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Global Business Etiquette

Globalization has made cross-border business deals more common than ever. But, every day, deals are jeopardized or lost when foreign associates are offended by Americans unaware of other countries' customs, culture or manners, etiquette experts say.

They commit a faux pas (a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners or conduct) while traveling, meeting a foreigner here or communicating on the phone or Internet.  The links in this guide should guide students away from such mistakes.

Doing Business Series from World Bank

  • Doing Business: Measuring Business Regulations  
    The Doing Business project from the World Bank provides objective measures of business regulations for local firms in 183 economies and selected cities at the subnational level. Topics include: starting a business, construction and property, getting credit, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and more.

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For Discussion

Imagine opening a business in a foreign country.  How would this be different than opening a business in the United States?  Support your conclusions with documentation from sources you locate through this research guide.

For More Information

  • EIU Viewswire  Daily country analysis for more than 200 countries including economic, political, and business analysis with downloadable data.
  •  The EIU produces objective and timely analysis and forecasts of the political, economic and business environment in more than 200 countries. Country Reports, Country Profiles and Regional Newsletters.
  • Executive Planet  Information about business culture, customs, protocol, gift-giving, negotiating, business entertainment, and communication. Includes tips for women.
  • The International Business Etiquette Internet Sourcebook A collection of websites that provide information on foreign cultures and customs and guidelines for appropriate etiquette in both general and business situations.