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The international context in which we actually live has, over the last years, largely modified the management practices of companies of all sizes. Many feel this is only the beginning. More thanever, since the September 11 events and following a succession of G-8 or G-20 animated meetings, pressures around the world are growing to force a thorough analysis of globalization issues. The recentSeattle, Quebec or Italian sessions of discussion of WTO members or the different globalization or anti-globalization forums invite all managers to better understand the critical issues ofinternationalizing business around the World. 
 
In an era where national borders are slowly disappearing to leave way to larger regional areas or to global practices, either as a result of political decisions orthe fast pace development and adoption of new information and communication technologies, politicians are more than ever preoccupied by the control of the economic development of their countries tornbetween local and global tensions. As for national or international institutions, they have to face the emergence of giant corporations that often question the need, roles and priorities of nationalgovernments.
 
Managers now have to sort out new words often used without much attention to their actual meaning: internationalization, globalization, multinational corporations, multidomesticcompanies, integrated multinationals, transnational corporations. Today one has to clearly see the differences between these international business concepts.

The international context in which weactually live has, over the last years, largely modified the management practices of companies of all sizes. Many feel this is only the beginning. More than ever, since the September 11 events and followinga succession of G-8 or G-20 animated meetings, pressures around the world are growing to force a thorough analysis of globalization issues. The recent Seattle, Quebec or Italian sessions of...
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