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Transnationality is the principle of carrying out an action across national borders, in order to have effects at a more general level. It is commonly associated with the actions of the European Union (EU), in distinction to 'international' (among national governments and controlled by them) or 'supranational' (suggesting powers delegated to a higher level of government).

According to the principle of subsidiarity, actions ought to be taken at the lowest level of government possible, so as to maximize democratic accountability and responsiveness to people's needs. The actions of the EU are therefore often justified by reference to 'transnational added value'. This means that the lessons of the experience of one country may prove useful in another.

The term Transnationality often refers to corporations that operate overseas and have certain characteristics.

Transnational Corporation[edit]

A Transnational Corporation (TNC) is an enterprises that are involved with international production, foreign investment, manage income and assets in more than one country as well as produce some sort of service or product in more than one country other than the one origin country for the Corporation. Transnational Corporations share many qualities with Multinational Corporations, with only subtle differences between them. Transnational Corporations generally are recognized by their decentralized structure of management, with many bases in various countries where the Corporation operates.[1] They make up commercial enterprises that operate substantial facilities, do business in more than one country and does not consider any particular country its national home. One of the significant advantages of a transnational company is that they are able to maintain a greater degree of responsiveness to the local markets where they maintain facilities.

Transnationality also refers to the extent to which a firm engages in value-creating activities across national borders. Faced with accelerated globalization, managers often make decisions to expand a firm’s transnationality in order to enable the firm to effectively compete with rivals on a global scale (UNCTAD 2014) example of this are Nestlé, Deutsche Post, Toyota, etc.

Actions taken with transnational cooperation, can help create better relationships between nations. Resources that are found in nations often need to be spread out throughout the world and thus transnationality helps this process.

Transnational Corporation History (TNC)[edit]

The history of the Transnational Corporation dates back to Western Europe in the 16th century. During this time firms like the British East India Trading Company were founded and helped to make transnationality what it is seen as this day in age (Administrator).

During the 19th and 20th centuries resources such as minerals, petroleum and foodstuffs and also the pressure to better markets made transnationality increase within multiple nations. These were nations such as the U.S and countries in Western Europe. The resources that were being pushed across borders from these nations often went to Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East (Administrator).

Transnationality of Organisations[edit]

An organisation has to be an international company which attempt to carry out her activities and operation across the borders of various countries and produce goods and services in a global scale. The number of these transnationals are increasing and they are also removing the barriers of borders. These organization exchanges and transfer human resources across borders. It’s an achievement for transnational when they get a recognized global competition. The transnationals joins the global efficiency and multinational rapid response in settings and operation of their organisation. The transnational organization also transfer assets from one country to another.

Transnationality in the Global Era[edit]

Local companies are involving in the cross border opportunities because of these reasons saturated home markets, the dangers of competitiveness of foreign businesses, the increase of world economic interdependent and movement of customers from one country to another. These transnational might have a state of origin but they are not owned by one single nation making them stateless and no ownership. They seems to be global but behave nationally, so they can have a standard global adequacy and at the same time grant the desires of the local market needs.

Investors of Transnational Corporations[edit]

The private sector and the government both invest in the transnational corporations.

See also[edit]


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