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A changing nature of international business.

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  • Submitted: 19/06/2006
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University Degree Political & International Economics

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Since the 1980's, there is a changing nature of international business. MNC's needed a transformation to follow this change, that is why international business networks appeared. According to Casson and Cox (1997), network can be defined as : " A set of linkages which either directly or indirectly connect every member of a group".

This essay will first deal about the network concept (as a "high trust co-ordination mechanism linking independent owners"), then the classification and the components of a network will be analysed, and finally the network concept seen as an explanation of international business.

In network, there is the implication of close but non exclusive relationship. Autonomy and choice are emphasised. So, what do we mean by network?

Network is a solution (J. Child & D. Faulkner, 1998) to reduce uncertainty (with good relationship and solidarity), to provide : flexibility, capacity (with links inside the networks between firms), speed (to take rapidly advantage of opportunities), access to resources and skills not owned by the company itself (a company can finish a project using abilities and skills of other in the network), information.

Also, the organisation needs interaction with other

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