Item description for Multinational Corporations in Political Environments: Ethics, Values and Strategies by Usha C. V. Haley...
Multinational Corporations in Political Environments advances and tests a theory of why foreign corporations leave host states. Theories of international business have often ignored the complexity of corporate decisions about leaving foreign countries, generally assuming that the economic and competitive reasons that prompt multinational corporations to enter host states also explain their subsequent reasons for leaving. Alternatively, this book proposes a theory of how different stakeholders' values and ethics shape multinationals' strategic leaving behaviors. Tested in South Africa when US multinationals were facing diverse pressures from stockholders, governments and consumers to leave, the research provides a prism to isolate how different stakeholders' actions influenced multinationals' behaviors. Detailed analyses of subsidiary-level archival data over a period of four crucial years revealed that the multinationals engaged in diverse forms of leaving reflecting their involvements, strategies and stakeholders' influences. The research, the first to test which stakeholders' strategies, including boycotts and sanctions, influenced multinationals and which did not, and to identify their effects on multinationals' behaviors, has enormous implications for policy makers, managers and social activists. The book also applies the findings and explores implications for recent stakeholders' attempts at influencing multinationals and governments, such as Nike in Asia and the Burmese government, through sanctions, resolutions and boycotts.
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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.94" Weight: 1.18 lbs.
Publisher World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN 9810244274 ISBN13 9789810244279
Reviews - What do customers think about Multinational Corporations in Political Environments: Ethics, Values and Strategies?
Counterintitive and convincing Nov 23, 2002
This book is solidly grounded in theoretical and analytical rationales. Yet, it presents a counterintuitive conclusion: Sanctions and boycotts do not work. We may have wasted our time pressuring multinationals that operated in South Africa, and now in Burma, Iraq and Israel. A must read to understand the dynamics of global power and how multinationals stave off controls.
Scholarly look at why multinational corps leave Nov 1, 2002
This book takes an academic view of the theory behind multunational corporations.
Strengths: It skilfully questions some of the basic assumptions behind the modern theory of the multinational -- as the author illustrates these assumptions permeate all our other global theories but do not have predictive validity. It also tackles a very important social issue, whether our methods to influence multinational corporations work. Did they work in South Africa? The author very convincingly proves that they did not.
Weaknesses: Some of the weaknesses are inescapable in a scholarly work. The detailed quantitative analysis and data may be skipped (as the author indicates) by policy-makers. However, a large chapter deals with this issue. Also, although the author extends her theory of multinational corporations as chameleons from South Africa to other hotspots such as Myanmar (Burma) and Nike, I would have liked her to tackle some social questions: such as whether our pressuring multinational corporations to leave South Africa extended white economic domination in the country. This question and others of its ilk are probably politically incorrect, or beyond the book's already large scope, and the author skirts them. Consquently, this book leaves you thinking -- and that may be what a good book should do.
All in all a very comprehensive, systematic and courageous look at the assumptions, theories and institutions that shape global society.
Good addition to review of multinationals Oct 24, 2002
The scholarly literature on multinational corporations is very weak when it comes to explaining why multinationals leave. This is the focus of this book. After one of the best reviews EVER on research regarding the multinational corporation, the author presents a very detailed study on why they left South Africa. The implications for this study extend to anyone who wants to know why multinationals leave -- or anyone who wants to influence whether they stay or leave! Excellent and highly recommended
Extraordinary study on sanctions Oct 6, 2002
This book uses a crafeully built theoretical framework to show why US sanctions did not work in South Africa and are unlikely to work any where else. An important piece of research!
Comprehensive review of multinational corporations Feb 2, 2002
Probably the best review of multinational corporations, why they enter and leave host states on the market today. A must read for anyone either doing research on multinationals or interested in the effects of globalization.