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Global Practicum

Country Culture & Demographic Review

You will be able to find much of the information you need for this first deliverable in the country profiles listed below.  Expect to dig deeper into business news and scholarship for information on corporate social responsibility issues particular to your target country or region.  Corporate social responsibility encompasses a number of related issues such as business ethics in general, product safety, consumer rights, employee welfare, environmental protection, and fair trade to name a few.  You may need to search for each of these topics in relation to your country.

 General Country Business Reports

  CIA - The World Factbook

  Country Commercial Guides.

  Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

  Global Edge

  Euromonitor (Passport)

Communication Styles

Executive Planet free quality wiki guide to business etiquette

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.

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

 Political System

  Political Handbook of the World (Sage/CQ Press)

  Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

Global Business News

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.

Labor & Financials

Doing Business Guides

Check the following "Doing Business Guides" as they typically include sections on regulations, labor & employment.

EIU Country Commerce Reports

Deloitte International Tax & Business Guides

Country Commercial Guides and Doing Business In from U.S. Commercial Service

Federation of International Trade Associations Index to similar guides from other sources.

Export/Import Procedures and Documentation

Financial & Economic Conditons

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.

E-Commerce & Retailing

Start out by browsing the Digital World Atlas.

  Euromonitor (Passport)
Expand Countries & Consumers, Technology Communications & Media, Analysis Finder, Country Briefing & your target country

 Market Reports & Trends

  Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS)

  Global New Products Database (Mintel)

  IBIS World

  Mintel Reports

  NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's, Capital IQ)

  Euromonitor (Passport)


Finding News & Analysis on Market Entry, Crisis Management and Social Responsibility

To find news, analysis and case studies on a variety of business topics you will need to search general business news databases (recommended databases are 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 usually require 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.  Typically one search in one database will not do the trick.  You will need to search for similar subjects, keywords and phrase.  For example, I recommend using the following words and phrases to find articles on market entry strategies.

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.

Remember, 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.  Also try similar searches in each of the databases listed below.



 Emerging Markets Business Articles

  Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS)

  Lexis Nexis Academic

  ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)

Find Case Studies of Award Winning Marketing Campaigns

Case studies, news and data on global marketing and advertising.

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

Citing Business Sources Using APA

Doing Business Abroad


Last Modified: Tuesday, May 27th, 2014