This site can serve as a nice springboard for researching business opportunities in other countries. Information varies by country. If there is a country commerical guide for your country, it can provide valuable information on selling U.S. products and services, the leading sectors for U.S. export and investments, trade regulations and stardards, investment climate, trade and project financing and market research.
This factbook provides information on geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military and transnational issues. It provides basic facts on each of these issues for each country.
These publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of nations. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Affairs as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus.
The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. The series examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.
This site hosted by the Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada serves as a launching point to locate information on a country. It will link you to the best web sites on a country’s history, geography, economy, politics, and culture. In addition, it also provides perspectives on a variety of topics such as communication styles, workplace conflict, hierarchy and decision-making and much more from a Canadian and Native perspective.
Market Research Library
You need to register to use this resource and the industries are limited. However, if you can find a market research report for your product and country, you will have information on market demand, barriers, and entry.
Provides overview of education systems of countries. Some reports may be in their native language.
Culturegrams (http://bozemanpubliclibrary.org/ )
This resources is available at the Bozeman Public Library. You can either use it onsite or log-on remotely with your BPL card number (not MSU). This database provides a 4 page report on your country encompassing the social and cultural issue as well as basic information on the economy and government.
Countries and Their Cultures – www.everyculture.com
This site provides cultural information on a range of countries. Each entry includes:
Culture Name/Alternative Name
History and Ethnic Relations
Urbanism, Architecture and Use of Space
Food and Economy
Political LifeNon-governmental Organizations
Gender Role and Statuses
Marriage, Family and Kinship
Arts and Humanities
Business Cultural Guides – http://www.executiveplanet.com
This is a wiki in which each country page is hosted by an individual(s) living in the country or a professional with experience in cross-cultural communications. Some entries are still being built. Entries can include information about making appointments, dressing appropriately, negotiating agreements, managing products and human resources, entertaining and appropriate conversation topics and public behavior.
Int’l Business Etiquette and Manners – http://www.cyborlink.com
This page was put together by the Global Leadership MBA Graduates from the University of Texas at Dallas. Each country page includes an introduction, fun fact, Hofstede analysis and tips on appropriate appearance, behavior and communication. The list of countries covered appears towards the bottom of the page.
Country Etiquette Guides and Doing Business in . . . . http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/country-profiles.html and http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/etiquette/doing-business-in.html
The Kwintessential website contains a great deal of information on intercultural relations. Two sections of particular interest are the country etiquette profiles which contain information on a countries culture, customs and business etiquette. The Doing Business in . . . provides a brief overview of appropriate behavior when conducting business in a country.
Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions – http://www.geert-hofstede.com
This website complements the articles by Hofstede on the 5 cultural dimensions (Power Distance Index, Individualism, Masculinity, Uncertainty Avoidance Index, and Long Term Orientation). It provides the indexes for each dimension and then compares it to the average of other countries in its region.