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Revisiting the multinational enterprise in global production networks

Fuller, Crispian and Phelps, Nicholas A. 2018. Revisiting the multinational enterprise in global production networks. Journal of Economic Geography 18 (1) , pp. 139-161. 10.1093/jeg/lbx024

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This paper presents further opportunities to develop the Global Production Network (GPN) approach by re-opening the ‘black box’ of the multinational enterprise (MNE) through a structuration perspective. It emphasises three aspects to a renewed focus on the agency of MNEs, namely: the importance of the variety of relationships within MNEs between parent and subsidiaries; the importance of dynamic capabilities in underpinning corporate change; and, the micro-politics of MNEs and subsidiaries which impact on firm-institutional change within regional economies. The agency exercised by MNEs in these ways influences the ‘selection’ of investment locations, ‘coupling’ processes, and the depth and pace of host territorial institutional change. In conclusion, this paper argues that future research needs to place greater emphasis on the contribution of dynamics internal to the MNE in order to understand evolution in regional economies and GPNs.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
ISSN: 1468-2702
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 July 2017
Date of Acceptance: 12 July 2017
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2020 11:00

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