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A double network approach to international production


  • Roberto Schiattarella

    () (University of Camerino (Italy))

  • Antonello Zanfei

    () (Department of Economics, Università di Urbino "Carlo Bo")


This paper discusses some key implications of the view, emerged in the literature, that multinational firms organise their activities by connecting internal networks of subsidiaries with external networks of contractual relationships. It is argued that this view provides some useful elements for a more comprehensive theory of multinational change and for the analysis of the impact of internationalisation on economic systems of origin and destination. A ?double network approach? to international production implies a fundamental change of focus from the ?center? of multinationals ? the headquarters ? to the ?periphery? of transnational organisations, and from individual decision making units to collective choices involving a variety of inter-linked actors. Moreover, it highlights the complexities of decision making processes associated to the increasing number and interdependencies of internal and external actors involved in international production.

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  • Roberto Schiattarella & Antonello Zanfei, 2010. "A double network approach to international production," Working Papers 1013, University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Department of Economics, Society & Politics - Scientific Committee - L. Stefanini & G. Travaglini, revised 2010.
  • Handle: RePEc:urb:wpaper:10_13

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    Foreign Investment; Multinational Firm.;

    JEL classification:

    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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