Location of Affiliates and Degree of Internationalisation: An Analysis of the World's Largest 664 TNCs
This paper analyses the profile of the world largest 664 transnational companies, in terms of the locational structure of their foreign affiliates. Two basic indices are used: (a) a Network Spread index which assesses the extent to which companies spread their activities in various countries of the world; (b) an Internationalisation index which assesses the foreign projection of the company by the percentage of affiliates located abroad in relation to the total number of company's affiliates. When possible and suitable, the results on these indices are compared to data on the macroeconomy. The analysis considers the locational profile in relation to: size of the firm, country of origin of the transnational and industry in which the companies operate.
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