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Rajneesh Narula
Mälardalen University College
BusinessInternational tradeMultinational corporationEconomicsForeign direct investment
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#1Ulf R. Andersson (MDH: Mälardalen University College)
#2Chris Brewster (MDH: Mälardalen University College)H-Index: 54
Last. Geoffrey Wood (MDH: Mälardalen University College)H-Index: 28
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Although the core concepts underlying IB and IHRM provide a common lexicon and epistemology, this commonality is often more implicit than explicit. We highlight not only the common ground but also the lack of critical dialogue between the two fields. This paper asks: What can each field learn from the other? What do scholars from IB learn from IHRM and vice versa? We identify a possible agenda and concerns regarding theory building as a basis for dialogue between the two fields.
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This issue of the Transnational Corporations journal is dedicated to special economic zones (SEZs) and their potential as vehicles for development. In compiling this issue, we sought to contextualise the emergence of SEZs, their evolution, and the associated policy trajectories that underpin them. This introductory paper| amalgamates observations from the broader academic literature, the findings of the World Investment Report 2019, and its associated background papers. A common theme is that a ...
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The 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, led external stakeholders to insist on higher labor standards in apparel global value chains (GVCs). Stakeholders now expect MNEs to take ‘full-chain’ responsibility. However, the increased monitoring and enforcement costs of a large network of suppliers have been non-trivial. MNEs instead implement a ‘cascading compliance’ approach, coupled with a partial re-internalization. Elevated costs are further exacerbated in developing c...
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#1Rajneesh Narula (University of Reading)H-Index: 40
#2Christian Geisler Asmussen ('KCL': King's College London)H-Index: 15
Last. Sumit K. Kundu (FIU: Florida International University)H-Index: 23
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Internalization theory has provided a resilient analytical framework that explicitly or implicitly underlines much of International Business scholarship. Internalization theory is not a monolithic body of knowledge; instead, it has devolved into several ‘streams’, each of which focuses on the interests of particular epistemic communities, while also acting as a more generic organizing framework for those more broadly interested in its application to real-world challenges. Following a review of t...
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The capacity of Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) to generate employment and upgrade the quality of the host country’s human capital is arguably it’s most immediate and significant contribution to economic growth, a key objective of an MNE-assisted development agenda. However, whether by direct or indirect action, or by inaction, MNEs can have both a positive and a negative effect on within-country inequality, not least because they play an outsized and growing role in most economies. Much is unc...
#1José Guimón (UAM: Autonomous University of Madrid)H-Index: 8
#2Rajneesh Narula (University of Reading)H-Index: 40
During the last two decades, a growing number of universities, mainly from developed countries, have established branch campuses in developing countries. From the developing country perspective, attracting foreign universities can help mitigate financial constraints and capacity shortages that impair the state’s ability to provide greater access to higher education, while also improving teaching and research in general. However, foreign universities may also be detrimental if they crowd-out thei...
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#1Rajneesh Narula (University of Reading)H-Index: 40
#2André Pineli (University of Reading)H-Index: 2
We summarize the key empirical evidence on the nexus between MNEs and development, focusing on issues that are relevant for the formulation, implementation and assessment of policies by host developing countries. We also delve into what we do not know, as well as topics for which the evidence is still quite blurred. We discuss the reasons for the absence of clear evidence, and potential avenues for future research to improve policies. Although most countries rely on MNEs/FDI as a central plank o...
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#1André PineliH-Index: 2
#2Rajneesh NarulaH-Index: 40
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Economic development can be defined as a process in which output growth is accompanied by qualitative changes in the structures of production and employment. Can FDI affect this process? This paper looks for answers in two ways. First, it reviews the extant knowledge about the relationship between MNE activity and economic development in developing countries. Core theoretical and conceptual issues are presented and the key findings of both microeconomic (FDI linkages and spillovers) and macroeco...
#1Rajneesh NarulaH-Index: 40
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The capacity of Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) to upgrade economic activity in the host country is a key objective of an MNE-assisted development agenda, arguably having contributed to reducing income inequalities between countries. However, the limited evidence available suggests the gains of FDI are rarely evenly distributed within recipient countries. How do MNEs affect the extant within-country inequalities? Whether by direct or indirect action (or by inaction), MNEs can have both a positi...
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to introduce a new theoretical framework called the “extended dual economy model”. Based on the seminal work of Lewis (2014), the author uses it to explain the sectoral specialisation of home countries and their firms and MNEs. Design/methodology/approach The paper is multi-disciplinary and entirely conceptual, with cool ideas but very few numbers and equations. Findings Emerging economies exhibit a “duality” in their economic structure that reflects itself i...
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