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Doing Business Abroad @ Pitt

This guide is intended to help Pitt business students learn about the countries they may be traveling to or studying abroad in, as well as provide resources they can use to learn about business topics in those countries.

Company Information

Company information, in the form of profiles, histories, government filings, financial data, analyst reports, and more, can be a great way to learn about specific companies in the country you are studying or visiting. Use the resources below to find some of these sources.

More detailed information on company research at Pitt.

Company Profiles and Histories

 first page of a mergent company profile

There are many places you can find information about a company and its history. Try the following approaches:

  • Company's website
    • Websites often include an "about us" section that sometimes detail their history. Remember, the company will explain its history the way it wants to be seen.
  • Annual report
    • Public companies are required to file an annual report to the U.S. government, known as a 10-K. These reports will often include a section on the company's history. Again, remember this is a self-reported history.
  • Find books/ebooks that contain corporate histories
    • Books about a company often include historical background.
    • Do a keyword search in PittCat+ to find any books in the University Library System which cover your company's history.
  • Search for articles
    • Newspaper, trade/magazine, and scholarly articles that mention or are about specific companies might provide some historical information.

Accompanying image is from a company report in the Mergent Online database.

Although it might take some digging and persistence, searching for articles that refer to your company can prove helpful. Try the below databases, along with Google and Google Scholar.

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Company News

business newspaperFinding up-to date company information and news can be really important when working on research projects, networking, and job hunting. Use the following resources to help.

If you want to look up individual newspapers, try using E-Journals. Use the arrowto view the video full-screen.

Many companies are using social media outlets both to convey their message and to track what customers are saying about them on the web. Social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube can provide insight into your company and the responses of their users.

For example, searching Twitter for your company or product line can yield a bevy of marketing insight and customer commentary.

Many databases offer alert services. Look for any button or link that says alerts or save search or something similar. Most databases will first require you to sign up for a free account. 

For further information about setting up alerts, RSS feeds, and other ways to get up-to-date company news more quickly, refer to the following guide.

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Corporate social responsibility "has been defined by the World Business Council as ‘the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and to contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families, as well as of the local community and society at large’. The intention of companies adopting a socially responsible corporate attitude is to ensure a positive social, environmental, and economic impact on the communities within which they operate and on all other stakeholders."

Typically corporate social responsibility focuses on improving the environmental and social impact an organization has within its community and the world.

View the full Corporate Social Responsibility Guide for additional resources.

Reference:

Corporate social responsibility (CSR). (2003). In Capstone Press, Capstone encyclopedia of business. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Retrieved from http://pitt.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.credoreference.com/content/entry/capstonebus/corporate_social_responsibility_csr/0

Accompanying image is from PNC's CSR site.

Use the following resources to find articles related to CSR.

Search Tip: If "corporate social responsibility" is not coming back with relevant results, try "social responsibility business" or "social responsibility" or even "green," "social issues," or "environmentally friendly."

Find books and ebooks in our collection about CSR using PittCat+.

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