International vs. Multinational: What's the Difference?

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Key Difference

The difference between International vs Multinational is that an international company do not have any investment outside the country whereas multinational company have investments in other countries.

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International vs. Multinational

International and multinational are both different terms. An international company is a company that have a group of people from different countries and is not a profit making organisation whereas the multinational company is a global company that makes the profit. If we only talk about the terms, the term ‘international’ is used in a general context whereas the term ‘multinational’ is used in a business context.

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Basis International Multinational
Meaning An International company is a group of different people working for a non-profit organisation.A multinational company is an international company that works to make profits.
Profit An international company do not work for the benefit.A multinational company works for making benefits.
Term Term international means carried on different nations.Term multinational means involving several different nationalities.
ContextTerm international is used in general context.Term multinational is used in only business context.
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 What is International?

The international team means carried on different nations. An international company have no investments in any other country.  The term international is used when we have to refer more than one country. If we talk about law, then international law means a law that is followed by all states. And if we talk about trade, then international trade is trade between different countries.  International companies are the companies that have no investments in other countries. Example of international companies is BackRub, Quantum, Apple computers, Sony etc. The donations mostly fund international companies. International relations is a mostly used term; international connection means that an organisation have relationships with the organisation of other countries.  International Bussiness means all commercial activities like import and export of things in different countries.

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What is Multinational?

Multinational means involving different countries and people of different nationalities. Multinational companies have investments in other countries. The examples of multinational companies are Nike, coco-cola, Wal-Mart, Toshiba, Honda, BMW etc.  The big multinational companies are made to earn big profits.  MNC also know as a multinational corporation that is a vast corporation that aims to business in more than one country. Big multinational companies have huge budgets, and people want to work with multinational companies.

The largest multinational company in the world is Toyota. Toyota is the Toyota motors corporation that is a Japanese multinational company. This company make cars and export cars to other countries and is the biggest import-export multinational company. List of top ten multinational companies are followings:

  • Wal-Mart
  • state grid
  • Sinopec group
  • China National Petroleum
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen Group
  • Royal Dutch group
  • Berkshire Hathaway
  • Apple
  • Exxon Mobile

Key Differences:

  1. Term international means carried on different nations. A multinational company is an international company that works to make profits.
  2. An International company is a group of different people working for a non-profit organisation. A multinational company is an international company that works to make profits.
  3. Example of international companies is Backrub, Quantum, Apple computers, Sony etc.*
  4. The examples of multinational companies are Nike, coco-cola, Wal-Mart, Toshiba, Honda, BMW etc.
  5. Big multinational companies have huge budgets, and people want to work with multinational companies. The donations mostly fund international companies.
  6. International organisation are the organisation, who sell its products in other countries by exporting it to those countries and they might also be involved in various importing activities. Multinational companies have their investments in foreign countries. Any Company, which is having operations and trading in two or more countries across the globe is called as a Multinational Company.
  7. Abbreviation of the Multinational company is M.N.C whereas an International company do not have an abbreviation.

Conclusion

In this article, we have seen the difference between international and multinational. Term international means carried on different nations and the multinational company is a global company that works to make profits in more than one countries. An International company is a group of diverse people working for a non-profit organisation. A multinational company is a global company that works to make profits. Example of international companies is Backrub, Quantum, Apple computers, Sony etc. and the standards of multinational companies are Nike, coco-cola, Wal-Mart, Toshiba, Honda, BMW etc