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MBA570 - Global Sustainable Business

Data and resources for researching business topics in a foreign country.

Country Profiles

The following library databases are rich sources for country profiles. A country profile may include topics such as history, culture, politics, economy, risk, the investment environment and a PESTLE or SWOT analysis.

Data & Statistics

Fill in gaps from country reports with data and statistics from official and reputable sources.

Searching the web

Beyond the library there are numerous websites which may provide additional information.

Quality sources are often buried, use targeted Google searches and look out for content from governments (trade and statistical agencies), international organizations, regulatory agencies, trade associations, professional research/consulting firms etc.

Evaluating sources

With any resource, be sure to approach it with a critical eye and consider:

  • Authority – Who is the author? Do they have valid credentials? Look at the first few pages of the source to see who the author is and with which institution they are affiliated.
  • Purpose – Who is the intended audience? What is the intended purpose of the publication?  To sway opinion?  To report out on a study they did? Does the purpose of the resource suit your research?
  • Content – How well does the resource address your topic? If it only partially addresses your topic, you may need to find additional resources.
  • Currency – When was the work published? Look at the year when the item was published. Sometimes older material is too out of date.
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