRQ quality indicators.

National Center for Health Statistics – a service of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, find FastStats, surveys, reports, and new data releases from the Centers and other US Government agencies.

World Health Organization (WHO) – part of the United Nations, WHO is a leading international authority on health issues in the developed and developing world. Find publications, programs, data and statistics for international health topics and emerging health care issues.

Homeland Security

Country Reports on Terrorism
– published by the U. S. State Department, annual reports to 2004 and patterns of terrorism reports from 2003 to 2000. Links to an archive of earlier reports.

Department of Homeland Security - The official website of the department. Find news, bulletins, reports, employee information and more about the work of this US Government department.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Download and print items from the FEMA Library or order library items for free. Search or browse more than 5,000 documents from fact sheets to forms to policy documents.

Homeland Protection Professional - Full text archive dating back to 2002.

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) – academic center for social sciences research about terrorism and human impact. Resources include publications database, topics index, datasets and research tools, as well as, country reports.

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) – an international institute focused on disarmament and conflict. Several searchable databases are available for statistics on Military Expenditures, Multilateral Peace Operations, Arms Transfers and more.

RAND Corporation: Terrorism and Homeland Security - nonprofit organization that is a world leader in research on terrorism, counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, disaster management, and homeland security

Terrorism Legislation Database - United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime, Terrorism Prevention Branch provide a searchable national legal database on counter-terrorism legislation and other efforts in countries worldwide. Searches are available by keyword, country or criterion.

United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) - Includes information, alerts, and tips for both technical and non-technical people.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - provides extensive information on counterterrorism, preparedness, response & recovery, cybersecurity, and more. Also includes Student Center for those seeking a career in homeland security.

Human Resources Management

Association for Talent Development (ASTD) – one of the largest professional organizations for human resources training, professional development, certification and more.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) – U. S. Department of Labor division; find statistics and reports on benefits, productivity, employment, unemployment, economic releases and data tools.

EBRI Databook on Employee Benefits - "The EBRI Databook on Employee Benefits includes data from dozens of sources to provide a comprehensive analysis of how the employee benefits system works, who and what its various functions affect, and its relationship with the U.S. economy."

Employment Cost Trends – Bureau of Labor Statistics annual National Compensation Survey and other employer cost tools.

International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) – for public sector human resources professionals, this member organization provides resources on HR Laws, professional development and news relevant to the field.

National Labor Relations Board - Independent federal agency created by Congress in 1935 to administer the National Labor Relations Act, the primary law governing relations between unions and employers in the private sector.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) - The primary responsibility of this agency is to conduct research and make recommendations for the prevention of work-related disease and injury.

Occupational Outlook Handbook – nationally recognized authority on career information and forecasting. Information includes salary ranges, education requirements and training.

Office of Personnel Management – division of the U. S. government which provides information and resources for federal employees.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – professional membership organization providing training and education, standards, and advocacy. Find standards, metrics, surveys and other publications to download.

U. S. Department of Labor – major laws of the DOL are summarized on this page. The larger site provides many other resources and reports.

Workforce Magazine - a multimedia publication that covers the intersection of people management and business strategy. 


American Management Association – an international, non-profit organization providing training and development support for business and government. This site offers white papers, case studies, and more.

Center for Ethical Business Cultures – research and publications in the Knowledge Center on corporate social responsibility, ethical leadership, management and culture topics.

National Business Ethics Survey – from the Ethics Resource Center, a national non-profit organization conducting research on ethical standards. The Center conducts the annual survey in several key industry areas. Download is free with registration.

Leadership Development – U. S. Department of Office of Personnel Management provides overview and guidance for Senior Executive Service candidates. A guide is available for PDF download.

MIT Sloan Management Working Papers - Search and view full text of research papers submitted through the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Working Knowledge: Leadership – from Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge Forum, find more than 400 articles, working papers, instructional insights and more in the area of leadership and management.

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Management of Engineering & Technology

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) - voice of America's engineering industry. Includes a library of free risk management resources.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - seeks to deliver locally relevant engineering resources to advance public safety and quality of life throughout the world.

Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) - sets standards for academic program accreditation, personal certification, and professional development for educators and industry professionals involved in integrating technology, leadership, and design.

CERT – division of the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University coordinates responses to internet and computer security threats. Find information about projects, publications and cybersecurity incidents.

CiteSeerx - scientific literature digital library and search engine that has focused primarily on the literature in computer and information science.

