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Doing Business Abroad

Sensitivity to the customes and practices of doing buisiness in other countries is not new, but has never been more important to American business people.  These resources should help to foster  the intercultural competence necessary for global trade and multinational management.

Country Background Reports

An appreciation for the historical context and economic conditions of foreign countries is key to doing business.

Economist Intelligence Unit  The country reports are forward looking descriptions of economic and political conditions written for business professionals and updated on a monthly basis.

Digital Reference Books on Nations Provide general overviews of the social, political, and cultural history not written specifically for a business audience.

Source OECD

BBC News Country Profiles

U.S. Department of State Background Notes

CIA World Factbook

Global Edge by country

Mergent Online Use lower right screen drop down to choose country

Doing Business Guides

Guides to doing business are distinguished from country background reports to the extent that they focus on the requirements for and limitations to commercial activity.

Economist Intelligence Unit Country Commerce reports provide practical advice for operating in 55 countries.

U.S. Commercial Guides Doing Business series are written for U.S. exporters.

Deloitte International Tax & Business Guides  Ideal for the international investor interesting in the tax regimes and operating conditions.

National Trade Estimate Reports U.S. Trade Representative reports on barriers to trade.

  UHY Doing Business Guides
"Prepared by UHY’s member firms, each ‘Doing Business’ guide covers country specific business information you need to consider should you wish to pursue business interests there".

Business Etiquette and Communication

These digital books are compendiums on cross cultural business communication.

Cambridge handbook of culture organizations and work

Handbook of business discourse

When cultures collide leading across cultures

Negotiating international business


To find books in the Falvey Library collection search the following subject terms in our Catalog and combine them with your target country

  • business etiquette
  • intercultural communication
  • communication in management
  • business communication
  • negotiation in business
  • corporate culture

Free content in Culture Wizard is reliable too.

Free content from Canadian Center for Intercultural Learning

  Canadian Centre for Intercultural Learning
International intercultural training organization.Country Insights include invaluable tips on intercultural questions by country.

Language Arts

Digital Bilingual Dictionaries

Romance Languages & Literature Research Guide  Guide to language resources at Falvey Library.

Catalog Search our catalog for "self instruction" or grammar and the target language to find language learning books.

iTunes University  Has numerious videos for independentllearning languages.  You will need to download iTunes to view them.  Emory Universities are quite popular.


  Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS)
Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS) delivers deep, rich company and industry information, alongside the relevant news, research and analytics for developing markets.

  Lexis Nexis Academic
For quick results search the Countries Information form on the left hand navigation.

Import/Export Associations

FITA  Federation of International Trade Associations with links to leads, market research, country profiles.

lhauck Linda Hauck
Business Librarian
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 222


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