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BA 3900: Business in the Global Arena: Recommended Public Websites

The guide serves as a class web page for BA 3900 as well as a research guide for international business research.

Recommended Public Websites

101 Survival Phrases to Master in Any Foreign Language 

To help you start learning a new language for your next trip, I’ve put together a list of 101 basic phrases you should learn in any foreign language. Spend a little time with these, and your travels will open up like you never thought possible!


   Executive Planet: This link shows countries covered.   Click here for a screen shot showing the kinds of information available in reports. (Use the top tool bar and the full size icon to make the image bigger. Use the scroll bar to see more of the screen.) Cultural/social do's and don't for the business traveler  -- negotiating styles, making appointments, and much more -- give the business traveller a feel for how to fit in and be effective. Click here to see a screenshot with an excerpt about negotiating do's and don'ts in Japan. 


GlobalEDGE: Portal to information and statistics for world cities, countries, states, and industry profiles. Enter country name into the search box at the upper right of the screen. Click here for a link to a country report for Ghana or here for a link to a country report for Morocco. 

Trading Safely: (Online version of Handbook of Country Risk)
ü Rates country and sectoral risk. 

ü Presents a country rating, 6 years of major macro-economic indicators, and a paragraph of text explaining the most important facts supporting the country's risk rating.  

Country Profiles from U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office: Advice about traveling and living overseas as well as doing business and trading in countries.

Country Profiles (Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress):  Formerly Army Area Handbooks. Clearly shows last time updated.  
    Doing Business (World Bank):  Gives objective measures of business regulations and enforcement regarding over 200 economies and selected cities.

Check out right sidebar links such as Business Environment Snapshots. Click here to see a screenshot with a multi-year comparison of various business environment indicators for Nigeria. Links within the Business Environment Snapshots screen lead to various other sites.  . Hint: Only World Bank links give detailed information without charge.

CIA World Factbook: (Once at the CIA's homepage, you'll have to click the link on the right side of the page for the World Factbook.) Click here to see a detailed list of government officials that is a feature of each country report.  
Background Notes (U.S. Department of Labor): Compiled by the State Department's Under Secretary of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, this source covers the geography, history, people, government, politics, economy, and foreign relations of many countries.


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