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The Transnational Activities of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Masataka Fujita

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ISBN 10: 0792381238 / ISBN 13: 9780792381235
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Hardcover. 257 pages. Dimensions: 9.3in. x 6.5in. x 1.0in.The Transnational Activities of Small and Medium-Sized Corporations contains a study of the role, impact and policy implications of small and medium-sized transnational corporations (TNCs) in the developed economies as well as in the developing countries. After a description of the theoretical framework the volume analyzes trends, patterns and salient features of small and medium-sized TNCs by emphasizing the problems in the transnationalization process and proposes measures and policy suggestions to promote foreign direct investment by small and medium-sized enterprises. The study is largely derived form a survey, conducted by the author, designed to obtain information about the characteristics and consequences of small and medium-sized transnational corporations activities compared with those of large TNCs and indigenous firms. In eight chapters, this volume describes the role of TNCs in domestic economies and their transnational activities. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780792381235

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measure of the rate of innovation --research-and-development (R&D) expenditure per employee compared to new patents received per employee -- does not adequately capture a unique feature of SMEs, namely that owners and managers are often themselves innovators. For example, in Japan 52 per cent of SMEs' innovations reported in 1986 were created by employers, whereas in large firms 72 per cent of innovations were created by research technicians. Nevertheless, patchy evidence from Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States indicates that SMEs at least hold their own in terms of innovation compared to large firms. Perhaps most significantly, a recent study indicates that, while the total number of innovations is positively related to R&D expenditures, skilled labour and the degree to which large firms comprise the industry, in innovative industries innovative activity tends to emanate more from SMEs than large firms. This is probably because in industries where large firms dominate, SMEs need to be innovative to survive. There is much information to suggest that in technologies such as micro-electronics, new materials and biotechnology SMEs tend to be in the vanguard of innovation. Small and medium-sized enterprises as exporters. The contribution of SMEs to a national economy from exporting is generally small; for example, in Japan SMEs accounted for only 13 per cent of merchandise exports in 1990.

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Masataka Fujita has published probably the two most important articles on the subject of TNC's recently in Small Business Economics (SBEJ). He has been involved in research on the subject at the United Nations for a number of years and is one of the leading authorities on the subject as well as on foreign direct investment and transnational corporations in general.

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