Subject Research Guides
International Management and Culture Research Guide
When to Use This Guide
Use this guide when you are researching the socio-cultural aspects of international management and how cultural differences can affect workplace behaviors, for example, in value systems or approaches to teamwork.
Finding General or Background Information on International Management
Look for background information in sources dealing with cultural issues or describing a particular region or country. It is not necessary to start your research with a focus on management. Consider searching for differences in interpersonal relations, communication patterns, or value systems that pervade all areas of life and are reflected in the workplace. The following titles may be useful.
- Human Values and Beliefs - R HM 73 .I544 1998 - contains statistical tables of political, religious, sexual, and economic norms in 43 societies.
- Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life - R GN 333 .W67 1998 vol. 1-4
- Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture - R F 1406 .E53 1996
- When Cultures Collide: Managing Successfully Across Cultures - HD 62.4 .L49 1996 (2000 edition available as an electronic book)
- The Blackwell Encyclopedic Dictionary of International Management - R HD 30.15 .B456 1997 (1999 edition available as an electronic book)
- Countries and Their Cultures - [electronic resource]
Subject Headings for Finding Information on International Management in the Book and Media Catalog
- International business enterprises management
- Negotiation in business
- Corporate culture
- Business etiquette
- Diversity in the workplace management
- National characteristics
- Intercultural communication
- Cross-cultural studies
Finding Articles About International Management in Research Databases
Search Business Source Complete for articles published in scholarly, popular, and general interest periodicals.
Contains a large collection of scholarly business journals with numerous articles on international management.
Country Reviews include basic socio-cultural data as well as economic information for 192 countries. Select a country from the drop-down menu, then look for "Social Overview."
NTDB Global Trade Directory
Worldwide directory of companies that sell consumer products or component parts internationally. Searchable by geographic region, company name, product or service category, and specific product or service (cinnamon oil, mechanical pencil parts, medical transcription services, etc.). Use the International Trade Library for reports about regions and countries.
Selected Web Sites
An interactive map tool that provides information on economic health indicators, such as the ease of starting a business, in countries around the world.
Provides reports on doing dusiness in 183 countries, including local regulations, level of corruption, and economic stability. From the World Bank and the International Finance Corp.
Links to several good sources of country, cultural, and business etiquette information.
– Country Insights
Created by the Center for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University, globalEDGE is a portal for international business professionals, providing links to information and learning resources on global business activities.
OECD’s (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) internationally applicable benchmark for good corporate governance.
Transparency International is the leading global non-governmental organization devoted to combating corruption worldwide. Look for survey results in "Policy and research," and for guides and handbooks on topics like countering bribery or integrity in public contracting in "Tools."
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