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A Critical Assessment of the Eclectic Theory of the Multinational Enterprise

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  • Masahiko Itaki

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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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  • Masahiko Itaki, 1991. "A Critical Assessment of the Eclectic Theory of the Multinational Enterprise," Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Academy of International Business, vol. 22(3), pages 445-460, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:jintbs:v:22:y:1991:i:3:p:445-460
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