This phase is designed to help you research and plan the beginning stages of a global enterprise or product expansion. Each section in this guide contains a research component or goal that will help you build your Global Business Plan for MBA 541. Resources to accomplish these goals are recommended. The guided "Pro-tips" will help you navigate some of the highlighted databases and websites.
As always, if you have any questions about the content in this guide, please ask a librarian. For more information about this project, please refer to your online course. Please direct any questions about assignment expectations or requirements directly to your instructor.
Identify domestic and international companies involved in similar business global business activities
Your company’s competitors should be included in the industry and company reports you gathered during Phase One. Return to those reports to find a list. You can then research those companies further using some of the same techniques.
Examine geographic and economic factors that affect the business environment of a nation
Mergent Online carries Dunn & Bradstreet Country RiskLine Reports, which are great for exploring a number of risks and can be applied to the next three sections of Phase One. To find these reports, click on the “Country Insights” tab, browse for your country, and select the most recent report.
In Statista, you'll want to specifically look for country reports. Statista country reports can be found linked under the "Reports" drop-down menu
Transportation information is a great place to get a sense of the geographic and environmental limitations in a given area.
Research social institutions, customs, traditions, and beliefs influencing business
Research the influence of local government and regulations on business activities
While researching legal topics, keep an eye out for the following keywords: employee and labor laws, tax codes, trade and customs, tariffs, licensing and permits, antitrust laws, standards and regulations.
The World Bank Group’s “Economy Snapshots” are great for exploring legal topics in your chosen country. However, when using this resource, don’t forget to download the full economy report. The full report will provide additional context and help you interpret the data. Additionally, you can also try generating a custom report using their Law Library.
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