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The impact of bureaucracy/red tape on the employees of multinational enterprises

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Large multinational enterprises are key pillars of the global economy. Their success or failure may impact whole regions or industries and with this not only their own employees but also a broader group of people. Reason enough to focus exactly on this kind of organisation within this research. Although the size of a business is per definition no criteria to identify a multinational enterprise, the focus of the actual research lies on large multinational enterprises as the degree of bureaucracy/red tape seems to be higher the bigger the organisation. This bureaucracy/red tape and its impact on the employees is the core theme of the research. Many studies confirm a correlation between the employee satisfaction/motivation and the success of a business. It is clear that this satisfaction/motivation depends on various different criteria. However, bureaucracy/red tape might be one of them but has not yet been evaluated within literature at all. Furthermore, this topic implies a special challenge as a certain amount of bureaucracy seems to be inevitable to be able to manage a large organisation. The results of this research will show how multinational enterprises could overcome this challenge and even could take advantage of an optimised bureaucratic framework.

Keywords: bureaucracy/red tape, multinational enterprises, MNEs, employee motivation/satisfaction, business success

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