Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior

Books and Reports

Books and eBooks:

BU Libraries Search: To search, use subjects and  key words listed below. For eBooks, limit search results to eBooks.

human resources

personnel management

leadership, motivation

organizational behavior

organizational change

employee motivation


teams in the workplace

Books on these subjects can be found in the Pardee Library stacks (3rd floor) in the following call number ranges:


Organizational Behavior, Change and Effectiveness, Corporate Culture


Teams in the workplace

HF5548.7 – HF5549.5

Industrial Psychology, Personnel Management, Employment Management

The Conference Board

Research reports on the latest trends in business practices, including human resource management and compensation.  From the drop down menu, select a topic from the list or search in the Title box with terms such as: Change, Organizational, and others.


Finding Articles

To locate articles in business publications and newspapers, use the databases listed below.  Search for terms such as  “organizational behavior,” “human capital,” “employee motivation,” and “corporate culture.”

ABI/Inform Complete



Business source complete

HR/OB Periodicals

A selection of titles appear below. For additional journals, see the eJournals search page.  To search for a specific article, use one of the databases described above. Print titles are located in the Current Periodicals Section, 3rd floor.

HR Focus

HRPI (Human Resource Policy Institute, Boston University Newsletter)

Harvard Business Review

Human Resource Management

Leadership Quarterly

Human Resource Development Quarterly

Human Resource Management

Organization Development Journal

Organization Science

Organizational Dynamics

Company Information

ESG Manager on Campus (formerly known as Global Socrates)
Note: ESG Manager on Campus measures the social and environmental performance of corporations in areas of community relations, corporate governance, diversity, employee relations, human rights, products, and the environment..

The Vault Career Library includes descriptions of working conditions in companies. For access, see the BU Career link (for undergraduates) or the MBA Career Link.

Journal & Newspaper Articles: in the databases below, to search for articles on a company and its human resources practices, enter a company name and keywords or subject terms such as  “corporate culture”, “employee”, “leadership”, etc.

ABI/Inform Complete

Business Source Complete



BU Libraries Search

The library has many books that provide background on a variety of companies. Type name of company as  Subject or Keyword. Examples include: Starbucks, Yahoo, Ebay, Hewlett Packard, Google, and many others.

Other sources for company background: Company 10K reports include some corporate structure and employee benefit information. See also SEC Filings through Mergent Online or directly through EDGAR (U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission).
See also:  Company Annual & Financial Reports Research Guide.

International Directory of Company Histories:
Pardee Reference X HD 2721 I63

Contains background and history and some information on personalities and strategy.
See also: Company Information Sources Research Guide.

International Human Resources

Economist Intelligence Unit

Country & Region: International Business

Research guide with links to country economic and demographic information.

International Encyclopedia of Business and Management X HF1001 .I53.  Eight Volume set includes Human Resource Information in a variety of countries. Look up country under “Human Resources” in Index (volume 8).

Training and Professional Development

Association for Talent Development
Association for Talent Development is the world’s premier professional association and leading resource on workplace learning and performance issues.

T + D: Better Performance Through Workplace Learning

Also available in print, in the Current Periodicals Section, 3rd floor, Pardee Library.

Wages, Compensation and Benefits

Employee Benefit Research Institute: see publications: Issue Briefs and Notes. Print versions are located in Current Periodicals Section.

Benefits Link
Information for employers and employees regarding benefit plans. Includes government documents, IRS Publications, discussion of issues, and other links.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Searchable data is available in various formats. Also included are regional information, Bureau publications, news, and economic information.

Executive Compensation Best Practices

HD 4965.2 .L57 2008 (Pardee Library)

The Compensation Handbook

Pardee Reference – Management
X HF 5549.5 C67 H36 2008
Guide for establishing and maintaining an effective wage and salary program for employees over a range of industries; Includes sections on base pay, variable compensation, executive compensation, performance and compensation, corporate culture and compensation, and international compensation.


Bureau of Labor Statistics
Searchable data is available in various formats. Also included are regional information, Bureau publications, news, and economic information.
See “Employee Rights” Section for laws and resources relating to employment, wages, benefits, discrimination, etc.

Society for Human Resource Management
SHRM provides education and information services, conferences and seminars, government and media representation, online services and publications.