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Student Research Guide WQ23/ Apple and the Smartphone Market

By Timothy Scammel

Top 11 Resources


Top Eleven sources

Apple Manufacturing and Resources:

  • ACADEMIC SEARCH COMPLETE DATABASE: Chan, Debby. “Activist Perspective: The Social Cost Hidden in the Apple Products.” Journal of Workplace Rights, vol. 15, no. 3/4, July 2010, pp. 363–65. EBSCOhost,
    • This source provided an activist take on what Apple is doing to China. The source talks about how the average consumer is completely unaware about the way in which their Apple products came to be.
  • PROQUEST DATABASE: CHARLES DUHIGG and, DAVID B. "In China, the Human Costs that are Built into an iPad: [News; Series]." New York Times, Jan 26, 2012. ProQuest,
    • This article is important because it takes a deep dive into how Apple is operating in China, specifically in Foxconn. This source details the terrible working conditions in the Foxconn factories producing products for Apple.
  • ACADEMIC SEARCH COMPLETE DATABASE: Sako, Mari. “Technology Strategy and Management Driving Power in Global Supply Chains.” Communications of the ACM, vol. 54, no. 7, July 2011, pp. 23–25. EBSCOhost,
    • This source details about how big companies such as Apple use supply chains to their advantage at the expense of others. The source talks about how companies capitalize supply chains to gain even more profits.
  • PROQUEST DATABASE: "The Dark, Twisted Truth about Apple iPhones." University Wire, Mar 05, 2020. ProQuest,
    • This source details about how Apple obtains some of their resources used in the iPhone. The article talks about the working conditions for some of the miners in various countries collecting resources that will be used to produce Apple products.

Apple Psychology and ecosystem:

Apple and Steve Jobs

  • INTERNET WEBSITE: Marks, Gene. “Steve Jobs Was a Jerk. Good for Him.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 30 July 2012,
    • The articles details how Steve Jobs was a terrible co-worker and friend, but a successful and very rich businessman. The article shows how Steve Jobs wasn't the "hero" that everyone imagines him to be.
  • INTERNET WEBSITE: McNichol, Tom. “Be a Jerk: The Worst Business Lesson from the Steve Jobs Biography.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 1 Dec. 2011,

    • This article details on how Steve Jobs wasn't the highest character guy. The source details on the ways Steve Jobs would treat people in general. The articles shows that even though Steve Jobs was a brilliant businessman he was still a jerk.

Recommended Keywords/Search Terms

Top Keywords

  • Apple (or "Apple inc")
  • Foxconn
  • Dominance
  • Smartphone (and Market)
  • "Steve Jobs"
  • Technology
  • Psychology (and Inclusion)
  • "Supply Chain"
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