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This quantity seems to be at how multinational businesses deal with their workforces throughout borders. Its concentration is at the shaping of multinationals' employment practices in the course of the interaction of structural forces: divergent nationwide enterprise structures, evolving supranational associations, and the dynamics of world pageant. however it additionally scrutinises the multinational as an area during which contending actors pursue their very own lively pursuits and techniques in the constraints of those broader forces. Its mix of leading edge empirical and theoretical fabric will attract postgraduate scholars and researchers within the fields of overseas enterprise and comparative employment family.

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In an influential paper, Arthurs argues that this restructuring of corporate governance in the context of economic integration plays the major role in the ‘hollowing out of corporate Canada’. US-owned firms have reduced the autonomy of their main centres of decision-making in Canada, reducing the resources and power of those corporate man- 38 Multinationals, Institutions and the Construction of Transnational Practices agers who were more acquainted with distinct Canadian institutions and culture.

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The same research programme also looked at US multinationals in three other European countries, which allows different host country environments to be taken into account. , 2005: 278). There are, then, distinct political issues facing TNCs, and these entail continuing uncertainty and negotiation. We now offer a framework to address these issues. Power and political processes Realms of power TNCs operate in several different political spheres. It is useful conceptually to distinguish three of these.

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