Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. James Biles

Second Advisor

Dr. Deborah Che

Third Advisor

Dr. Gregory Veeck

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The practices and policies of transnational corporations have now taken hold in the geo-economy, and the effects of globalization can be seen worldwide. Current research trends in economic geography focus on these policies and their transformations with regards to specific sectors. These theories predict and explain how transnational corporations should act, interact, and influence host countries. This foreign presence in host countries not only influences the corporate sector, but creates unique changes and challenges for producers and consumers. Consequently, the need to understand how the evolution of the global space affects the transformation of the local space, as well as the livelihoods of local people, particularly in a developing nation, is essential to the topic of globalization.