SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunties, and Threats. An SWOT analysis is an effective process companies use to assess themselves and their competitors and formulate their strategies.
Information in a SWOT analysis is organized into internal and external factors:
A SWOT analysis will answer these questions:
What are the internal strengths and weakness of your company?
What are the external opportunities and threats in your industry and its environment?
Can any weaknesses be converted to strengths? Any threats into opportunities?
How can your company take advantage of strengths and opportunites?
What strategic changes can your company implement as a result of the SWOT analysis?
Databases subscribed by the library including Business Source Complete, and Business Insights: Essentials provide published SWOT analyses for public companies. These reports offer perspectives and insights on a company that you may not be aware of, and could be helpful, especially when you are just learning to conduct a SWOT analysis of a company. But like all research sources, they require evaluation. Some of the reports could be outdated or incomplete. If you do use them in your report or presentation, you need to cite your sources.