Course Research Pages
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 LexisNexis Academic and EBSCO.
Also check the book catalog for recent books on your country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Statesman's Yearbook 2010 (reference book located at R JA51 .S7 2010)
Culture, politics, and economies of the world.
U.S. Department of State
Select "Countries" from the horizontal menu tab and then select "Background Notes" and/or "Library of Congress Country Study."
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)
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.
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.
Market Research Library
Choose your country and all reports for a list of info on your country. Note that free registration is required for some resources.
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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