IEEE Computer Society - computing professionals' source for technology information, inspiration and collaboration. Provides abstracts from 29 magazines and journals and over 4,450 conference proceedings.

IEEE Engineering Management Society - prominent American society for engineering technology management. Provides educational materials, links to external articles and podcasts, and other information.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) - professional society that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research, and development of industrial engineering.

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - leading professional society for the engineering and technology community, providing a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world.

International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) - not-for-profit membership organization founded to develop and disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable the realization of successful systems.

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) - world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards. Includes a number of management system standards, each focusing on different issues affecting global business.

National Society of Professional Engineers – professional association site provides the code of ethics, information on licensure, educational opportunities, employment, and more.

National Technical Information Service (NTIS) - largest central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today.

Online Ethics Center (OEC) - electronic repository of resources on science, engineering, and research ethics, for engineers, scientists, scholars, educators, students, and interested citizens.

TechXtra - free service which can help you find articles, books, the best websites, the latest industry news, job announcements, technical reports, technical data, full text eprints, the latest research, thesis & dissertations, teaching and learning resources and more, in engineering, mathematics and computing.

Management of Information Systems

American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC) - member-based nonprofit and leading proponent of business benchmarking, best practices, and knowledge management research. Provides case studies showing how to implement process frameworks.

Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) - provides education, research and certification that information professionals need to manage and share information assets in an era of mobile, social, cloud and big data.

Association for Enterprise Architecture – professional membership organization providing career resources, forums and working groups. They have recently made available a seminal report from 1986 that serves as the foundation for Enterprise Architecture principles, The PRISM Report.

Association for Information Systems (AIS) - professional organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the promotion of excellence in the practice and study of information systems. Resources include IS History, webinars, teaching resources and more.

Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) – from MIT Sloan School of Management, this research center has an overview of Enterprise Architecture including a section of case studies. Additional research topics include IT Governance, Portfolio Management and Risk.

CiteSeerx - scientific literature digital library and search engine that has focused primarily on the literature in computer and information science.

Computer Security Resource Center – from the Computer Security Division at the National Institute for Standards and Technology, this section deals with cybersecurity information sharing, data tools and publications for standards and guidelines.

Computing Research Repository (CoRR) - allows researchers to search, browse and download papers on wide ranging computing topics.

DSSResources.COM - web-based knowledge repository geared toward those interested in learning about how to use information technologies and software to improve decision making.

Global Information Technology Report 2015 – provides a comprehensive assessment of networked readiness, or how prepared an economy is to apply the benefits of information and communications technology (ICT) to promote economic growth and well-being.

Information Resources Management Association (IRMA) – offers over 2,500 Open Access information systems research papers from all of its past conferences for free download.

Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) - premier advocacy and policy organization for the world’s leading innovation companies. Interactive Global Research tool provides access resources and initiatives from around the world.

ISACA (previously Information Systems Audit and Control Association) - global association dedicated to the development, adoption and use of globally accepted, industry-leading knowledge and practices for information systems.

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) - world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards. Includes a number of management system standards, each focusing on different issues affecting global business.

Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) - largest society in the world for professionals in the field of operations research (O.R.), management science, and analytics.

Management Information Systems Research Center (MISRC) - non-profit organization engaged in the dissemination of leading edge thinking about the MIS field, the development of new curriculum, and the facilitation of applied research.

National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) – non-profit professional organization for chief information officers and network executives. The organization produces research briefs and other publications. Under Resources and Tools, access the Enterprise Architecture Program Toolkit and related publications.

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) - the Executive Branch agency that is principally responsible by law for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy issues.

Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems - Open Access publication that provides a fast-turnaround outlet for authentic and original research and work-in-progress carried out by scholars of the information systems field.

TechRepublic's Resource Library - the web's largest directory of free vendor-supplied technical content including IT white papers, webcasts, case studies and much more.

World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) - information and communications technology professional association that provides policy action resources including presentations, speeches, and statements and resolutions.


Ad Access – from Duke University, digital collection of over 7,000 American & Canadian multi-media advertisements from 1911-1955.

Advertising Archives – U.K-based electronic archive of the largest collection of 19th century advertising posters, magazines and other media. Browse by decade or collection, or use the quick search tool.

American Fact Finder – from the U. S. Census Bureau, this site contains access to statistical information about population, income, community data, and more for the US, Puerto Rico and US island areas.

American Marketing Association (AMA) – Industry association publishes news, metrics, and research. Find case studies, best practices, toolkit and professional resources.

