Information sources and search tools for researching accounting, economics, company information, human resources management, industry information, and information about doing business in other countries.
- Centre for Intercultural Learning - Country Insights
Learn about the communication styles, displays of emotion, clothing, rules about punctuality, what level of formality is expected, common stereotypes about and held by, preferred qualities in managers, and how workplace conflict is handled for different countries and regions.
- CIA World Factbook
The CIA World Factbook is put out by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and includes information on geography, culture, economy, military, energy, communications and transportation in all the world's countries.
- CNNMoney - Fortune Global 500
The 500 largest corporations in the world, and the countries they are headquartered in.
From Michigan State University's International Business Center. Information on business activities in different parts of the world.
- HSBC Global Connections
Country guides and "doing business in" fact sheets for US businesses that want to expand internationally. From HSBC Bank.
- International Monetary Fund
Global financial and economic data.
Some content behind a paywall.
- International Monetary Fund - Country Information
Reports on economic issues and risk in different countries.
Compare any two countries on a variety of topics including crime, agriculture, natural disasters, and democratic government.
A database of official statistics from various governments and non-governmental organizations.
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
World macroeconomic and trade data. Click on the Statistics tab.
Some content behind a paywall.
- Population Reference Bureau
Search indicators and create reports related to population, health, and the environment around the world. Different parts of the world have different kinds of information available - it is not consistent. Data sources include the US Census, other national censuses, the UN, and the International Energy Agency.
- U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration - Export.gov - Market Research
Market reports on industries in various countries as well as trade issues in those countries.
Requires free registration.
- U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration - TradeStats Express
Quick import and export data, but not very specific.
- U.S. Department of Energy Energy Information Administration - Country Analysis Briefs
Statistical profiles on oil, gas, and energy issues for different countries and regions.
- U.S. Department of State - A to Z List of Country and Other Area Pages
Bilateral relations fact sheets and sometimes also has links to country background notes.
- U.S. International Trade Commission - Interactive Tariff and Trade DataWeb
Census import and export data going back many years. Usually fairly up to date - for example, January information should be available by March. You need to figure out the code for the product you're looking for.
Statistical databases from the United Nations. You can search by keyword or browse by country. There is also a glossary and a description of each of the datasets.
- World Bank Data
International socioeconomic development data, including t he World Development Indicator (WDI) and the Global Development Finance (GDF.)