Multinational Corporations and Foreign Direct Investment: Avoiding Simplicity, Embracing Complexity

Paperback | February 17, 2007

byStephen D. Cohen

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Foreign direct investment (FDI) and multinational corporations (MNCs)--for better and worse--play a large and growing role in shaping our world. The integrating thesis of this book is the inevitability of heterogeneity in FDI and MNCs and, accordingly, the imperative of disaggregation. Largecompanies doing business on a global basis increasingly dominate the production and marketing of the world's goods and services. The importance of these companies continues to grow while the debate about their nature and effects remains mired in a long-standing stalemate couched in strong black andwhite terms. Stephen D. Cohen seeks to reconcile this impasse by analyzing multinational corporations and foreign direct investment in an eclectic, nuanced manner. The core thesis is that an accurate understanding of the nature and impact of these phenomena comes from acknowledging the dominance ofheterogeneity, perceptions, and ambiguity and the paucity of universal truths. This approach should contribute significantly to both a better academic understanding and a more productive policy debate of an increasingly important element of the world economy.

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Foreign direct investment (FDI) and multinational corporations (MNCs)--for better and worse--play a large and growing role in shaping our world. The integrating thesis of this book is the inevitability of heterogeneity in FDI and MNCs and, accordingly, the imperative of disaggregation. Largecompanies doing business on a global basis in...

Stephen D. Cohen is a Professor in the School of International Service at American University specializing in international economic relations.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.71 inPublished:February 17, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195179366

ISBN - 13:9780195179361

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"Stressing the complexity, diversity and heterogeneity of FDI-related issues, this book carries a simple, but most appropriate message: Qualify and disaggregate, don't generalize! Those in the pro and con camps get another chance to check their priors. Those between the frontlines will findsufficient reason to remain where they are. And newcomers in the field will benefit from the balanced account of what we (don't) know about FDI to decide where in the vast middle ground to position themselves."--Peter Nunnenkamp, The Kiel Institute for the World Economy