Know Your Internet International
Business Resources
Victoria A. Platt
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Know Your Internet International Business Resources
Outline
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Introduction
Methodology
Search Engines
Meta Pages
Subject Specific Sites
Search Strategies
Conclusion
Q&A
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Introduction
International Internet Case Study
Telecommunications industry in 12 countries located in 6 different
regions of the world
Questions to be Answered
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Who can locate the information?
What tools are available?
Where is the best place to start?
When is each tool most efficient?
Why is finding this type of information difficult?
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Methodology
Country Selection Criteria
1.
Must have at least a moderate level of economic and
political stability.
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4.
Maintain positive diplomatic relations with the United
States.
Encourage foreign business development.
Have established telecommunications structure in place.
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Methodology
Countries Chosen
Region
Country
Africa
Egypt, South Africa
America, Central & South
Argentina, Brazil
Asia
Japan, South Korea
Europe, Central & Eastern
Poland, Slovakia
Europe, Western
France, Spain
Middle East
Israel, Saudi Arabia
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Methodology
Information Required for Each Country Searched
Category
1. Basic Country Data
2. Business Opportunities
3. Demographics
4. Fiscal Profile
5. Economy
6. Map of Country
7. Manufacturing
Data Point
Profile, Gross Domestic Product
Summary, Doing Business In
Employment, Population, Wages
Capital Structure, Foreign Investment,
Banking, Taxes
Overview, Bonds-Corporate, BondsGovernment, Exchange Rate
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Methodology
Information Required for Each Country Searched (Cont.)
Category
Data Point
8.
Industries
Overview, Outlook, Comparable Peers
9.
News & Views
Domestic, Economic, Corporate &
Equities, Regional
10. Politics
News, Description of Structure
11. Stock Exchange
Description, Historical Prices
12. Trading Profile
Summary, Imports, Exports
13. Legal Profile
Summary
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What to Watch
Search Method
Software robots search the Internet using two primary methods, keyword, and
concept
Size
Total Size is relevant to insure that the query searches the greatest number of sites
Integrity
The “monetizing” of search engines
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Tool Selection
Search Engine Selection
• Alta Vista
• Google
• Northern Light
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Search Engines
Search
Engine
Web
Address
Search Method
Size
(Millions)
Alta Vista
www.altavista.com
Search Utilities
340
Google
www.google.com
Link Analysis
560
Northern
Light
Natural Language &
www.northernlight.com
Search Utilities
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Search Strategies
Search Engines
• Locate basic country profile
• Identify and locate a chamber of commerce
• Search for an embassy
• Find a national bank site
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Tool Selection
Meta Page Selection
• IBRC
• MSU-CIBER
• VIBES
• WebEc
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Meta Pages
IBRC
The International Business Resource Connection
Center for International Business Education and Research at the University of
Kansas School of Business
http://www.ibrc.bschool.ukans.edu
MSU-CIBER
The Michigan State University Center for International Business Education and
Research
Michigan State University
http://www.ciber.bus.mus.edu/busres.htm
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VIBES
Virtual International Business and Economic Sources
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
http://libweb.uncc.edu/ref-bus/vibehome.htm
WebEc
Manchester Computing, Finland
www.helsinki.fi/WebEc
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Search Strategies
Meta Pages
• Narrow query by region, then country
• Review the index one category at a time
• Utilize an internal search engine
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Subject Specific Sites
The Top Ten List Not Listed in the Conference Proceedings
Name
Site
Description
www.uschamber.org/international
86 American Chambers in
Commerce Abroad
/chambers+abroad
76 countries
Arab World Online
http://www.awo.net
News, articles, and business
American Chambers of
information on 22 countries
Asia Pacific Economic
http://www.apecsec.org.sg
Cooperation
21 countries with reports, indicators,
contact list & related links
Bureau van Dijk
http://www.bydep.com
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European industry & corporate data
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Subject Specific Sites
The Top Ten List Not Listed in the Conference Proceedings (cont.)
Name
Site
CAROL World Company
Annual Reports On-Line
CorporateInformation
Description
Asia, Europe & U.S. annual reports
http://www.carol.co.uk
searched by industry or alphabetical
http://www.corporateinformation.com
Search by industry, country,
or company name
The Embassy Web
http://www.embpage.org/index.html
Contains 50,000 address, phone
numbers & email addresses
EY Passport
http://www.doingbusinessin.com
Country profiles and corporate
tax guide
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Subject Specific Sites
The Top Ten List Not Listed in the Conference Proceedings (cont.)
Name
Site
Description
Global Financial Data
http://www.ntu.edu.sg/
Asian financial contents as well as
& Resources Locators
library/biz/financial/htm
international scope
International Statistical
Agencies
Links to the statistical agencies
http://www.census.gov/main/www/stat_int.html
Mark Bernkopf’s
Banking Center
for dozens of countries
Regional and central
http://patriot.net/~bernkopf
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bank websites
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Search Strategies
Subject-Specific Sites
• Review industry literature and identify sites on
point with region and country
• Begin review by using site map
• Follow with querying internal search engine to site
• When unsuccessful, end with search of
International Trade Administration
(www.ita.doc.gov)
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Conclusions of the Case Study
• As a researcher, be patient, organized, and confident
• Establish parameters before beginning
• Identify restrictions
• Use more than one resource
• Don’t beat a dead horse
• Always look for a governing agency or association
• Use Internet sites in combination
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