ENTR403: International Entrepreneurship

arrow pointing rightArticles on International Business & Entrepreneurship
Factiva more information

News, company information, and market data. A must for international business research, because of its strong international coverage.

Sample Search (soft drink industry in India)

LexisNexis Academic: News Search more information

U.S. and international news.

Business Source Complete (EBSCO) more information

Articles from newspapers, trade publications, magazines, and scholarly journals on all aspects of business, including various industries, marketing, promotion, international trade, multinationals, globalization, and business etiquette.

Need help using this database?

arrow pointing rightPolitical Environment
LexisNexis Academic more information

Search for Business Monitor International reports on your country from the front page (lower left corner) of LexisNexis. You will probably need to drill down by Result Group, sort by relevance/date, or search within results after your initial search to find reports of interest.

Europa World Plus more information

Political and economic background on 250 countries and territories (not just Europe!).

Business Source Complete: Country Profiles more information

This database contains extensive country reports from sources such as Datamonitor, Political Risk Yearbook, and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

To locate the reports, first search for the name of a country. Then, on the lefthand side of the page, under Refine Your Results: scroll down to Source Types, and choose Show More > Country Reports.

PRS Risk Guide & Service (LexisNexis Academic) more information

Analysis and forecasts of political and economic risks of doing business.

Tips:

  • Be sure to adjust date limit before searching (try 1 year).
  • Afterwards, you probably want to sort by relevance.
ONDD (Belgian Export Credit Agency): Country Risks more information

ONDD rates 240 countries for risk in terms of export transactions and direct investment.

A.M. Best: Country Risk more information

Credit rating firm A.M. Best looks at economic, political, and financial system risk.

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Doing Business (World Bank) more information

See how countries stack up in terms of starting a business, regulations, investment and legal climate, taxation, and more. Or map the Doing Business rankings on the Business Planet site. Extensive reports on countries and regions are available in the Download section.

U.S. Commercial Service: Country Commercial Guides more information

Export.gov's Market Research Library includes Country Commercial Guides, which provide invaluable background on a country's political and economic environment, leading sectors, trade regulations, investment climate, financing, and business travel.

Country Commercial Guides are freely available. To access the Market Research Reports and Best Market Reports, you must first register with Export.gov.

Exporters' Encyclopedia more information

REFERENCE HF3011 .E9

Country profiles including trade regulations and required documentation. Also touches on business etiquette.

Deloitte more information

Use the global site selector to choose country-specific site. Reports on doing business as well as selected industries.

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World Values Survey more information

International survey of sociocultural and political beliefs and values.

Countries and Their Cultures more information

Focuses on cultures and countries around the world. Entries contain descriptive summaries of the country in question, including demographic, historical, cultural, economic, religious, and political information.

CultureGrams more information

REFERENCE GT150 .C85

Cultural information for 200+ countries.

Emerging Consumer Markets more information

RESERVES: HC79 .C6 E64

Demographics; market sizes; manufacturers & brands; and consumer market overviews for Brazil, Russia, India, China, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey

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Country Insights from Canada's Centre for Intercultural Learning more information

Each national profile includes questions on interpersonal, cultural, & workplace norms, with answers from both a local and Canadian perspective.

Geert Hofstede Cultural Dimensions Resource Center more information

Comparative country scores for cultural values such as Individualism and Power Distance, with critical ramifications for cross-cultural business relationships.

arrow pointing rightIndustry Conditions
Alacra Industry Spotlights more information

Links to industry resources, including trade associations and publications. Some resources may be fee-based, but you will probably find some free information worth your while. From Alacra, aggregator of business information.

Business Source Complete: MarketLine / Datamonitor Industry Profiles more information

National and regional industry profiles. Sample report: Soft Drinks in Russia

To find an industry report, first do a simple search for industry and country. Example: soft drinks and Russia

Next, on the left side of the screen: Under Refine Results > Source Types > select Show More. Select Industry Profiles, if available, to see report(s).

Consumer Americas more information

RESERVES HC79.C6 C636

Economic, demographic, and market statistics and trends for consumer industries & products.

Global Market Share Planner more information

RESERVES HD2757.15 .G56

Covers top brands in consumer categories for 54 countries worldwide.

Kompass: Worldwide B to B Company Search Engine more information

Search for companies worldwide by company, product, or industry code, as welll as by country or region. Some functionality and in-depth information is fee-based; Towson University does not have a subscription.

LexisNexis Academic: Company Dossier more information

Go to Dossier Create a List of Companies to generate lists of companies by industry code, geography, revenue criteria.

Biztradeshows more information

International trade show directory.

Gale Directory Library more information

A database of e-directories that allows you to search across directories, export and analyze data.  This database includes Market Share Reporter, Business Rankings Annual, Encyclopedia of Associations, and Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media.

 

TradeStats Express more information

Trade flows between countries, available by NAICS, HS (Harmonized System), or SITC (Standard International Trade Classification) industry codes.

United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics (UN Comtrade) more information

With over 1 billion records, this database contains detailed imports and exports statistics reported by statistical authorities of close to 200 countries or areas, including annual trade data from 1962 to the most recent year.

Export.gov more information

Information and opportunities for the exporter. The site contains dedicated China, India, and South Africa pages.

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Google Translate more information

Quick and dirty translation for websites or documents.

American Translators Association more information

Directory of certified translators, along with tips for working with translators.

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Last revised: February 24, 2014