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The special library as a competitive intelligence centre

Olga Svoboda (Mintek (Council for Mineral Technology), 200 Hans Strydom Drive, Private Bag X3015, Ranburg, South Africa)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 1 April 1991



The strategic value of competitive information to a corporation has received increased attention in management, business practice and information literature. This paper describes the role the staff of a special library can play in obtaining and processing competitive information. It is suggested that a library should make an effort to become the centre of a company's environmental scanning programme. The librarians in a special library are well‐positioned to become a valid part of the corporate information environment, but they must become more proactive in promoting and defending their library within their own company.


Svoboda, O. (1991), "The special library as a competitive intelligence centre", The Electronic Library, Vol. 9 No. 4/5, pp. 239-243.




Copyright © 1991, MCB UP Limited

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