Association of International Product Marketing and Management (AIPMM) – a professional membership organization providing education and certification; sets standards for the product marketing and management industry. This site provides career and training information, articles, webinars and industry news.

Business Marketing Association (BMA) – business-to-business membership association for professional in the industry. The Knowledge Center contains trade and research-based articles in 24 industry categories.

Direct Marketing Association (DMA) – an independent organization for industry and professionals. This site contains DMA resources such as a vendor directory, consumer guide book, knowledge center, career center, research and white papers.

eMarketer - boasts to be  "one of the most widely cited research providers in the media;" offers articles on the most current news in e-marketing and digital technology data. 
– a marketing services and business credit reporting company that provides many case studies and reports on their website to download in PDF format.

Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) – non-profit trade association dedicated to marketing through mobile applications. MMA produces research, articles, a journal, and case studies.

Mplans: Free Sample Marketing Plans - library of over 100 free sample marketing plans for every industry.

Neilsen – a market research firm who conducts large-scale opinion polls and targeted trends watch on consumers’ views and behaviors world-wide. Many reports are available with free registration.

Pew Research Center – a non-partisian research institute that conducts research and opinion polls on social science topics. Find data sets, research reports, visual data, and more.

Quirks Marketing Research Media – trade publication providing news, articles and research to the marketing industry.

Statistical Abstract of the United States – from the U. S. Census Bureau, the Abstract contains data on economic, political, and social sectors of the US. Browse sections on the left-side menu or perform advanced searches. On the right-side menu are popular topics and state rankings.

Survey of Consumers - conducted by the University of Michigan with support from Thompson Reuters, most resources are available to download in tables, reports, charts and other data formats.

Understanding Your Market – resources from the U. S. Small Business Administration on learning how to conduct market research for your business. Provides links to resources for country market research and other exporting information.

Web Marketing Association – an industry volunteer organization that started the Web Awards in 1997 to honor website development, and the Internet Advertising Competition. Find resources for online advertising and award winners.

Working Knowledge: Marketing – from Harvard Business School, this section of their Working Knowledge Forum brings together working papers, news, research and editorials on marketing and consumer behavior topics.

Nonprofit Management

Alliance for Nonprofit Management – leading national knowledge community dedicated to building the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities working to achieve positive social change and cultural enrichment.

Chronicle of Philanthropy – independent news organization offering a robust advice section to help nonprofit workers do their jobs as well as one of the biggest listings of career opportunities.

Council on Foundations - provides the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.

Foundation Center - maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants.

GrantSpace – provides easy-to-use, self-service tools and resources to help nonprofits worldwide become more viable grant applicants and build strong, sustainable organizations.

GuideStar – gathers and disseminates information about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization.

Independent Sector – leadership network for nonprofits, foundations, and corporations committed to advancing the common good.

IRS Tax Information for Charities & Other Non-Profits – provides information about how to apply for IRS recognition of tax-exempt status.

National Center for Charitable Statistics - develops and disseminates high quality data on nonprofit organizations and their activities for use in research on the relationships between the nonprofit sector, government, the commercial sector, and the broader civil society.

National Council of Nonprofits – serves as a central coordinator and mobilizer to help nonprofits achieve greater collective impact in local communities across the country. Identifies emerging trends, shares proven practices, and promotes solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and communities.

Philanthropy Journal
– serves nonprofits and their supporters by helping them tell their stories and increase their capacity through nonprofit news, resources, announcements and job listings.

Philanthropy News Digest (PND)
- daily news service, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide.

Society for Nonprofits – leading resource for nonprofit professionals and has been helping nonprofit leaders increase their knowledge and grow the capacity of their organization. 

Organizational Leadership

Center for Creative Leadership – wide range of publications, surveys, white papers and resources on a range of leadership areas.

Center for Ethical Business Cultures Knowledge Center – part of the University Of St. Thomas Opus College Of Business, this center produces research on leadership and ethical culture. Find bibliographies and working papers.

Foundation Center –provides resources about philanthropic organizations including access to a free directory of foundations and funding organizations and reports on foundations in the U. S.

Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership – membership organization that provides open information on the field of servant leadership.

The Hofstede Center – based on the writings and theories of Geert Hofstede, this site provides tools and publications on national culture and organizational development.

Leadership Development Online Resource Centre – from the Banff Center, a Canadian arts and creative thinking center, archive of articles from their former publication, The Leadership Compass.

LeaderValues – website developed by Mick Yates, a former CEO, that provides free articles written by business insiders centered on the 4Es framework.

