Business, Management And Economics

Welcome to QNL’s Business, Management and Economics Subject Guide!

From entrepreneurial thinking to the functionalism of organizational health, this guide provides an overview of recommended QNL collections in business, management and economics, such as databases, books, journals, reference and other resources, printed or digital, that are accessible through different websites and platforms.

Please search the QNL Catalog to find out which of the recommended resources can be accessed in a digital format on the QNL website. The catalog also indicates where these resources can be obtained if available only in a printed format.

For study or general reference questions and further assistance on how to find relevant materials for your information needs, please feel free to contact us through the Ask QNL Librarians service.


The following databases can be used to search resources on business, management and economics. For a comprehensive list of QNL databases, please visit QNL Online Resources.

ABI/INFORM Complete is a comprehensive business database or more than 6,800 journals covering key disciplines such as accounting, economics, finance, information technology, management, marketing, risk management and supply chain.

EcoLink (Dar Almandumah)
EcoLink is the first Arabic database in the field of business administration and economics in the region. It provides comprehensive coverage of management disciplines through access to international Arabic-language periodicals.

Economist Intelligence Unit
The Economist Intelligence Unit provides access to country-focused financial conditions, techniques and regulations, and economic and business forecasts. The subscription includes a global country forecast, global country reports, global views wire and global country data.

This online database offers full-text access to more than 2,000 ebooks on law, economics, Islamic finance, business studies, public and social policy, energy policy and the environment. It includes reference books, scholarly monographs, research handbooks, companions and more.

Emerald Insight
Emerald Insight includes journals and books on accounting and finance, economics, management, marketing, education, information studies, engineering, sociology, and tourism and hospitality.

Hoover's Company Profiles (ProQuest)
Hoover’s Company Profiles provides comprehensive company and industry overviews of more than 5,000 companies.

OECD iLibrary
OECD iLibrary is the online library of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and contains its ebooks, chapters, articles, papers and statistics going back to 1960s, covering more than 80 countries. The information is suitable for a wide range of users, including students, researchers and professionals.

OverDrive provides popular ebooks for most devices and operating systems, including PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android and Nook.

Pivot is a valuable source of information on funding opportunities. The database provides access to a directory of sponsors, scholarships, fellowships, research assistantships and grant proposals. As this is a tool designed for use by users affiliated with academic institutions, it quickly and easily brings together people with specific interests with funding opportunities in those areas.

ProQuest Entrepreneurship
ProQuest Entrepreneurship provides entrepreneurial information such as video clips, business plans, market research, start-up plans and templates, journal and magazine contents, business cases, working papers, conference proceedings, full-text dissertations, blogs, and company profiles.

Safari Books Online (ProQuest)
Safari Books Online provides access to more than 21,000 digital books and videos from more than 100 publishers on a wide range of topics, including programming, IT networking, project management, graphic design and business strategy.

Print Books

Below is a list of recommended books relating to business, management and economics. For more books, search the QNL Catalog.

Duhigg, C. (2012). The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We do in Life and Business. New York: Random House.
Call Number: BF335 .D78 2012
The author illustrates how psychological and habitual traits influence the way people manage their businesses and their lives, using examples from real life.

Guillebeau, C. (2012). The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create A New Future. New York: Crown Business.
Call Number: HD62.5 .G854 2012
Guillebeau shares his success story and demonstrates how to lead a life of adventure, meaning and purpose while also earning a good living. He provides advice on rediscovering one’s creativity and entrepreneurship in order to enjoy the pleasures of life.

Jamali, D. & Lanteri, A. (2015). Social Entrepreneurship in the Middle East. Basingstoke Hampshire, New York
Call Number: HD60.5.M53 S63 2015
This book gives an overview of social entrepreneurship practices in MENA region by documenting its history, analyzing its current applications and examining its future implications for the region. The authors also provide in-depth analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, challenges and examples.

Jamali, D. & Sidani, Y. (2012). CSR in the Middle East: Fresh Perspectives. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
Call Number: HD60.5.M53 C79 2012
This book explores the evolution of corporate social responsibility practices in the MENA region. It traces the development of philanthropy by organizations, including small businesses, and how that has affected the results they are expected to provide for the community.

Sandberg, S. & Scovell, N. (2013). Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
Call Number: HD6054.3 .S265 2013
This book highlights the matrix of gender in the business leadership parlance and examines the challenges women face in achieving leadership roles. The book offers realistic solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

Schiff, L. (2013). Business Brilliant: Surprising Lessons from the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons. New York: HarperBusiness.
Call Number: HF5386 .S378 201
Using creative storytelling, Schiff explores the backgrounds of America’s self-made rich and explains the distinct principles they practice.


