Accession Number:

ADA426867

Title:

The Business of Terror: Al-Qaeda as a Multi-National Corporation

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

DENVER UNIV CO

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

36.0

Abstract:

According to Robert Gilpin, a multi-national corporation MNC can be defined as, a firm that owns and manages economic units in two or more countries. In many ways, Al Qaeda, and particularly its leader Usama bin Laden henceforth UBL, reflect this concept of an MNC, albeit this structure pursues political goals rather than economic ones. The organization consists of multi-national actors who operate in 40-50 countries world-wide. While the headquarters provides broad direction and support, local organizations are tailored to perceived local goals, often using local employees. Overall, al-Qaeda must contend with office politics, operations, budgets, and even embezzlement by employees. Moreover, its leadership normally resorts to many aspects of foreign direct investment and joint ventures as part of the day to day organizational management. This is due to the economic and business backgrounds of UBL and many of his cohorts.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE