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Are multinational enterprises in retreat?

Are multinational enterprises in retreat? PurposeThis paper aims to contribute to the debate concerning the asserted end of the globalization process.Design/methodology/approachThis paper is a description of the evolution of all Swedish MNEs, the 50 largest companies and the ten truly global MNEs, building on data compiled by the authors, mainly from annual reports.FindingsThe largest Swedish MNEs have continued to globalize and have at the same time improved their financial performance during the period of study, 2010-2016.Practical implicationsThe proposition that multinationals are heading home cannot be confirmed in the Swedish case. There is therefore a need to compare Swedish experiences with other national examples to better generalize the findings.Social implicationsThe political decisions regarding external trade and foreign direct investment should support continuous liberalization and facilitation of cross-border economic interaction.Originality/valueAs Swedish MNEs are more globalized than the average in advanced economies, this study offers insight into the contemporary internationalization process. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Multinational Business Review Emerald Publishing

Are multinational enterprises in retreat?

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1525-383X
DOI
10.1108/MBR-04-2018-0031
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PurposeThis paper aims to contribute to the debate concerning the asserted end of the globalization process.Design/methodology/approachThis paper is a description of the evolution of all Swedish MNEs, the 50 largest companies and the ten truly global MNEs, building on data compiled by the authors, mainly from annual reports.FindingsThe largest Swedish MNEs have continued to globalize and have at the same time improved their financial performance during the period of study, 2010-2016.Practical implicationsThe proposition that multinationals are heading home cannot be confirmed in the Swedish case. There is therefore a need to compare Swedish experiences with other national examples to better generalize the findings.Social implicationsThe political decisions regarding external trade and foreign direct investment should support continuous liberalization and facilitation of cross-border economic interaction.Originality/valueAs Swedish MNEs are more globalized than the average in advanced economies, this study offers insight into the contemporary internationalization process.

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Multinational Business ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 16, 2018

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