This volume brings together papers by a distinguished group of scholars on various aspects of the international corporation: theoretical, financial, technological, legal, and political. The book also includes studies of three world industries—petroleum, automobile, and banking—and of the three world regions where the international corporation has considerable predominance: Australia, Japan, and Latin America. These wide-ranging forays are brought to conclusion by a summary article on the future of multinational enterprise, in which Raymond Vernon treats the theory of direct investment and attitudes of home and host countries, He recommends a harmonization of policies toward multinational corporations which would enable them to respond to economic signals related to scarcity rather than to differences in the artificial environment.
The high quality of these papers, which were originally given at a symposium in the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, merits their publication here; and as a stimulus to further research and learning, the editor has made no attempt to eliminate overlap or contradictions. A number of the presentations. A number of the presentations are informal talks committed to paper, while others are scholarly research. The chapters in each of the six sections reflect individual points of view rather than a single mode of analysis complete with common glossary. Professor Kindleberger remarks, that “Much of the contribution of the book consists of putting precisely and between a single set of covers the common intellectual coinage of the field of the international corporation as seen by economists, and to a lesser extent professors of management, practitioners, and political scientists.”
ContributorsCharles P. Kindleberger, Robert Z. Aliber, Harry G. Johnson, Stephen Hymer, Robert Rowthorn, H. David Willey, Eli Shapiro, Francis J. Deastlov, John H. Dunning, Seymour J. Rubin, Kenneth N. Waltz, M. A. Adelman, J. Wilner Sundelson, Julien-Pierre Koszul, Donald T. Brash, Carlos F. Díaz Alejandro, M. Y. Yoshino, Raymond Vernon