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Multinational Corporation

A corporation that maintains assets and/or operations in more than one country. A multinational corporation often has a long supply chain that may, for example, require the acquisition of raw materials in one country, a product's manufacture in a second country, and its retail sale in a third country. A multinational often globally manages its operations from a main office in its home country. Multinational corporations are controversial among groups such as environmentalists and worker advocates, who claim that multinationals exploit resources and employees. On the other hand, proponents argue that multinationals create wealth in every country where they operate, which ultimately benefits workers as well as shareholders.


Of, relating to, or being a company with subsidiaries or other operations in a number of countries. The diversity of operations of such companies subjects them to unique risks (for example, exchange rate changes or government nationalization) but at the same time offers them unique profit opportunities closed to domestic companies.
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Increasingly, trade policy and the effects of multinationalism are not partisan issues.
Confronting multinationalism with political institutions such as multipartyism and constitutionally enshrined minority rights can advance liberal democratic ideals.
43] Proportionate representation would establish multinationalism as the norm and place coalition partners in a situation where cooperative decision making is required for success.
The successive creation of FTAs in the 1990s, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, has ushered in the coexistence of multinationalism and regionalism, the powerful business lobby said in a report.
In assessing commitment to multinationalism, the UN also provides an important benchmark.
and risk managers must be able to bridge cultural gaps" as global business continues to expand and new risks of multinationalism emerge, especially with old barriers tumbling down in areas such as the former Soviet Union, where market economies are struggling but nonetheless stumbling forward.
Under the pressures of deregulated capitalism and multinationalism, multiculturalism and immigration, an attempt to write seriously in and of New York could only result in something different from predecessor poems.
Sanchez counters with affecting portrayals of lost indigenous souls in the worlds of academe, commerce, and multinationalism.
Travlos, "The Effect of Corporate Multinationalism on Shareholders' Wealth: Evidence from International Acquisitions," Journal of Finance, December 1988, 1161-1175.
When drastic marketplace changes (global trade, multinationalism, technological change, oil embargoes) induced an economic national crisis, neither management nor labor could address it.
A third and especially striking example of the multinationalism of the interwar period is that of Mina Loy.
In many ways Tardivat is an interesting mix of multinationalism as it is at the same time both French and African in origins and outlook.

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