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"The Evolution of Internationalization Patterns: The Case of U.S. Multinationals (1980-2001)"

Ricardo G. Flores and Ruth V. Aguilera

 

First Author :

Ricardo G. Flores
Business Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1206 South Sixth Street
M/C 706
Champaign, IL 61820
USA

(217) 244-7906
(217) 244-7969 (Fax)

rgflores@uiuc.edu


Second Author :

Ruth V. Aguilera
Business Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1206 South Sixth Street
M/C 706
Champaign, IL 61820
USA

(217) 333-7090
(217) 244-7969 (Fax)

ruth-agu@uiuc.edu

http://www.business.uiuc.edu/faculty/aguilera.html

 
 
Abstract :
 
Multinational corporations, especially those with headquarters in the U.S., are often singled out as the flagship of globalization. Empirical research on the internationalization trends of U.S. MNCs’ subsidiaries shows mixed findings regarding the rationale for the choice of foreign location. In this paper, we bring together contrasting perspectives on patterns of internationalization by analyzing whether the location choice of U.S. MNCs has significantly changed over the last two decades (1980-2001) as well as the rationale for the choice of location. We draw on economic-driven arguments and cultural-driven arguments to explain the choice of foreign location, which allows us to suggest that the OLI and Uppsala hypotheses are complementary. Our analysis can be expanded to other countries and it contributes to debates on globalization.
 
 
Keywords :
 
Foreign Operations, Globalization, International Business, Multinational Corporations, Semiglobalization
 
 
Footnotes & Acknowledgements :
 
* Ciber Working Paper ** Work-in-progress. Comments Welcome. Do not cite or distribute without permission from the authors
 
 
Manuscript Received : 2005
Manuscript Published : 2005
 
 
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