Transnational vs. international

Yesterday we had a discussion with a group of German professionals. We tried to find an answer as to why the vast majority of organizations, companies, products and concepts that are well-known throught the world originate in the US.

One person suggested that when it comes to globally operating organizations, there is a difference between an international and a transnational organization. He tried to explain what that difference might be and I’d like to ask you to share your opinion on this: Do you think there is a difference between the words international and transnational?

Thanks in advance,

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Hi Torsten

For me transnational has the sense of “transcending borders” (almost a “borderless” idea).
The word international keeps the idea of clearly defined borders in tact.


Amy, Wikipedia agrees with you.

Globalization access to a fact but is not a fact.
Translational relation never dominate international politics