Resources

International Business Online Resources

ARTICLES/NEWS/ORGANIZATIONS

Resource Description Website
Academy of International Business The Academy of International Business (AIB) is the leading association of scholars and specialists in the field of international business. http://aib.msu.edu/
Atlas of Global Development   The Atlas of Global Development is a comprehensive guide to the most critical issues facing our world today. The Atlas provides a visual guide to global challenges with easy-to-read maps, tables, graphs and photographs on every topic http://www.worldbank.org/
BBC News  Headline stories on world issues and country and topical information http://www.bbc.com/news/
Free Trade Agreements Learn about US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Partner countries and FTA impacts by state. http://trade.gov/fta/
International Chamber of Commerce This site features a comprehensive listing of business topics, publications, current news listings, business policies, and more. ICC activities cover a broad spectrum, from arbitration and dispute resolution to making the case for open trade and the market economy system, business self-regulation, fighting corruption, or combating commercial crime. http://www.iccwbo.org/
International Trade Administration The International Trade Administration (ITA) strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements. http://trade.gov
U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Compliance Center The fully searchable database contains the texts of approximately 270 bilateral, regional, and multilateral trade and trade-related agreements, along with detailed market access information for more than 90 major U.S. markets. http://tcc.export.gov
World Economic Forum   The World Economic Forum publishes a comprehensive series of reports which examine in detail the broad range of global issues it seeks to address with stakeholders as part of its mission of improving the state of the world. Besides reports on its key events and standalone publications such as the Global Competitiveness Report, the Global Risks Report and the Global Gender Gap Report, the Forum produces landmark titles covering the environment, education, individual industries and technologies. http://www.weforum.org/
World Trade Organization  The World Trade Organization (WTO) is a global international organization focusing on the rules of trade between nations. This site includes information on the latest news and developments on trade from around the world. Trade conferences, publications, calendar of events, and data analysis are provided. A useful trade topics section of the website provides information about a series of issues such as anti-dumping, customs valuation, textiles, tariffs, and more. http://www.wto.org/
U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce This arm of department of commerce helps U.S. companies find international business partners. http://buyusa.gov

   

COUNTRY SPECIFIC

Resource Description Website
Asia Regional Integration Center The Asia Regional Integration Center (ARIC) was established by the Asian Development Bank to improve regional cooperation and integration. This website provides in-depth statistics, databases, resources, graphs, information, and reports regarding the economic and social performance of Asian nations. http://aric.adb.org/index.php
Austrade A government sponsored site, Austrade provides export and investment services to Australian companies. The country and industry resources on their website might also be of interest to IB researchers http://www.austrade.gov.au/Export
Country Commercial Guides Country Commercial Guides from 2002 – presentProvides market reports and market research regarding countries and numerous industries. http://www.buyusainfo.net/adsearch.cfm?search_type=int&loadnav=no
Country Fact Sheets These Country Fact Sheets contain the most relevant indicators about FDI in a country. Each sheet contains the most recent data on FDI flows and stocks, mergers and acquisitions, largest TNCs and regulatory changes. http://unctad.org/en/Pages/DIAE/World%20Investment%20Report/Country-Fact-Sheets.aspx
Country Insights Your source for statistical data for nearly every country around the world. In addition to statistics, historical, economic, and political conditions are available http://globaledge.msu.edu/global-insights/by/country
The World Factbook     The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

 

BUSINESS/ETIQUETTE

Resource Description Website
AskNumbers The site contains multiple converters in an easy to use format. Measurement conversion charts and converters for metric, imperial and U.S. customary systems. Includes from everyday use to scientific calculators, thousands of units, definitions, abbreviations and formulas. www.asknumbers.com
Country Code CountryCode.org is your complete guide to call anywhere in the world. The calling chart below will help you find the dialing codes you need to make long distance phone calls to friends, family, and business partners around the globe. www.countrycode.org/
Country Profiles  Global Guide to Culture, Customs, and Etiquette. Topics include language, useful phrases, the society, culture, business and social etiquettes. http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/country-profiles.html
Currency Converter Calculate live currency and foreign exchange rates with this free currency converter. http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/
California Center for International Trade Development   Provides a full range of trade assistance services to companies and individuals in the state of California. All services are either free or low cost. Free or low-cost programs and services include one-on-one technical assistance and consulting, market research, training and educational programs, trade leads and special events. www.citd.org
The World Bank, Doing Business Ranking (DBR) The Doing Business project provides objective measures of business regulations for local firms in 189 economies and selected cities at the sub-national level http://doingbusiness.org/
Executive Planet  Executive Planet™ provides valuable tips on business etiquette, customs and protocol for doing business worldwide. www.executiveplanet.com
Export U2 Export-U2.com is a free export training website by the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Atlanta, and the University of Georgia SBDC. This new site offers a series of practical and free webinars designed to help people cultivate export sales. The simple how-to format lets users control the pace and sequence of learning, to access and download supporting materials, and to communicate with the instructor. The sessions are pre-recorded and available 24/7. http://www.export-u2.com/
GlobalEdge GlobalEDGE™ is a knowledge web-portal that connects international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities. http://globaledge.msu.edu/
Intercultural Management Guide Guides to intercultural management are arranged on a country-by-country basis. Each guide offers some valuable advice and tips of being a manager in that particular country. The guides look at a range of topics including management styles, business management, project management, time management and management skills. http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/intercultural/management/guide.html
Time and Date Time & Date features a World Clock with current times that can be sorted by City, Country, or Time. The website also has time zone maps, a meeting planner for those arranging meetings across different time zones, as well as local weather information. http://www.timeanddate.com/
Time Zone Find out the time anywhere in the world with the Time Zone Converter http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/
U.S. Department of State Offers a variety of information, including business support, international policy and travel information. Backgrounds Notes This link provides information on a country’s culture/history, political/economy/country risk, travel/business contacts. www.state.gov

