GlobalEdge Free aggregator of authoritative county reports by International Business Center at Michigan State University
Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) For those that like there demographics expressed numerically use Market Indicators and Forecasts
CIA World Factbook The title says it all.
Global Market Information Database (Euromonitor) Expand Consumers and Countries, Economy Finance Trade and look for Country Profiles on left column.
Discussions of infrastructure are usually contained in country profiles that include sections on transportation, communication or telecommunication and electricity. Check the sources listed above as well as these additonal reports.
Country Commerical Guides check out the Business Travel section or search the pdf's for infrastructure
eMarketer Useful for overview of telecommunication
Energy Information Administration For a quick overview of the energy sector by country
Global Negotiation Resources Free but quality handbook of business communication norms
When Cultures Collide ebook with chapters on communication differences by country.
Handbook of Business Discourse ebook with chapters on business communication by country
Search our book catalog for additional titles. Use the following suggesed subject phrases and your target country.
QC Research Navigate to the Politcal Handbook of the World
EIU Country Reports descibe the political structure and outlook and are updated monthly.
BBC Country Profiles
FT.com Register with your Villanova email address, choose the global economy tab or do an advanced search by Region.
WSJ.com Browse the World Section and drill down to your country or region or search headlines for targe country.
Check the following "Doing Business Guides" as they typically include sections on regulations, labor & employment.
EIU Country Commerce Reports
Country Commercial Guides and Doing Business In from U.S. Commercial Service
Federation of International Trade Associations Index to similar guides from other sources.
EIU Country Reports are geared toward assessing and forecasting current financial and economic conditions. Market Indicators and Forecasts provide just the data.
Business Source Premier includes reports from IHS Global Insight and others. Search target country in Geographic field and limit to Country Report publication type.
World Bank Doing Business (excellent for risk)
Coface (Also provides a risk index)
See EIU Market Indicators and Forecasts Country and Business Operations Risk indices. GlobalEdge also had a collection of indices about business risk and climate.
Global Market Information Database (Euromonitor) Search Industries, Retailing
Mintel Doesn't include all countries
ReferenceUSA Use the Onesource module
Global New Product Development Especially for beauty products, for trends see the insight section.
To find case studies on successful or failed market entry strategies search the business article databases, ABI Inform, Business Source Premier and others listed below. Expect to wade through a fair number of articles to find actionable information. Remember scholarly articles are likely to provide an indepth examination whereas trade and professional publications are usually new requiring more synthesis on your part. If you have the good fortune to find a scholarly case study you may not need to scan all the trade and professional news. I recommend using the following words and phrases in the subject field:
Market entry, market penetration, export marketing, licensing, franchising, joint venture, strategic alliances, partnership (business)
Combine the terms with the AND operator and type your target market in the geographic or location field.
If you don't find any suitable articles on market entry try export marketing or joint ventures or strategic alliances. One search is not likely to do the trick.