The Changing Geography of International Business

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-03-01
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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The world is witnessing profound change. The economic and geopolitical dominance of the West is being increasingly challenged by the rapid emergence of several developing countries, most conspicuously Brazil, Russia, India and China. The West is also struggling with a financial crisis and the near impotence of traditional policy tools to rekindle growth. How should firms respond? How must International Business scholars change their thinking to both reflect and explain these epochal changes? What advice can they give hard-pressed governments? This volume contains papers which grapple with this challenging agenda. They consider three key themes: How can better understanding of institutions and culture help give analytical grip? How do and should firms adjust their strategies to cope with processes which operate at a range of spatial scales from the very local to the global? How best do firms place themselves both in physical location and within often complex global networks?

Author Biography

Gary Cook is Head of Economics, Finance and Accounting at the University of Liverpool Management School, UK. He gained his PhD from Manchester Business School. His main teaching and research interests are in the areas of industrial clustering, international strategy and innovation. He has published widely in these areas.

Jennifer Johns is a Lecturer in Management and International Business at the University of Liverpool Management School, UK. She gained her PhD from the University of Manchester, UK, in economic geography before teaching international business. Her research interests are primarily concerned with network approaches to economic development and have two interrelated strands: global production networks and local economic development, and geographies of local and transnational labour markets. Specific areas of research include creative industries (such as film and television and video games) and the geographies of temporary staffing.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Gary Cook and Jennifer Johns
2. Keynote address: Flatness; Ram Mudambi
3. Outward Foreign Direct Investment and the Adaptive Efficiency of the German Institutional System; Heinz-Josef Tüselmann, Frank McDonald, Martin T. Bohl, Svitlana Voronkova and Paul Windrum
4. The Impact of Institutions on Economic Growth in Central and Eastern Europe; Matthew M.C. Allen and Maria L. Aldred
5. Why do MNEs Engage in MNE-Government Relations? Empirical Evidence from the European Union and the Automotive Industry; Sigrun M. Wagner
6. Country Linkages and Firm Internationalisation: Indian MNEs within Economic-Political Alliances of Nations; Peter J. Buckley, Peter Enderwick, Nicolas Forsans and Surender Munjal
7. A Critical Review of Hidden Champions and Emerging Research Findings on Their International Strategies and Orientations; Alessa Witt and Chris Carr
8. The Role of Language on Affiliates' Competence-Creation: Evidence from the MNE Linkage across 45 Countries; Yong Yang and Caleb CY Kwong
9. Reconceptualising Cross-border Knowledge Acquisition: An Empirical Investigation into Antecedents; Mia Hsiao-Wen Ho
10. Service Sector Clustering and Multinational Enterprise: Evidence from UK Film and Television; Gary Cook and Naresh R. Pandit
11. Redundancies in External Relationships of Multinational Corporations – A Firm-Level Conceptual Model: Phillip C. Nell, Ulf Andersson and Bjorn Ambos
12. Examining Strategy Diversity and Interdependence in The MNC's Subsidiaries and Their Functional Activities; Paz Estrella Tolentino, Odile E.M. Janne and Pi-Chi Chen
13. Exploring Foreign Direct Investment and Technology and Knowledge Transfer Issues in Africa; Ellis Osabutey
14. New Venture Internationalisation and the Cluster Life Cycle: Insights from Ireland's Indigenous Software Industry; Mike Crone

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