We examine the role of technology in the conduct of international business. After providing theoretical background, we examine the most important technologies and technological trends in the current decade, including big data, blockchain, 5G, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, robotics, additive manufacturing, and digital platforms. We discuss the implications of such trends for organizational activities and operations around the world. Emergent technologies are improving coordination and knowledge-sharing across network partners, as well as enhancing performance and reducing costs in manufacturing, distribution, logistics, and general value chain activities of MNEs. Such technologies are shifting the pattern of global manufacturing. Current technological trends hold implications for traditional views on the global production ecosystem.
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