Business: BUSS 3103: International Business Environments

Assignment Help

1. BUSS 3103: International Business Environments

This assessment requires you to complete a case study with two components:

1. A one page memo

2. A final report (international business plan)

You are allowed to complete this assignment in a group of up to 5 students or individually.

image of information icon For full assessment details, please see your course site and course outline.

2. Plan your search

Before you can find information for your assignment, you will need to think about your assignment question(s) and plan your search. Follow the steps below. 

 Determine your keywords/search terms for your topic/question

 Next think of synonyms or alternative words for these keywords

Keywords/search terms Alternative words
Risks dangers, threats, uncertainties, challenges
global expansion growth, trade growth, international expansion, market re-entry, international market, new market
Business international/global business
COVID COVID19, Coronavirus, pandemic

Above are just a few examples. For more information and tips on planning your search:

  Read: How to plan your search (PDF)
  Watch Study Help: Plan Your Search (2:26)

3. Searching for information

The Library Catalogue can be a useful starting point in locating academic references. It is like a search engine which searches across the Library’s collection of print and electronic books, DVDs, journals and theses, together with journal and newspaper articles from numerous databases.

To do a search, try using

  • "double quotes" for phrases
  • truncation* to find the plural and other forms of a word
  • connect using AND, OR and NOT

At the results list you can:

  • Limit to articles from Peer Reviewed publications 
  • Limit by Date eg 2016 to 2021
  • See the full text for many items by selecting the title, then look for the Online link
  • See Library Catalogue Help for additional searching tips.

Business Source Complete provides information covering all areas of business including accounting and finance; banking; finance and insurance; construction; computer science; economics and more. Includes country economic reports as well as detailed company profiles.

This is an example of an Advanced Search using Business Source Complete.

You can limit your search by date range and to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals from the box on the left hand side of the results screen.

Google Scholar Scholar searches only within academic or scholarly sites, rather than over the whole internet like a regular Google Search. For more information on using Google Scholar, have a look at our Searching for your Literature Review Guide.

By accessing Google Scholar from within the library website, you will be able link directly to articles that the Library has access to by clicking on the Full-text at UniSA link.

4. How to find country profiles: Bangladesh, Vietnam, Philippines, and Malaysia

Business Source Complete database is a great place to find country reports and country risk reports. These reports contain information on the political, economic and business environment needed for your analysis. Remember to check the publication date of the report for currency of the data.

  • Enter the name of the country (i.e. Bangladesh or Philippines) in the search box and select GE Geographic Terms from the drop down box. Select search.

  • under Refine Results, select Sources Types > Country Report (select Show More to see the full range of sources)
You can also visit the 'Country Information' tab in the 'Company and Industry Information' guide for a full list of suggested resources.

5. Company and industry information

Have a look at our online guide to finding Company and industry information.

This guide will help you search the web, our databases and the Library catalogue for company and industry information, financial information, annual reports, legislation and regulation, media coverage and information on public/private companies.

6. COVID-19 information

In your assignment you may need to discuss the disruption caused by COVID-19 and how that will affect your recommendation on weather you should or should not enter one of the four countries.

The below video discusses how to find COVID-19 related company and industry information using various library databases.

7. Report Writing and Reflective Writing

Now that you have done your research it is time to put all of your information together.

For more on reflective writing you can also search the library catalogue.

8. Referencing Support

Referencing Roadmap (Harvard)
Need help referencing? Follow the roadmap!

Referencing Roadmap (Harvard)
Help with the Harvard UniSA referencing style. Find in text-citations and reference examples, from different sources such as articles, books & chapters, websites, and more.

Other referencing support tools:

  • Referencing hub
    Information around what is referencing, paraphrasing, referencing rules, referencing styles and Academic Integrity. Also includes a link to the Harvard Referencing Guide UniSA (pdf).
  • Referencing forum
    Discuss referencing, exchange advice and post questions and answers about referencing (facilitated by Student Engagement Unit).

What do you do with all those references you have found?

Use a bibliographic management software to store, organise and cite your references. The Library supports the bibliographic management tool EndNote. There are also many free systems available.