This assignment is an INDIVIDUAL assignment.
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 AUTOMOBILE 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?
What constraints do States and MNCs face in their bargaining relationship?
o Does the power of States and MNCs vary over time?
Criteria for Assessment
Identify and outline power resources pertinent to the States-MNC bargaining relationship
Critical analysis of the powers resources of States and multinational corporations and application to the case study industry 50%
This assignment is designed to assess learning outcomes:
1. Critically engage with competing explanations for economic globalisation since 1945
2. Analyse the global business environment in different industrial sectors and evaluate the
strategies corporations deploy to manage those environments
3. 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
4. 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
The word count is 2000.
There will be a penalty of a deduction of 10% of the mark (after internal moderation) for work
exceeding the word limit by 10% or more.
The word limit includes quotations and citations, but excludes the references list.