Word Count : 2000 words

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically engage with competing explanations for economic globalisation since 1945.
  2. Critically assess the role of multinational corporations in the development and operation of global markets for resources, goods and services.
  3. Analyze the global business environment in different industrial sectors and evaluate the strategies corporations deploy to manage those environments.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the global business environment by communicating, both verbally and in writing, complex ideas and arguments about the evolution and dynamics of the world economy.
  5. Locate, identify and synthesise appropriate information to design, conduct and report research into business and management issues, both individually and as part of a team.

Assessment Brief

  • Your coursework will be given a zero mark if you do not submit a copy through Turnitin. Please take care to ensure that you have fully submitted your work. 
  • Please ensure that you have submitted your work using the correct file format, unreadable files will receive a mark of zero. The Faculty accepts Microsoft Office and PDF documents, unless otherwise advised by the module leader. 
  • All work submitted after the submission deadline without a valid and approved reason (see below) will be given a mark of zero.

This assignment requires you to write a 2000-word individual report on the following question: 

Critically assess the main power resources relevant to the bargaining relationship between States and multinational corporations. Illustrate your answer with reference to the OIL industry. 

In writing your answer you need to refer to the diagram on page 244 of the core module text book:  P.Dicken, Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy (7th edition), London:  SAGE. Please note, however, that it is essential this is supplemented from material from the reading  lists provided on Aula and from your own independent research. 

In preparing your answer you may find it helpful to reflect on some of the following questions (please note the report does not require you to answer these questions, they are merely to stimulate your thinking): 

o What resources do States have that MNCs want? Conversely what resources do MNCs have  that states want? 

o How can States use their resources to exert power over MNCs and vice versa?

o Under what circumstances (or ‘contingency’ to borrow the term we use in the lectures) do  these resources generate the most power? For example, a key power resource available to  States in many industries is that they control access to their domestic market. Which States  are likely to have the most power in this regard and why?

o What constraints do States and MNCs face in their bargaining relationship?

o Does the power of States and MNCs vary over time?

Referencing Style 

 RGU Harvard style to format citations and references