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Business Research Toolkit
Modeled on the University of Alabama at Birgmingham, Sterne Library's award winning Business Research Toolkit Program, GMU's version is now self-paced and asynchronous. The hands-on program introduces participants to business resources and research.
Economic Indicators: Pieces of economic data, usually of macroeconomic scale, that are used by investors to interpret current or future investment possibilities and judge the overall health of an economy. GDP, Consumer Price Index (CPI), and unemployment numbers are examples of economic indicators.
Gross Domestic Product: The monetary value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country's borders in a specific time period, though GDP is usually calculated on an annual basis.
Social Indicators: Social indicators are numerical measures that describe the well-being of individuals or communities. They are used to describe and evaluate community well-being in terms of social, economic and psychological welfare.
International business research is a broad term. It could include everything from researching foreign companies (or domestic companies doing business abroad) and foreign industries to business statistics and demographics about other countries and their people.
Here are just a few broad areas of international business research and types of information that would fall within each.
Provides a wide range of scholarship in international affairs from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, conference proceedings, books, journals, and policy briefs. Also includes teaching materials such as case studies and course packs of background readings. Contains links to international affairs centers, institutes, and other resources; U.S., international, and foreign government sites; environmental studies web pages; and news media services. All sections updated monthly.
Country Commercial Guides (CCG's) are prepared annually by U.S. embassies with the assistance of several U.S. government agencies. These reports present a comprehensive look at countries' commercial environments, using economic, political and market analysis.
Connects international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities. Includes Database of International Business Statistics (DIBS).
Provides access to economic, debt, and financial flow indicator data for 136 countries and country groups that participate in the World Bank Debtor Reporting System.
View a tutorial on this database here.
Passport is a global market information database examining countries, consumers and industries. Passport offers integrated access to internationally comparable statistics, insightful market reports and interactive visualization tools across 30+ industries and 210+ countries & territories. Tutorial for the Passport GMID (Euromonitor International) database.
A complete geographical handbook, featuring 267 full-color maps and flags of all nations and geographical entities. Each country profile tracks demographic, ethnicity, literacy, political, and economic data. note: updated yearly
Globally renowned for its accuracy, consistency and reliability, the Europa World Year Book is your source for detailed country surveys containing the latest analytical, statistical and directory information for over 250 countries and territories.
The Development of International Business offers an extensive understanding of contemporary international business through detailed, engaging discussion of the development of the multinational enterprise (MNE) over the past half-century.
International Business Basics, the sixth title in the best-selling Crash Course for Entrepreneurs series, gives you the vital information and insights you need to: Learn about cultural issues Successfully enter new markets Ensure you get paid and are protected Make the most of support from trade and governmental agencies Secure funding Deal with real estate and logistics Capitalize on immigration trends Manage at a distance Open your mind to being flexible, creative, and resourceful in the face of sometimes puzzling and ever-changing challenges Learn from the successes and mistakes of these serial entrepreneurs who have real-world experience in many diverse countries and business sectors. International Business Basics will reduce your learning curve and help you succeed, even in your first stages!