In what ways has globalisation led to the creation of increasingly complex forms of social and economic organisation? What are multinationals and why have they become such powerful symbols of globalisation? How have multinationals developed over time? Where and in what sectors are multinational strongest? Have multinationals contributed to the globalisation of culture? Have multinationals created global elites?
1. Key Readings
Please read at least one of these (though it would preferable both of them):
- Mira Wilkins, “The Historical Development of Multinational Enterprise to 1930: Discontinuities and Continuities,” in in Alfred D. Chandler Jr and Bruce Mazlish, eds., Leviathans: Multinational Corporations and the New Global History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), pp. 45-79.* [HD2755.5.L484]
- Geoffrey Jones, “Globalization,” in Geoffrey Jones and Jonathan Zeitlin, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Business History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. 141-168. [HF352.O94] and avaliable as an E-Book.
2. A Multinational Corporation
Work in groups of three and choose a multinational or large corporation of your choice: trade its history and explain how it influenced the economy, society and life in different countries. Please post a 300-400-word summary on the course Forum.
- Bruce Mazlish and Elliott R. Morss, “A Global Elite?,” in Alfred D. Chandler Jr and Bruce Mazlish, eds., Leviathans: Multinational Corporations and the New Global History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), pp. 167-186.