National Council of Nonprofits – an advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the interests of non-profits at the state and national level for public and private organizations. Resources include policy reports, guides and tools, including Toward Common Sense Contracting: What Taxpayers Deserve (2014).

Society for Organization Learning – founded with Peter Senge and his principles of organizational learning this non-profit organization offers training, resources and professional development.

Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research – part of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, this center is dedicated to research in the areas of business ethics, neuroscience, business development and innovations, and corporate governance.

Performance Improvement

College of Performance Management (CPM)
– global, non-profit, professional organization dedicated to developing and disseminating the principles and practices of earned value management and other project performance management techniques.

Free Management Library: Performance Management – free resources describes the general performance management process. Topics include Employee Performance Management, Group Performance Management and Organizational Performance Management.

Harvard Business Review: Performance Measurement - collection of digital articles on the topic of performance measurement.

How to Establish a Performance Improvement Plan – step-by-step resource provided by the Society for Human Resource Development.

International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) – uses evidence-based performance improvement research and practices to effect sustainable, measurable results, and add value to stakeholders in the private, public, and social sectors.

Introduction and Implementation of Total Quality Management (TQM) - information page from the Six Sigma website. – gives the public, agencies, members of Congress, and the media a view of progress underway in cutting waste, streamlining government, and improving performance.

Performance Improvement: Steps, Stages, and Tools - includes the Performance Improvement Toolkit for easy-to-use instructions and forms that will guide you step-by-step as you apply PI in your own projects.

Performance Improvement Council – advances and expands the practice of performance management and improvement for government employees.

Performance Improvement Guide – guide from the U.S. Coast Guard applies to all organizations in terms of involving employees, enhancing team effectiveness, easing problem-solving, facilitating better meeting management, improving processes, increasing customer satisfaction, and improving overall performance to produce superior mission results.

Performance Improvement Managers Network – a community of practice that connects performance improvement managers (PIMs) working on the National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII). 

What is Total Quality Management (TQM)? - information page from the professional organization, American Society of Quality. Includes free resources and background information. 

Project Management

Association for Project Management (APM) – a U.K. based non-profit organization promoting project management through their Five Dimensions of Professionalism.

Enterprise Project Management Methodology – from the state of Pennsylvania Office of Administration, this page provides many resources for understanding the methods and process of enterprise project management.

Project Management Basics – from a good overview of the fundamentals of PM with supplemental and related resources.

Project Management Institute (PMI) – non-profit professional membership organization. Find professional development resources, PMI standards and benchmarks, and Knowledge Center with publications, tools, and agile resources.

Public Administration

American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) – ASPA’s code of ethics, publications, professional development and conferences.

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) – a membership organization that features conferences, professional development, news and publications.

European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) – find publications in English and other languages from this European Union supported organization.

International City/County Management Association (ICMA) – a professional organization devoted to local government issues, professional ethics and priorities.

National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) – independent organization that supports public administrators in government. Resources include Congressional Testimony and Key Reports, along with current studies and projects.

United Nations Public Administration Network – search or browse the Library of major publications, documents and knowledgebase of government practices, public services and UN public service awards. – the U. S. Government’s main gateway to information, resources, reports, data, and tools.

Strategic Management

Association for Strategic Planning – not-for-profit professional association dedicated to advancing thought and practice in strategy development and deployment for business, non-profit and government organizations.

Balanced Scorecard Institute (BSI) – provides consulting, training, and professional certification services to commercial, government, and non-profit organizations worldwide. Includes free resources such as articles and white papers.

Free Management Library: Strategic Planning – most of the information in this topic was adapted from the book Field Guide to Nonprofit Strategic Planning and Facilitation.

Fundamentals of Strategic Management – open-access chapter from the SAGE textbook Strategic Management.

Harvard Business Review: Strategic Planning - collection of digital articles on the topic of strategic planning.

Mastering Strategic Management – open-access textbook adapted by The Saylor Foundation under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 License.

Strategic Management – open-access textbook by Neil Ritson.

Strategic Management: Concepts and Cases – open-access textbook by Fred R. David.

Strategic Management Forum - exists to serve the interests of its members, and of society in general, by advancing the professional practice of Strategic Management.

Strategic Management Insight - provides free comprehensive information about strategic management and related topics for anyone who can access it.

Strategic Management Society - focuses on the development and dissemination of insights on the strategic management process, as well as on fostering contacts and interchange around the world.

Strategy-Making Process – open-access chapter from the Cengage textbook Essentials of Strategic Management.