About IBR

Methodology

The Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) is the world's leading mid-market business survey. Launched in 1992 in nine European countries, the report now surveys more than 10,000 senior executives in 35 economies on an annual basis, providing insight into the economic and commercial issues affecting both listed and privately-held businesses.

Data collection

Data collection is managed by Research Now. Questionnaires are translated into local language with each participating country having the option to ask a small number of country specific questions in addition to the core questionnaire. Fieldwork is undertaken on a biannual basis, through both online and telephone interviews. 

Sample

IBR is a survey of mid-market listed and privately held businesses. The definition of the mid-market varies by country; for example a mid-market business in the EU would typically have 50-499 employees; in the United States we interview businesses with annual revenues of USD20m to USD2bn; in China, those with 100-1000 employees. The target respondents are chief executive officers, managing directors, chairpersons or other senior decision-makers.

Participating economies

Region/group

Economies included in IBR

Africa Botswana, Nigeria, South Africa
Asia-Pacific (APAC) Australia, India, Japan, China (mainland), Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
BRIC Brazil, Russia, India, China (mainland)
Developed APAC Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore
Eastern Europe Armenia, Poland, Russia, Turkey
Emerging APAC China (mainland), India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam
European Union (EU) Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
G7 Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, United States
Latin America Argentina, Brazil, Mexico
MINT   Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, Turkey
North America Canada, United States
Southern Europe Greece, Italy, Spain