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The role of big business in the economic integration of latin america

Darryl B. Lanoue (Division of Business and Management, Norwich University, 65 South Main Street, Northfield, Vermont 05663)

International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior

ISSN: 1093-4537

Article publication date: 1 March 2001

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Abstract

In light of the current trend toward economic integration in Latin America, this paper examines the role that big business plays in export development. The analysis is primarily descriptive and focuses on three factors: the type of industry, ownership, and value of exports of the 300 largest companies in Latin America. The results indicate that state, private and foreign firms each dominate in particular types of industries. Contrary to the popular assumption that economic integration necessarily leads to development, these results suggest the need for changes in public policy in regard to the current structure of big business in Latin America and its role in export-led development.

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Lanoue, D.B. (2001), "The role of big business in the economic integration of latin america", International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior, Vol. 4 No. 1/2, pp. 57-73. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOTB-04-01-02-2001-B004

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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