Advisor

R. Kelly Hancock

Date of Award

8-3-1994

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Sociology

Department

Sociology

Physical Description

1 online resource (2, ii, 126 p.)

Subjects

International economic relations, International business enterprises -- Canada, International business enterprises -- Brazil, International business enterprises -- Germany (West), Canada -- Foreign economic relations -- United States, United States -- Foreign economic relations -- Canada, Brazil -- Foreign economic relations -- United States, United States -- Foreign economic relations -- Brazil, Germany (West) -- Foreign economic relations -- United States, United States -- Foreign economic relations -- Germany (West)

Abstract

Many studies concerning multinational corporations {MNCs) are replete with theoretical models and case studies that treat MNCs as stand-alone entities. Very little time and effort is given to understanding the context in which MNCs operate. This context includes not only the fact that MNCs transcend national boundaries (political as well as geographical), but also the meaning of work and being part of a multinational work force for those employed within MNCs. This thesis is an effort to elucidate how the political/societal/cultural contexts of different host countries affect the attitudes of those workers most directly involved with foreign-owned MNCs. By shifting the focus from the MNC to the political/societal/cultural environment of host countries, foreign-owned MNCs can be compared across national boundaries (foreign-owned MNC workers from three different countries are compared in this thesis -- Canada, Brazil, and West Germany). Finally, by grounding the workers' attitudes within social identity theory, divergent attitudes between the workers from the different countries are not only explained, but expected as well.

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Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/28338

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