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Business Research Toolkit: International Business Research

The Sterne Library's award winning Business Research Toolkit Program is offered each Fall and Spring semester. The hands-on program introduces participants to business resources and research strategies.

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Types of International Information

International business research is a broad term.  It could include everything from researching foreign companies (or domestic companies doing business abroad) and foreign industries to business statistics and demographics about other countries and their people.  

Here are just a few broad areas of international business research and types of information that would fall within each. 

Helpful Terms

Economic Indicators: Pieces of economic data, usually of macroeconomic scale, that are used by investors to interpret current or future investment possibilities and judge the overall health of an economy. GDP, Consumer Price Index (CPI), and unemployment numbers are examples of economic indicators.

Gross Domestic Product: The monetary value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country's borders in a specific time period, though GDP is usually calculated on an annual basis.

Social Indicators: Social indicators are numerical measures that describe the well-being of individuals or communities. They are used to describe and evaluate community well-being in terms of social, economic and psychological welfare.

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