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IMG 300: International Management

Project: Country Briefing Analysis

Keeping Up-to-Date on Current News About Your Country

Bowman Library subscribes to the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, and The Economist in print. Many other newspapers and current articles are available through our databases.

EBSCOhost is a group of databases that brings together a large collection of articles from academic journals, magazines, and newspapers, covering a wide range of topics.

LexisNexis Academic is particularly useful for following articles from newspapers and magazines, and provides access to country, company, and industry information.

Also check the book catalog for recent books on your country.

Country Information

Brookings Institution
The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Their mission is to conduct “high-quality, independent research” and provide innovative, practical recommendations. Search under the Research tab by topic, geographic location, or content type. Or, click on the Expert tab, and search by keyword to find research and commentary authored by one of the Brookings researchers about a specific topic or geographic area.

CIA World Factbook
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. In addition to the detailed content for each location, this site also provides clear explanations and definitions of topic headings used in each of the profiles.

Council on Foreign Relations
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business leaders, journalists, educators and students in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. The website provides a wealth of information on a variety of topics; search by region, topic, publication, or year. Includes a section for students under the Resources tab.

Comprehensive information about a given country – economy, political climate, exchange rate, industry, social overview, culture, etc. On the left use the drop-down menu to locate your country. Explore the menu on the left side.

Encyclopaedia Britannica
Search by country name for history, geography, religion, and languages spoken. Use the World Data page for up-to-date info on countries, as well as country comparisons, and statistics. Country Comparison allows comparison between countries.

Exporter's Encyclopaedia (reference book located at R HF 3011 .E9)
This comprehensive guide to export markets of countries worldwide includes trade regulations, marketing data, legal requirements, transportation, key contacts, and more.

Choose your country in left-hand column. Each country listing includes information on history, culture, economy, risk, and more.

Mergent Online
Go to Country Profile in lower right corner and choose a country in the drop-down box. On the next page, click through on the country name on the right side of the page.

Use the Countries tab to find your country and link to a wealth of information across a wide variety of topics, including economic, trade, social, scientific, etc. Or, use the Topics drop down to research a particular topic. Once on the topic page, there is a link to information about the selected topic by country.

The Statesman's Yearbook 2010 (reference book located at R JA51 .S7 2010)
Culture, politics, and economies of the world.

One of the world's largest statistics portals with data from over 18,000 sources. Provides access to 1 million statistics. Also contains information on industries, countries, digital markets, and other topics, as well as infographics.

U.S. Department of State
Select "Countries" from the horizontal menu tab and then select "Background Notes" and/or "Library of Congress Country Study."

World Bank
The World Bank site includes a wide range of information and research on countries and development issues that affect nations worldwide. The site includes policy working papers, reports, and publications, as well as statistical data relevant to international development topic areas. Use the tabs along the top of the home page to begin your search: try Countries, Topics, Research, and Publications.

More About Cultural Issues

When Cultures Collide: Managing Successfully Across Cultures (library book)

Cultural Measures

Geert Hofstede™ Cultural Dimensions
Use Hofstede's cultural measures to determine how culture influences the workplace, searching by country. Go to Cultural Tools and then Country Comparison.

Economic and Political and Government Environments

Passport GMID (Global Market Information Database)
Hover over the "Countries & Consumers" top horizontal tab; areas of most interest to you will be "Economy, Finance and Trade" and "Government, Labor and Education." Choose one of the areas and then pull down the "Search Tree" menu on the left and choose topics such as exchange rates, foreign direct investment, etc. or corruption, ease of doing business, etc. After making your choice, hit the Go button. You can then build your search by topic and by country.

There are also Country Profiles that discuss various aspects of doing business in other countries. Passport GMID contains a lot of information useful for this assignment; if you are confused about how to use it, don't hesitate to ask a librarian.

Choose your country and take a look at the political, economic, and investment overviews.

Doing Business
Provides reports on doing dusiness in 183 countries, including local regulations, level of corruption, and economic stability. From the World Bank and the International Finance Corp.

U.S. Department of State
Use the "Countries & Regions" horizontal tab for the "A-Z List of Country and Other Area Pages." Find your country; go to the Background Notes link for information on government, economy, and political conditions.

Country Commercial Guides
In the box on the right side, use the dropdown menu to find your country.

Also see Bowman Library's Subject Research Guides on International Management and Culture and International Trade Research.

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