 

STATISTICAL DATA

Resource Description Website
International Financial Statistics International Financial Statistics presents statistics on exchange rates, money and banking, production, government finance, interest rates, and other subjects. www.imf.org
NationMaster  NationMaster is a statistical website that aims to facilitate comparison of publicly available data on all countries of the world. Self-described as “a massive central data source,” the developers bring together information found in a wide range of documents, including the Central Intelligence Agency World Fact Book and various United Nations reports and surveys. www.nationmaster.com
Statistics New Zealand  National statistical office and a government department of New Zealand. http://www.stats.govt.nz/
Statistical Yearbook  Published by the United Nations, This yearbook is one of the most complete statistical reference books available. It provides international trade information on products, including information on importing countries. Contains data on more than 550 commodities for more than 200 countries and territories on economic and social subjects, including population, agriculture, manufacturing, commodity, export-import trade, and many other areas. http://unstats.un.org/unsd/syb/
Trade Stats Express  Contains comprehensive data on Exports and Imports from and to U.S states to nations and economic organizations. Also includes state by state exports to countries and economic organizations.  http://tse.export.gov/TSE/TSEhome.aspx
Trade Map Trade Map provides – in the form of tables, graphs and maps – indicators on export performance, international demand, alternative markets and competitive markets, as well as a directory of importing and exporting companies. Trade Map covers 220 countries and territories and 5300 products of the Harmonized System. The monthly, quarterly and yearly trade flows are available from the most aggregated level to the tariff line level. http://www.trademap.org/
U.S. Census Bureau Published statistics that indicate product exports to various countries proved a reliable indicator of where U.S. exports are currently being shipped. Demographic data can help exporters identify potential markets for their products. Information on each country- total population, fertility and mortality rates; urban population; growth rate; and life expectancy- is updated every two years.Schedule B for export HS Codes and U.S. trade statistics. http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/data/index.html
WorldMapper WorldMapper provides a unique graphical representation of global data spanning everything from trade to health statistics. The maps are generated to show the extent of each measure by color and size, giving an understandable overall picture of how the factor affects each part of the world http://www.worldmapper.org/

  

TRADE ASSOCIATIONS

Resource Description Website
Asian Trade Promotion Forum (ATFP) The Asian Trade Promotion Forum (ATPF) is comprised of 24 countries in Asia whose goal is to enhance trade through information exchange, implementation of projects, and the strengthening trade networks within member countries. The organization’s official web site includes a fair trade search and business matching website, as well as information on their member countries. http://www.atpf.org/
Export Development Canada Export Development Canada provides Canadian exporters with financing, insurance and bonding services, as well as trade and market expertise. http://www.edc.ca/EN/Pages/default.aspx
Federation of International Trade Association (FITA)    Extensive searchable database of international trade web resources annotated and indexed. Main categories: Entering International Markets, International Finance, Transportation and Logistics, Codes, Standards and Conversion, Government and Multi-lateral Organizations, Legal Resources for International Business, Trade and Economic Statistics, Trade Issues, Language and Translation, Business Travel Guide, Regional Resources and Multi-lateral Trading Areas, International Trade Associations (incl. Chambers of Commerce), Business Publications. www.fita.org
International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association   LIMA – the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association – is the leading trade organization for the global licensing industry.  LIMA’s mission is to foster the growth and expansion of licensing around the world, raise the level of professionalism for licensing practitioners, and create greater awareness of the benefits of licensing to the business community at large. http://www.licensing.org/about/
Textile and Apparel Database This database provides information on overseas markets and the rules and regulations affecting U.S. exports. www.otexa.ita.doc.gov
UK Trade Info   HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Trade Statistics unit publishes and hosts UK trade statistics data. https://www.uktradeinfo.com/Pages/Home.aspx
United States Government Export Portal The U.S. Government’s export portal, main online resource for exporting U.S. clients. For market research, trade events, trade leads, and information on how to export. www.export.gov

 

BLOGS

Resource Description Website
The Global Small Business Blog This blog was founded in 2004 to help entrepreneurs and small business go global. http://borderbuster.blogspot.com
Global Reach Global Reach is the official blog of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division. http://globalreach.blogs.census.gov

 

WOMEN IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Resource Description Website
Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global (WEGG) Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global (WEGG) has one mission: Bringing global opportunity to women-owned businesses worldwide. http://womenentrepreneursgrowglobal.org/

 

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