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MGT 310: Cross Cultural Management: Country Information

Created by Dana Gordon, Acting Business & Economics Librarian, Spring 2010; latest revision by Terrence Bennett, Spring 2020

Country Information: free online and by subscription via TCNJ Library

Find political, economic and cultural information about a specific country

Country information free online

Global Edge (MSU)Country Insights http://globaledge.msu.edu/countries/
Includes economy, history, government, politics and culture

World BankDoing Business http://www.doingbusiness.org/
Benchmarking business regulations and their enforcement.  A related website, also from the World Bank, is Women, Business and The Law, which also offers country-specific analyses.

World BankPublications http://www.worldbank.org/reference/
Search across all publications with relevant combinations of words and phrases, or just browse by country to find publications that are specific to your country.

Hofstede Centre -- Country Comparison http://geert-hofstede.com/countries.html
Select a country to see the values for Hofstede's six cultural dimensions.

Export.gov (US Dept of Commerce)Country Commercial Guides http://export.gov/ccg/index.asp
Choose your country from the drop-down list, then link to the section(s) of the guide that are most relevant to you. Scroll to the end of the contents list to get to the chapter on Business Travel, which is likely to be especially useful for this assignment.

Federation of International Trade Associations (FITA) -- County Profiles and Resources http://fita.org/countries/index.html
Includes a country overview, information on trade and investing, operating a business, travel (including work visas), etc.

U.S. Department of StateBilateral Relations Fact Sheets http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/
People, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations
The State Department also maintains an up-to-date list of travel advisories -- essential information for your expat family!
The Bureau of Consular Affairs at the State Department manages the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program [STEP], which provides a simple way for U.S. citizens living abroad to register with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Centre for Intercultural Learning (Canada)—Country Insights http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/countryinsights-apercuspays-eng.asp
“Country facts and cultural information … Go beyond the do's and don'ts…” Also includes links to sources for history (including a timeline from the BBC), geography, culture, politics, and the economy.

Central Intelligence AgencyWorld Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html
Includes history, people, government, economy, geography, communications and more

BBC (UK)—Country Profiles: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/country_profiles/default.stm
Select your country from the pull-down list under the appropriate continent/region. Contents may include a timeline of significant historical events; news and current events; and politics.

NationMaster—Nations of the World http://www.nationmaster.com/countries
Select your country from the A-Z list, then review facts and figures, background information, comparative rankings, articles, etc.

International Business Etiquette, Manners, and Culture http://cyborlink.com/
The list of countries covered is limited, but information is uniformly compiled and presented.

Culture Crossing http://guide.culturecrossing.net/
“A community built guide to cross-cultural etiquette & understanding”

Kwintessential (U.K.)Country Profiles http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/country-profiles.html
Guides to cultural and business etiquette [this is a commercial site with a lot of ads]

Library of Congress—Country Studies http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/list.html
Includes business, government and politics, culture, history, education, media, and more. [Unfortunately, this collection is no longer currently updated. However, the 82 titles in this collection may still provide useful overviews.]

World Business Culturehttp://www.worldbusinessculture.com/index.html
Coverage is limited (currently only 39 countries are included), but you may find some useful insights about business practices. The presence of a lot of ads can be very distracting.

IOR Global Serviceshttp://www.iorworld.com/
This is a commercial management consultancy, specializing in global team management, expatriate relocation consulting, and language training. Their cultural insights may provide useful information for this project.

Commisceo Global—Resources and Information for Cultural Understanding http://www.commisceo-global.com/resources
This is set of free resources made available by a for-profit training and consultancy firm. Brief (free) country and culture guides serve as pointers to comprehensive country reports available for purchase. Note that the company has restrictions on re-use of information, even from its free resources. The free country quizzes are fun (and challenging) -- and may provide inspiration for interactive activities that support cultural awareness.

Banco SantanderTrade Portal, resources for expanding business overseas. https://en.portal.santandertrade.com/establish-overseas
Input the name of your country to see if it's covered in this commercial source from Banco Santander.  Note that some of the information on the results page comes from the World Bank Doing Business guide and the CIA World Factbook (see above).

Expat Focushttps://www.expatfocus.com/
This online community includes articles, user forums, interviews and other information that may be useful to the expatriate community (including a lot of ads). The destination guides may be a source of useful information.

OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)- http://www.oecd.org/
   OECD Better Life Index -- "...compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics"
   How's Life in Your Region? -- "measuring regional and local well-being"
 


Country reports via TCNJ Library subscription

A to Z World Business -- https://library.tcnj.edu/search-tools/databases-a-z/atoz-worldbusiness/
From the home page, select your country from the pull-down list, then use the left-side menu to jump to information such as country facts, business culture, business formation, communications, money and banking, etc.  The "World Trade Resources" may contain useful information for your expatriate family, such as understanding international dialing and time zones.

Statista -- https://library.tcnj.edu/search-tools/databases-a-z/statista/
Search for the name of your country; results include in-depth dossiers with demographic and economic statistics. Or, combine the name of your country with specific words or phrases such as "employment" or "public transit."

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)Viewswire http://viewswire.eiu.com/
Limited information at this free site; subscriber content available in ABI/Inform Global https://library.tcnj.edu/search-tools/databases-a-z/abiinform-global/

  • After logging in to the database, choose Advanced Search
  • Enter your country name in the first search box
  • Enter “viewswire” in the next search box
  • Add other relevant search terms as necessary

Country WatchCountry Reviews http://countrywatch.com
Subscriber content available in Business Source Premier https://library.tcnj.edu/search-tools/databases-a-z/business-source-premier/

  • Change search interface from Basic Search to Advanced Search.
  • Enter your country name to the first search box (and chsnge the search field to "GE Geographic Terms")
  • Enter “country review” in the next search box
  • After you've opened the latest country review, find sections of interest using the navigation tool on the left side of the page

Find Economic and demographic statistics

Data and statistics free online

International Financial Statistics - http://data.imf.org/?sk=5DABAFF2-C5AD-4D27-A175-1253419C02D1
Select "Query" the menu at the top of the page, then build your query by choosing a country and then selecting an indicator (e.g. "consumer price index").

World BankOpen Data Catalog http://data.worldbank.org/
Select "Browse by Country" from the link beneath the search box to see a list of countries for which data is available. In-depth demographic and economic statistics are provided for each country.

OECD Factbookhttp://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/economics/data/oecd-factbook-statistics_factbook-data-en -- "...dynamic and comprehensive statistical annual showing a wide range of key statistics for its member countries and major additional countries

International statistical agencies (if you need to search for more expansive information than what’s offered at the sites listed above) https://census.gov/programs-surveys/international-programs/about/related-sites.html. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see an expansive list of international statistical agencies.

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