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A Critical Assessment of the Eclectic Theory of the Multinational Enterprise

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  • Masahiko Itaki

    (Ritsumeikan University)

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    The paper critically deals with the electric theory of the multinational enterprise. It examines, firstly, the theoretical redundancy of the ‘ownership advantage’; secondly, the inseparability of the ‘ownership advantage’ from the ‘location advantage’; thirdly, the conceptual ambiguity of the ‘location advantage’; and, lastly, possible methodological dangers of a multi-factor analysis under the three headings of the eclectic theory.© 1991 JIBS. Journal of International Business Studies (1991) 22, 445–460

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    Volume (Year): 22 (1991)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 445-460

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    4. Low Sui Pheng & Jiang Hongbin, 2006. "Analysing ownership, locational and internalization advantages of Chinese construction MNCs using rough sets analysis," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(11), pages 1149-1165.
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    9. Behrooz Shahmoradi & Mostafa Baghbanyan, 2011. "Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment in Developing Countries: A Panel Data Analysis," Asian Economic and Financial Review, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 1(2), pages 49-56, June.
    10. Sterns, James A. & Peterson, H. Christopher, 2001. "The Globalization Of Smaller Agri-Food Firms: A Decision-Making Framework Tested Through Case Research," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IAMA), vol. 4(02).
    11. Moon, Hwy-Chang & Roehl, Thomas W., 2001. "Unconventional foreign direct investment and the imbalance theory," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 10(2), pages 197-215, April.

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