Below is a list of recommended ebooks related to business, management and economics. For more ebooks, search the QNL Catalog.

Lencioni, P. (2012). The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
This book explains the functionalism of organizational health and its importance to achieving the set corporate objectives. Lencioni argues that the best way to improve is to attack and correct the root causes of management and operational dysfunction, politics and confusion.

Blanchard, O. (2011). Social Media ROI: Managing and Measuring Social Media Efforts in Your Organization. Indianapolis, Ind: Que.
Both small and large enterprises will find this book helpful. It explains the importance of social media in entrepreneurship and highlights the return on investment from using social media. Blanchard offers strategies to align social media programs with organizational goals, and illustrates the financial and non-financial impacts of using social media to communicate and engage with customers.

Jamieson, C. M. (2014). The Small Business' Guide to Social CRM. Packt Publishing.
This book explains the importance of incorporating customer relationship management (CRM) strategies with organization goals, and offers CRM best practices for small businesses.

Michaels, C. (2012). The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking: What Successful People Didn't Learn in School. Austin, TX: Greenleaf Book Group.
Michaels explains the four essential elements that entrepreneurs have embraced in achieving their life dreams, summarizing their journeys while capturing their wisdom and passion.

Allen, K. R., et al (2015). Starting a Business All-In-One for Dummies. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
This guide gives step-by-step instructions for starting a business, and is suitable for both aspiring entrepreneurs and experts.


The following suggested e-journals include articles related to business, management and economics:

Journal of International Business Studies (1970-1985 & July 1987–Present)
The Journal of International Business Studies publishes peer-reviewed researches in eight sub-domains: strategic management; accounting and finance; management; marketing and supply chain management; economic and political environment; cross-culture management; international business theory and methods; and human resource management. The journal has a broad and multidisciplinary scope and editorial policies that provide valuable content for academic business users.

Journal of International Entrepreneurship (March 2003–Present)
This quarterly journal provides a broad scope of papers both theoretical and empirical in nature in the field of international entrepreneurship.

Journal of Service Management (2009–Present)
A well-known, top-ranked journal that covers a wide range of topics on service management, including innovation, value-creation, competition, service strategy, customer engagement, customer satisfaction, service design and development.

The Economist (January 1992–Present)
The Economist is a weekly magazine with highly analytical articles, statistical indicators and economic data from around the world. Its main focuses are business, finance, economics, science and technology. The magazine also offers comparative statistics on trends and countries and economic facts, and each issue features international economic and financial indicators are featured in each issue. Freedom indexes, democracy indexes and even welfare indexes are used to chart comparative data.

Forbes (September 2014–October 2016)
A pioneering monthly magazine that provides articles on business-related topics. It also provides insight into technology, communications and science, as about 20% of the content is non-business, discussing politics, social matters and technology advancements. Forbes is well-known for its list of most influential leaders and successful executives. 

Online Resources


Business Dictionary
Business Dictionary is a leading online resource with more than 25,000 definitions of business-related topics, with clear examples.

Entrepreneur magazine highlights creative ideas and trends in the business world, with different regional editions. Business plan guides and recommendations are provided by experts in various fields.

TED Talks
TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, aims to spread knowledge in different aspects of life, including business, in the form of short, in-depth talks.

US Small Business Administration (SBA) Learning Center
The SBA Learning Center provides various online training sessions on starting and managing a business, marketing, and finance.


Arab Administrative Development Organization (ARADO)
ARADO, established by the League of Arab States, is a leading organization specializing in administrative development in the Arab region.

Qatar Ministry of Economy and Commerce 
Qatar’s Ministry of Economy and Commerce was established to monitor the country’s business activity, develop economic policies, and organize procedures for investment and commercial establishments.

Qatar Development Bank (QDB)
QDB was established by the government of Qatar to develop socioeconomic benefits by investing in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in various sectors to promote a diversified economy. QDB has developed many initiatives and programs that provide financial assistance and business development services for SMEs.

Qatar Business Incubator Center (QBIC)
QBIC is the largest mixed-business incubator in the Middle East region, providing training and administrative, technical and financial assistance for startups and established businesses.

Injaz Qatar
Injaz Qatar is an affiliate of Junior Achievement Worldwide, which provides educational programs focusing on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Injaz Qatar was founded to empower young people with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the competitive global career market.

Qatar University Center for Entrepreneurship
The Center for Entrepreneurship at Qatar University is a national initiative designed to raise the awareness of entrepreneurship, develop individuals’ skills and enhance entrepreneurship practices in the university and the local community through training, incubation, research and consultation services.

