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Global Practicum Domestic

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.


Many library databases such as Lexis-Nexis, 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.

FT.com  Sign up for your VSB subscription

WSJ.com  Be sure to use your VSB subscription

BBC News

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
Reports and papers on governance and environmental issues to name a few.

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)

  ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)


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.

  Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS)
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.

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

  D&B Global Business Browser (formerly Onesource/Avention)
Offers public and private company profiles and screener, industry market research reports from Marketline, Freedonia, Euromonitor and RMA updated with recent news, executive profiles and analyst reports.

  IBIS World
Covers industries in China and US only.

  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.

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 (EIU)

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

  UHY Doing Business Guides

  Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS)
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, Lexis-Nexis, The Financial Times and others.

  MarketLine Company Profiles
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.

  Lexis Nexis Academic
Excellent source for foreign company profiles but difficult to search.

  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.

  Mergent Online
Use the advanced search to find foreign public companies

  NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's, Capital IQ)
Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage is a comprehensive, professional source of proprietary analysis on industry trends, corporate activities, and investments. For non-business students, the service includes a Financial Education section with tools for understanding personal finance.

Managing Across Cultures

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 from Canadian Center for Intercultural Learning

Free content from Kwintessential

Going Global from Career Services

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.

  Lexis Nexis Academic


This & That

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

e-Marketer is an international aggregator of data and reports on digital marketing from over 4000 sources. Access reports, data and news about media usage, social media, mobile, digital advertising, e-commerce, e-mail marketing, and search across a wide range of industries.

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

  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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Villanova , PA , 19085
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