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Foreign direct investment in Central Europe:: Experiences of major Western investors

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    This paper examines major investments by Western companies in Central Europe between 1989 and 1996. The results indicate that investors are primarily motivated to enter these transition economies on the basis of host country specific market factors, although the opportunity to gain first mover advantages or comparative labour cost advantages were also important elements in the investment equation. Subsequently, while investors have utilized various modes of investment to enter these new markets, there is a clear move to consolidate their shareholding positions. Finally, the signs are encouraging as the level of performance in many local firms seems to be improving.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Management Journal.

    Volume (Year): 16 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 4 (August)
    Pages: 378-389

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    Cited by:
    1. Robert B.K. Pye, 2000. "The Evolution of the Insurance Sector in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series 336, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
    2. Piteli, Eleni E.N., 2009. "Foreign Direct Investment in Developed Economies: A Comparison between European and non - European Countries," Papers DYNREG44, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
    3. Sass, Magdolna, 2004. "FDI in Hungary - the first mover's advantage and disadvantage," EIB Papers 8/2004, European Investment Bank, Economics Department.
    4. Eva Ryšavá & Elisa Galeotti, 2009. "Determinants of FDI in Czech Manufacturing Industries between 2000-2006," Working Papers IES 2009/17, Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies, revised Apr 2009.

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