Country Overview

  CIA - The World Factbook
Just the bare bones facts, but essential reading.

  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.

  Global Edge
Global business knowledge site providing access to authoritative data from Michigan State University.

  ISA (International Strategic Analysis)


Many library databases such as  NexisUni, Emerging Markets, and ABI Inform have current international business news, but they are not designed for browsing.  The following single news sources facilitate browsing for business and political news.

  Financial Times
Subscription courtesy of Villanova School of Business.  Register with your Villanova email address.

  Wall Street Journal, Eastern Edition (ProQuest)
The Wall Street Journal is available online on the ABI/INFORM Proquest database (which also offers a dizzying array of other exceptional sources). For access to VSB Graduate Programs

  BBC News
Visit BBC News for up-to-the-minute news, breaking news, video, audio and feature stories. BBC News provides trusted World and UK news as well as local and regional perspectives. Also entertainment, business, science, technology and health news.

  Economist (US)

  OxResearch (Oxford Analytica; ProQuest)
Search for your target country in the title (use the drop down menu) to get brief articles on significant political and economic developments.

Social Responsibility and Sustainability

To identify and explain social responsibility and sustainability issues pertinent to your target country you will likely need to search news and academic papers.  The following databases are likely to be good places to start.  Note that you will need to search by target country and by the various keywords used to describe SR and sustainability.

  OECD iLibrary

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)

  ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)

  Google Scholar


Before outlining the business plan, it will be helpful to place your proposed business within the context of an industry.  Industry reports typically report market sizes and values as well as identify key suppliers, competitors and target markets.

  EMIS Intelligence (Emerging Markets Information Service)
Click on the target country to begin. Maximize the Industries module. Choose the target industry. If needed, limit content by language. Expand and browse the industry snapshots.

  Passport (Euromonitor International)  Limitations on Use
Our subscription to Euromonitor only covers consumer goods & services. Despite this limitation the reports provide excellent insight and data.

Provides a portal to statistics and studies gathered by market researchers, trade organizations, scientific publications, and government sources. Topics covered include industries, media, companies, product categories, and countries.

  D&B Global Business Browser
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. Formerly known as Onesource/Avention.

  ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)
Use the drop down to the right of the search box to select location and type you target country. In the second search box type keywords describing your target category. Limit to document type "industry report" "market report" or "market research"

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Business Source Premier is similar to ABI Inform in that it aggregates business news, scholarship and reports making extracting industry and market profiles tricky. Use the drop down to search for your target country by Geography, search for your target industry by Subject or NAICS code. Limit publication type to Industry Profile.

  Global New Products Database (Mintel)  Limitations on Use
Monitors new product activity in consumer packaged goods markets worldwide.

Business & Economics

Economic reports and doing business guides will go a long way toward addressing issues relating to key economic indicators, financial and employment regulations, as well as risk and security factors.

  Country Commercial Guides.

  Economist Intelligence Unit

  World Bank Doing Business
Data and reports on business regulation for regions, 189 nations and some subnational entities and cities.

  UHY Doing Business Guides

  EMIS Intelligence (Emerging Markets Information Service)
Choose your target country and select the economics tab

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Search by Publication Type, Country Report


Industry reports are a good place to identify competitors and they also typically describe barriers to entry. In addition you may need to use company screeners to identify competiors or company profiles for ready made SWOT analyses of competitors.  Always update company profiles by searching news in ABI Inform, Business Source Premier,  The Financial Times and others.

  MarketLine Company Profiles (EBSCO)
MarketLine company reports cover both U.S. and foreign companies in a wide range of industries. Typically reports are 15-20 pages and provide a description of the business, company history, key personnel, products and services and competitors.

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

  Mergent Online
Use the advanced search to find foreign public companies

  NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's Capital IQ)
Offers market information, company quotes, equity index information, industry information (including the S&P Industry Surveys), and economic data.

  D&B Global Business Browser
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. Formerly known as Onesource/Avention.

Managing Across Cultures

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


  Falvey Library Catalog (Books & Media)

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

  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.

  Conference Board Business & Economics Portfolio
Search "Business Management Research" for your target country.

Legal & Regulatory Bodies

Due to language barriers and challenges of primary legal research you may need to rely on summaries of legal and regulatory approaches to your issue. 

Inter-governmental agencies (IGO's) such as the European Union as well as trade associations (typically referenced in industry reports) track regulatory issues.

For a comprehensive list of links to foreign law on the free web see Law Library of Congress Guide to Law Online Nations.

Industry reports typically identify key regulatory issues and agencies.  They also list trade associations that typically advocate for industry interest with governmental bodies.


International Labor Organization database of national labour, social security and related human rights legislation

  World Bank Doing Business Law Library
Link to statutes and regulations on common business topics by country

  Gale business insights handbook of global business law
Very basic introduction to international laws related to trade and market entry. Does not include summary of country law.

This & That

The following resources don't neatly fall into the class presentation report schedule, but they may be helpful.

Offers data and reports related to digital marketing. Topics include advertising spending, digital marketing, social media, media usage, e-commerce, email marketing, and device usage. Coverage is global.

Offers information on global advertising and marketing trends including case studies, articles, reports, opinion pieces, and expenditure data. Formerly known as World Advertising Research Center.

  FITA - Federation of International Trade Associations
"The FITA Global Trade Portal, is the source for international import export trade leads, events, and links to 8,000 international trade (export import) related Websites."

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