Organizational arrangements of U.S. wood-based companies involved in direct foreign investment

Edward M. Bilek, Paul V. Ellefson

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A study of the foreign operations of U.S. wood-based companies was undertaken in 1984. Of interest was the extent of U.S. wood-based foreign investment, the manner in which U.S. wood-based corporations organize their foreign operations, and the factors influencing the selection of an organizational structure. The study entailed a major review of existing literature an investigation (via questionnaire) of 12 major, publicly owned, U.S. wood-based, multinational corporations. Data indicate that foreign investments of U.S. wood-based firms are located primarily in developed countries with favorable investment climates, such as Canada and Western Europe. Among developing nations, investments were concentrated in countries that are economically and politically progressive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-148
Number of pages8
JournalTappi journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1989


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