IBUS 462: Comparative & Cross-Cultural Management: Web Sites

A course guide to resources for students in IBUS 462

Recommended web sites

Following are web sites that support a broad range of research in International Business. If you have questions about any of these resources, please do not hesitate to contact me.

U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets (Background Notes)

Background Notes include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus.

CIA - The World Factbook

 The CIA World Factbook provides general information about specific countries in the world, including sections on geography, demographics, economics, communications, transportation, military and transnational issues.

FITA: Federation of International Trade Associations: Global Trade Portal

FITA, founded in 1984, fosters international trade by strengthening the role of local, regional, national and global associations that have an international mission. FITA provides resources, benefits and services to the international trade community and useful tools to help you do business globally.


GlobalEdge is a web portal providing a significant amount of information about international business, countries around the globe, US States, news, and industries.


NationMaster is a source for generating data about countries of the world. Sources of data include the CIA World Factbook, the UN and the OECD, among others. Country profiles, maps, flags, and statistics are included in this site.

US Diplomatic Missions 

In addition, the US government maintains diplomatic services in countries around the world.  Here is a link to the various US embassies arranged by broad region: http://www.usembassy.gov/  

If you wish to select a specific country from the list displayed, please look for links such as "Trade and Commerce" or "Doing Business with.." or other similar business-related links. 

Similarly, a significant number of countries have diplomatic missions to the US and maintain their own embassies in the USA.  Search for these embassy sites for countries of interest and review them for information about doing business in that country.  

Look for links to ‘commercial services’ or other sections similarly worded.  Here, for example, is the link to the Chinese Embassy in the US/Economic and Commercial Section:


Business Etiquette sites

International Business Etiquette and Manners -- See http://www.cyborlink.com/

You can also search the Internet by searching for business etiquette by country, such as "business etiquete chile" or "business etiquette china"

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