The Technological Role of Inward Foreign Direct Investment in Central East Europe

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-09-27
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Foreign direct investment (FDI) assumed a prominent role in Central East Europe (CEE) early on in the transition process. Foreign investors were assigned the task of restructuring markets, providing capital and knowledge for investment in technologically outdated and financially ailing firms.
After more than 20 years into the transitional period, this book sets out to analyse the conditions required for FDI to assume an active role in the region. The book aims to discover if actors in the local and national innovation systems are already relevant sources for foreign invested firms to tap local knowledge, and whether they are sufficiently developed to make profitable use of the knowledge and technology brought in by foreign investors.

Author Biography

Johannes Stephan has published in the field of International Business in a number of international journals. He is a
graduate from Freie Universität Berlin and received his PhD from Birmingham University in 1997. He worked at a blue chip research institute in Halle/Germany for 11 years. He is currently at the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, where he moved to in 2012.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Database used in the Empirical Analysis
3. Foreign Direct Investment Motives and the Match with Locational Conditions in Central East Europe 4. Conditions of Internal Technology Transfer and Spillovers between Foreign Investors and Foreign Affiliates in Central East Europe 5. Central and East European Innovation Systems as Knowledge Sources for Foreign Affiliates' Own Technological Activity in CEE
6. Foreign Affiliates as Knowledge Source for Host Regional Innovation Systems in CEE
7. The Role of Intellectual Property Rights for Technology in FDI into CEE
8. Conclusions on the Technological Role of FDI into CEE
9. List of References
10. Annexes

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