Business Environment/Ease of Doing Business

  ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)
Type your target country in the search box, use the drop down menu to the right to limit to title. Limit the document type by check off to country report.

  Country Commercial Guides.
Country Commercial Guides (CCG's) are prepared annually by U.S. embassies These reports present a comprehensive look at countries' commercial environments, using economic, political and market analysis.

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Macroeconomic reports and forecasts are available from a number of information providers. Use these tips to find them: search by country name, use the drop down to limit to "geographic term" and select the publication type "country report."

  Economist Intelligence Unit
Commerce Reports & Country reports cover general business practices and the economic environment.

  Global Edge
Free curated collection of high quality country business information from Michigan State University. Risk, Indices and Economy tabs most useful for understanding business environment.

  World Bank Doing Business
Reports rank and analyze the ease of doing business on a number of dimensions including start ups, contract enforcement, construction, electricity, trade, taxes and others.

Labor/Employment/Talent Management

To learn more about human resources topics search the general business news and academic article databases too.

  Conference Board Business & Economics Portfolio
Go to Business Management Research and search for Asia or Hong Kong across all topic to find several reports on strategic HR topics

  ILO (International Labor Organization) in Asia & the Pacific
Many reports and recurrent publications on labor & employment in the region. HK included in greater China reports.

  Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Reports and studies on various aspects of the labor force.

Top Sectors

Top sectors or industries are usually listed with some granularity in economic reports.  IHS Country Monitor reports available via Business Source Premier consistently report top 10 sectors by value added.

Once you've identified top sectors you may be able to use the databases below to get industry/market research reports for your country.

  Hong Kong Four Key Industries
Census Bureau report

  D&B Hoovers
Offers public and private company and industry information including company profiles, market research reports from Marketline, Freedonia, Euromonitor, and RMA updated with recent news, executive profiles, and analyst reports.

  EMIS Intelligence (Emerging Markets Information Service)
Delivers company and industry information together with relevant news, research, and analytics for developing markets.


  Political Handbook of the World (Sage/CQ Press)
Comprehensive country profiles chronicling national history, government, and political parties.

  Economist Intelligence Unit
Commerce Reports & Country Reports discuss regulation with regard to labor, taxes, competition, intellectual property, organizing investments, & trade

  Hong Kong Government: Business & Trade

  Viet Nam Government Portal


  Global Edge
Navigate to the country report and open the culture tab to link to high quality sources on business etiquette.

  Countries & Their Cultures
Encyclopedia describes social and cultural life.

  Career Center Online Resources
GoinGlobal is a Career Center database that you can access via Handshake. It covers business communication norms, networking & topics related to daily life.

News & Scholarship

Use these databases for academic research and business news.  Search them for detailed news and insights about labor, regulation, negotiation styles and market entry strategies.

  Financial Times  Access Instructions
Subscription courtesy of Villanova School of Business.  Register with your Villanova email address. Browse the World section and search for your target country.

  Wall Street Journal, Eastern Edition (ProQuest)
Provides access to the Wall Street Journal via the ABI/INFORM Complete database (1984 to the present).

  Economist (US)

  ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)
The database features thousands of full-text journals, key business and economics periodicals, & country-and industry-focused reports.

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Business Source Premier is a full-text, scholarly and trade article database covering a wide range of topics.

  Google Scholar
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Scholar search tips