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Multinational Corporations and Foreign Direct InvestmentAvoiding Simplicity, Embracing Complexity$
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Stephen D. Cohen

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179354

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179354.001.0001

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 Defining the Subject

 Defining the Subject

Subtleties and Ambiguities

(p.27) 2 Defining the Subject
Multinational Corporations and Foreign Direct Investment

Stephen D. Cohen

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with the definitions and descriptions — many of which are neither self-evident nor universally understood — that articulate the defining characteristics of FDI and MNCs. First, the structure, governance, and objectives of the basic corporation — the first stage and underlying persona of an MNC — are spelled out. The next section reviews different terms used to refer to what in this book are dubbed MNCs and explains how these terms emanate from different perceptions of the behavior and management of multinational businesses. The final section specifically defines what constitutes an MNC and what constitutes FDI.

Keywords:   transnational corporation, governance, subsidiary, portfolio investment

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