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MBAA 6100: Managing International Business

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Internet Resources for Country Research

Country Attractiveness as a Market: 

Market Potential Index (MPI) - 2021: The purpose of this study is to rank, with a U.S. focus, the market potential of the largest economies and to provide guidance to the U.S. companies that plan to expand their markets internationally. While the U.S. is not included in the rankings, the insights provided by the index are still applicable to companies located in other international markets.

Step-by-Step Approach to Market Research: Create prosperity by strengthening the international competitiveness of U.S. industry, promoting trade and investment, and ensuring fair trade and compliance with trade laws and agreements.

Get Insight by Country: This is your source for statistical data for nearly every country around the world. In addition to statistics, historical, economic, and political conditions are available; use our Executive Memos for fingertip access to current information and the globalEDGE network to locate members in each country.

The Global Competitiveness Report 2019: The Report presents information and data that were compiled and/or collected by the World Economic Forum (all information and data referred herein as “Data”). Data in this Report is subject to change without notice. The terms country and nation as used in this Report do not in all cases refer to a territorial entity that is a state as understood by international law and practice. 

Country-related cost-efficiency in establishing and operating a business enterprise:

Business Enabling Environment (BEE): Doing Business Legacy: Launched in 2002, the Doing Business project provided objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement. The project looked at domestic small and medium-size companies and measured the rules affecting them throughout their lifecycles. 

Competitive Alternatives: KPMG's guide to international business locations costs (2016): In most industries today, companies have to operate internationally to stay successful and grow. The need to enter new markets, serve major customers, or reduce costs and risks are just some of the reasons why businesses decide to establish a presence overseas. KPMG International’s Global Location and Expansion Services (GLES) group was formed to assist clients in the location and establishment of operations around the world.

Country business Infrastructure by country:

The World Factbook: Explore All Countries: The World Factbook presents the basic realities about the world in which we live in and is one of the U.S. Government’s most accessed publications.

Industry profiles/dynamics:

Get Insight by Industry: This is your source for international business-related resources, statistics, risk assessments, and events for 20 distinct industry sectors. You will find a wealth of information for each industry.

Intensity of competition: 

Country Commercial Guide: Reports on market conditions, opportunities, regulations, and business customs prepared at U.S. Embassies worldwide by Commerce Department , State Department and other U.S. agencies' professionals. 

  • If there is no information available in the CCG for your specifically assigned industry please use the closest available.
  • Euromonitor (a.k.a. GMID, Passport), Business Source Complete in LMU Library. If there is no information available on your industry, please use the closest available report. Business Library Guide

Investment climate: 

U.S. Department of State: 2019 Investment Climate Statement: The U.S. Department of State’s Investment Climate Statements provide country-specific information on the business climates of more than 170 countries and are prepared by economic officers stationed in embassies and posts around the world. They analyze a variety of economies that are or could be markets for U.S. businesses of all sizes.

Country Commercial Guide: Reports on market conditions, opportunities, regulations, and business customs prepared at U.S. Embassies worldwide by Commerce Department, State Department and other U.S. agencies' professionals. 

Strategic risk assessment: 

Credo: Country Risk and Insight: get an immediate risk assessment for any country or continent. Monitor the important risk parameters at a glance. Dive into relevant alerts, risk analyses and background stories.

Coface for Trade: Economic Studies: Information on Economic studies, Country risk assessment, sector risk assessment. 

Country Risk Information: AM Best defines country risk (read the criteria procedure) as the risk that country-specific factors could adversely affect an insurer's ability to meet its financial obligations. For purposes of this criteria procedure, “country” may also include territories, special administrative regions, free associations, crown dependencies, constituent countries, etc. Country risk is evaluated and factored into all AM Best ratings. As part of evaluating country risk, AM Best identifies the various factors within a country that may directly or indirectly affect an insurance company.

Credit: Professor Bielek