Title: Transnational corporations from developing countries: motivations to invest in developed countries

Authors: Amir Gabriel; Osama Sam Al-Kwifi

Addresses: Department of Management Sciences, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada. ' College of Business, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, P.O. Box 1664, Al Khobar 3195, Saudi Arabia

Abstract: This paper presents a global perspective behind transnational corporations from developing countries, especially those corporations moving to developed countries. A theoretical framework was developed to explain this phenomenon; then empirical data were collected from different economic databases, including the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Findings suggest three main factors that influence the observable fact of transnational corporations from developing countries: globalisation, competition and strategic choices concerning future growth. This study contributes to the international business literature as it highlights the motivations after diversification for developing market corporations into developed markets.

Keywords: transnational corporations; TNCs; globalisation; competition; strategic choices; developing countries; global business; developing market corporations; developed markets.

DOI: 10.1504/JGBA.2012.048124

Journal for Global Business Advancement, 2012 Vol.5 No.1, pp.71 - 87

Available online: 20 Jul 2012

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