The Multinational Enterprise as an Organization

D. Eleanor Westney and Srilata Zaheer

in Oxford Handbook of International Business

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780199241828
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596834 | DOI:
The Multinational Enterprise as an Organization

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Changing models of multinational enterprise (MNE) organization over the last three decades of the twentieth century are surveyed and their theoretical underpinnings examined. The potential of these theories for understanding the future evolution of organizations in international business is assessed. An appendix gives details of the basic models of formal MNE structure identified in the 1960s and 1970s, which are still relevant.

Keywords: change; international business; models; multinational enterprises; organization; structure

Chapter.  11062 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Economics

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