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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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Most companies are nationally based and trade multinationally on the strength of a major national location of production and sales.
Were multinationally oriented firms trying to create an inherent bargaining advantage for themselves?
Moravcsik, is rather provocative as it examines the failure of the prospect that an entire European generation of the weapons most essential to a modern military force would be developed multinationally.
The long-range hope is that the overseas performance will in itself become so multinationally important that it becomes essential to adequate top-level tasks.
This ratio signifies the relative importance of the industry to foreign firms that want to expand multinationally, and it, therefore, captures the intensity of foreign takeover activity in the respective industry.
The problem began with massive capital flows out of the United States to the war-devastated economies of Western Europe as a result of Marshall Plan aid and foreign investment by new multinationally oriented American corporations.
In the war on terror, which is characterized by the enemy's use of asymmetric tactics, it is paramount to have credible forces capable of fighting jointly and multinationally to deter aggression, respond to crises, and, above all, win.
Since enterprises operate multinationally on the basis of considerations of particular firm-specific advantage, the responses may vary.

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