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
BBC News Country Profiles
"Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions".CIA - The World Factbook
The online Factbook is updated bi-weekly. The U.S. government’s complete geographical handbook, featuring full-color maps and flags of all nations and geographical entities. Each country profile tracks such demographics as population, ethnicity and literacy rates, as well as political, geographical and economic data. (Bartleby.com)Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
Commerce Reports, Country Reports and Market Indicators and Forecasts from the Economist Intelligence Unit offer monthly and annual in depth analysis, data and ratings for the infrastructure, demographics, political scene, domestic economy, foreign trade, including regional and industrial sector breakdowns for over 200 countries.Global Edge
Global business knowledge site providing access to authoritative data from Michigan State University.Mergent Online
Provides 15 years of detailed financial statements for international and U.S. companies. Enables customized viewing and output to retrieve company reports and financials into software applications such as Word, Excel or Adobe, and enables accurate cross-border searches using a variety of financial and text variables. Also provides access industry and country profiles. LIMITED TO 4 SIMULTANEOUS USERS.OECD iLibrary
Data and metadata for OECD countries and some selected non-member countries for everything from Agriculture to Welfare.OxResearch
"A first draft of history, OxResearch® delivers succinct articles analyzing economic and political developments worldwide, and evaluates issues within a coherent political, social, and economic framework....Created by Oxford Analytica, this powerful multi-disciplinary database helps students research and analyze the impact of probable developments on the business climate."Political Handbook of the World (Sage/CQ Press)
Comprehensive country profiles chronicling national history, government, and political parties, as well as profiles on intergovernmental organizations, development banks, and the agencies and specialized bodies of the United Nations.
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.
Doing Business Guides
Country Commercial Guides.
Country Commercial Guides (CCG's) are prepared annually by U.S. embassies with the assistance of several U.S. government agencies. These reports present a comprehensive look at countries' commercial environments, using economic, political and market analysis. The CCG's were established by recommendation of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC), a multi-agency task force, to consolidate various reporting documents prepared for the U.S. business community." Site contains data published prior to 2001. For data published after 2001, please visit the US State DepartmentDeloitte Taxation & Investment Guides
"The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework."Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
Commerce Reports, Country Reports and Market Indicators and Forecasts from the Economist Intelligence Unit offer monthly and annual in depth analysis, data and ratings for the infrastructure, demographics, political scene, domestic economy, foreign trade, including regional and industrial sector breakdowns for over 200 countries.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".World Bank Doing Business
Data and reports on business regulation for regions, 189 nations and some subnational entities and cities.
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
Canadian Centre for Intercultural Learning
Free content in Culture Wizard is reliable too.
International intercultural training organization.Country Insights include invaluable tips on intercultural questions by country.
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.
Use your Villanova WSJ.com and FT.com subscriptions.
Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS)
Lexis Nexis Academic
Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS) delivers deep, rich company and industry information, alongside the relevant news, research and analytics for developing markets.
For quick results search the Countries Information form on the left hand navigation.
FITA Federation of International Trade Associations with links to leads, market research, country profiles.
Foreign Industry Reports
ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest) Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS)
Search by subject keyword or phrase or drill down to relevant NAICS or classification codes. Use the location field to identify the target market. Use the document type check off to limit to industry reports, market reports and market research. Offers reports published by BMI, Euromonitor and others.
Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS) delivers deep, rich company and industry information, alongside the relevant news, research and analytics for developing markets. Euromonitor (Passport)
Start at the Industries tab, choose the relevant consumer product or service category, use the search tree to drill down to the specific category and select the geography. Categories are relatively narrowly defined, but limited to consumer goods and services.
Global & China reports Lexis Nexis Academic
Use the Lexis-Nexis Markets and Industry Search link. Expand Advanced Options and check off Canadean and IDC Research (the others don’t cover foreign markets). Search by keywords or build your own segment search. When viewing results select show full document.
Select the Industries tab, search by keyword or phrase across all classifications in the source. Select All Market Research to see reports from Marketline, Freedonia, Emerging Markets, Euromonitor and the U.S. Commercial Service. Sort by Country for easy browsing.