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Footloose Multinationals: European Perspective

Gokh, Irina (2018) Footloose Multinationals: European Perspective. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:66672)

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The literature does not always make a distinction between the different types of MNE activities, such as investment and relocation, which creates a theoretical gap regarding our understanding of the motivation that underlines an MNE's behaviour. In simple terms, investment can be initial or relocation (investment). In the case of initial investment, an MNE is investing for the first time; however, in the case of relocation, an MNE has to divest an existing operation and relocate it to another region, i.e. the investment exemplifies the expansion-related activity, but relocation exemplifies the move of production facilities from one country to another (Mucchielli and Saucier 1997). Hence, in the literature, investment, as a conceptual construct, might exemplify a multiplicity of meanings without providing further clarifications.

In terms of methodology, we opted for a qualitative case study method. This decision was influenced by the fact that conventional quantitative methods do not offer reliable tools for the analysis of the phenomenon that is yet to be extensively explored. We want to explore the phenomenon and find the drivers of the footloose behaviour. The analysis of the data involves the coding (Nvivo) of the textual data and linking the findings to the propositions that we develop in the conceptual framework.

We developed a typology of footloose multinationals that highlights the relative position of the company within two dimensions: innovation and efficiency. The typology, as we developed it, describes four types of footloose multinationals: IBM, Johnson Control, Procter & Gamble and Electrolux. The purpose of developing this typology was to understand better how the combination of innovation and efficiency affect footloose behaviour within different MNE.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Filippaios, Fragkiskos
Thesis advisor: Mohr, Alexander
Uncontrolled keywords: multinational enterprise, foreign direct investment, divestment, relocation, headquarters-subsidiary interdependence, operational flexibility, footloose behaviour
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
SWORD Depositor: System Moodle
Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2018 14:10 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:43 UTC
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