Bedaya is an initiative by Qatar Development Bank and Silatech that supports entrepreneurship and provides services designed to develop entrepreneurs’ career development, youth needs and work market requirements. The Center conducts workshops on numerous subjects, including leadership, communication, public speaking, project management, idea generation, business plan and others.

Roudha Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Roudha was established to support female Qatari entrepreneurs by providing business, financial, legal and training services.

Wamda is a regional platform for entrepreneurs in the Middle East, offering financial investment advice and programs supporting business establishment and growth.

Thinker 50 ranks global management thinkers, innovators and leaders.


Qatar Chamber
The Qatar Chamber of Commerce aims to develop a sustainable business environment in Qatar and support national, regional and international development by promoting private sector activities and partnering with worldwide organizations.

Qatari Businessmen Association
The Qatari Businessmen Association aims to facilitate business activities through information and knowledge exchange, partnerships with local and international organizations, and sponsoring programs and events that develop the capabilities of the private sector.

Qatari Businesswomen Association
The Qatari Businesswomen Association was established to promote the role of businesswomen in economic growth and enhance their efforts in business and investment activities across all sectors.

Qatar British Business Forum
The Qatar British Business Forum provides a social network for members to exchange ideas and share experiences. It also promotes potential investment opportunities and trade between the UK and Qatar.

US-Qatar Business Council
The US-Qatar Business Council seeks to enhance political, business and cultural relations between Qatar and the US through coordinating and facilitating bilateral business procedures.

Turkish Businessmen Association
The Turkish Businessmen Association is an information center providing business guidelines for Turkish businesses in Qatar and Qatari businesses in Turkey. It aims to enhance social, cultural and business relations between the two countries, its members and other organizations.

German Business Council Qatar
The German Business Council Qatar promotes economic relations by enhancing the trade and investment relationship between Qatar and Germany.

Spanish Business Council in Qatar (SBCQ)
SBCQ aims to strengthen the partnership between Qatar and Spain through economic cooperation agreements to facilitate trade operations.

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Qatar
The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Qatar aims to foster bilateral relations between Qatar and Italy by encouraging Italian investment in Qatar and providing assistance for Qatari businesses looking to explore business opportunities in Italy.

MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses)

Coursera provides open access to a variety of online courses on different subjects, including business courses from well-known universities around the world.

Edx is a pioneering online learning platform founded by Harvard University and MIT to provide learners from all over the world with high-quality education.

Qatar National e-Learning Portal
The Qatar National e-Learning Portal, provided by ICT Qatar, offers access to online courses targeting Qatari citizens in order to contribute to strengthening the economy.

Rwaq is the first Arab platform created to promote MOOCs. It is designed to promote and support open education practices in the Arab world by providing various free academic courses taught by experts.


“If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.”
Melinda Gates

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”
Bill Gates

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations."
Steve Jobs

“All human beings are entrepreneurs. When we were in the caves, we were all self-employed. We were finding our food, we're feeding ourselves. That's where the human history began with. As civilization came, we suppressed it and made it into labor. We are all labor… and a labor market. We became labor because you stamped us, 'You are labor.' We forgot that we are entrepreneurs.”
Muhammad Yunus

“Leadership is a choice, not a position.”
Stephen Covey

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.”
Peter Drucker



Albornoz, C. A. (2011). Exploring the goals, content, and methods of entrepreneurship professors: a multiple case study (Order No. 3502098). Available from ProQuest Entrepreneurship. (952602360).

Hand, R. A. (2010). Entrepreneurial analysis: a study to identify traits and demographics of practicing entrepreneurs (Order No. 3403230). Available from ProQuest Entrepreneurship. (305259986)

Heald-Fisher, S. (2010). Female entrepreneurs making connections: networking by women small business owners (Order No. 3397161). Available from ProQuest Entrepreneurship. (89184441)

Lepelley, D. M. (2001). Exploring the adaptability of leadership styles in senior business executives: life narratives and self-discovery of factors contributing to adaptability (Order No. 3037966). Available from ABI/INFORM Complete. (304783480)

Maxwell-Mood, M. (2012). Best practices for strategic planning implementation in small professional service businesses (Order No. 3494485). Available from ProQuest Entrepreneurship. (921501086)

Tseng, C. (2010). The effects of learning organization practices on organizational commitment and effectiveness for small and medium-sized enterprises in Taiwan (Order No. 3411883). Available from ProQuest Entrepreneurship. (635498210)

Business Awards and Competitions



Please check the Pivot Database in QNL Online Resources. Although Pivot is not considered a specialized database in the field of business, it is a valuable source of information on different funding opportunities in many disciplines, including business. For example, it provides access to a directory of sponsors for people with specific interests in business projects (eg small businesses, SMEs, academics institutions, and government, non-profit, and commercial organizations) in sectors such as technology, health and more.