Based on real-life experience and lessons acquired from successful oversea operations of foreign multinational corporations (MNC), this thesis analyzes the key drivers of success in the multinational operations of a Chinese enterprise, using a combination of major theoretical research and actual case studies. Principally, this thesis addresses two key questions:
1. For an international MNC, what are the key success factors for foreign investment?
2. For a relatively young Chinese enterprise engaged in foreign investment operations, what are the suitable key success factors?
Through an extensive literature review, this thesis identifies relevant key success factors for foreign investments by MNCs and proceeds to test whether these key factors apply to foreign investments by Chinese MNCs in manufacturing industries, using related theories and case studies of multinational operations by Chinese MNCs. As a result, this study demonstrates the implications of these key success factors with reference to currently successful foreign investments by Chinese manufacturing enterprises. Finally, this research specifies the success factors for foreign investments by Chinese manufacturing enterprises.