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Management in a Global Society: GBA 523: Industry

Guide to Resources for "Business Case Study"

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is a numerical classification system used to group/classify like companies into industries for the purpose of collecting, analyzing and publishing statistical data related to the business economy. It represents a collaboration between the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States stemming from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It categorizes narrowly defined economic activities, or industries, in a consistent manner among the the three trading partners, although the system does leave room for fine level customization with each country. For more information, see the U.S. Census Bureau e-tutorial on NAICS.

Example of NAICS Classification by Digit Level:

  • Sector: 44 Retail Trade
  • Subsector: 443 Electronics and Appliance Stores
  • Industry Group: 4431 Electronics and Appliance Stores
  • International Industry: 44311 Appliance, Television, and Other Electronics Stores
  • National Industry: 443111 Household Appliance Stores (Countries may designate a six-digit code to recognize large, important industries relevant to the specific country.)

The following websites can be used to identify appropriate NAICS codes:

Company Profiles may also be used to identify the NAICS code(s) for any industries in which a company may operate.