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INBU3200- Teresa Brosnan   Tags: international_business, international_industry  

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Welcome to the Research Guide for International Business.  The guide hightlights resources  for the individual Market Research & Analysis Assignment for INBU3200

Customs and Culture

   If the basic country information does not have sufficient information on culture and society,

try the sources below:

eReference book

Gives basic country profile plus indepth information on food, marriage/ kinship, social stratification, gender roles, landed property, etc...


Country Analysis Assignment

 1. 2-3 p. Report.  Include 3+ academically, credible sources cited in APA.

 2. Based on your research, decide whether to do business in your assigned country. Consider:

  • Geographic location, capital cities, climate, population
  • Heads of state, brief details of political and economic systems
  • GDP, Main products, businesses
  • Main trading partners, main business, or industry groups
  • Language, ethnic origins, religion, culture

 3. View relevant factors from an IB perspective.  

 4. Outline pro/cons of doing business in your required country.

 5.  Include Annotated Bibliography: an organized list and summary of  consulted sources.  Start with  author (if available), title and the publishing information. The annotation is  brief (150 words or 4-6 sentences). It not only describes the work, it can also be evaluative. For this assignment, for each source include:

  • Purpose
  • Summary of main arguments
  • Why source was chosen
  • Topics covered

Basic Country Information

 Compare general sources for Chile.  

  • CIA World Factbook
  • Foreign Travel Advice
    UK. Foreign Commonwealth Office.
  • Europa World
    Europa World, the online version of the Europa World Year Book, contains political and economic information on over 250 countries as well as statistical and directory information.
  • Mergent online
    Mergent Online is an Internet-based suite of information resources that enables in-depth business and financial research.

Article Databases

Business Source Complete & ABI Trade& Industry are top sources for international business articles.  Find international newspapers in LexisNexis.

Global environments. Search  information about  different environments which may effect your firm globally.  Note: You may want to think of narrower concepts. Here are some examples....


Broad term:Political-> Corruption taxation
Broad term: Environmental-> pollution Natural disasters
Broad term: Economic-> recession foreign investments
Broad term: Technological-> software piracy Intellectual property
Broad term: Culture-> family business gender


  • Business Source Complete
    Excellent starting point for research. Includes extensive full text of both scholarly and popular journals; also full text company and industry reports.
  • ProQuest (all collections)
    Multidisciplinary databases including ABI Trade & Industry, National, regional and local newspapers, ProQuest Family Health, ProQuest Religion, and ProQuest Research Library .
  • ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry  
    Full text articles from business trade journals.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Wide range of full-text news (newspapers, wire services, transcripts and newsletters), business literature, industry and company information, legal, biographical, and reference resources.

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