Answered By: IESE Library
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2015     Views: 3

If you are submitting to a journal:
Use the citation style adopted by the journal.

If you are submitting a thesis, dissertation, project report:
Use the citation style required by your institution and supervisor.

The Harvard Style, an author date style, is one of the most popular styles for business and management research in the UK. Unfortunately, there are many variations for the Harvard style and there is no definitive guide to the Harvard style so different books and guides adopt minor variations. It is important to be consistent and use the same formatting conventions throughout your document.

The Business and Management Library service have produced a Guide to citing references (Harvard system).
The Anglia Ruskin University has a detailed online guide to the Harvard System of Referencing.
Trinity College Library Dublin has a Referencing page with details of the Harvard Citation style.

Other author date styles include:

APA (very similar to Harvard)
Chicago
MLA

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