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BBC World Country Profiles
Find background information and current news on individual countries and regions. Site is provided by the BBC, the British Broadcasting Corporation.
The CIA World Factbook
Published by the U. S. Central Intelligence Agency, the World Factbook contains country profiles with economic, social, and political information, arranged by country or location. Included are maps and cultural information for international business.
World Bank Country Profiles
Select the “Countries” tab to browse by region or choose a country. Available from this World Bank site are development reports, global economics and trade data, country and regional information, current research projects, and information on international development loans and activities.
International Monetary Fund
An organization of 188 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world. Provides reports and publications by country.
United Nations Country Data Services
Statistical profiles of countries compiled by the United Nations; with economic, social and environmental indicators
Doing Business In...Country Commerical Guides
Learn about market conditions, purchasing power, consumer trends, distribution channels, navigating entry constraints, best sectors, key contacts, and more from Export.gov.
OECD: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Browse by country to locate full country profiles for the 34 OECD member countries (or news for non-member countries). An OECD country profile is subdivided by: Find (most popular), Display all (by topic or date), Statistics, Books, and What's New. While some publications require a subscription or online purchase, substantial material is freely available from this site.
Resources from Educational Institutions
Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge (Leadership and Management)
Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge site includes a number of business topic sections including Leadership and Management. Articles for practitioners are highlighted; working papers and podcasts are available. Searches can be made by topic or by industry. The “First Look” section gives readers a weekly post summarizing new case studies, working papers and other publications.
Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, provides articles free for 30 days, additional reading suggestions based on the selected article, podcasts with edited print transcripts, links to additional resources and free membership registration that enables receipt of the newsletter.