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Competing for High-quality FDI: Management Challenges for Investment Promotion Agencies

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  • José Guimón*

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    (Department of Economic Structure and Development Economics, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid)

  • Sergey Filippov

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    (Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, Delft)

Abstract

Competition for FDI is intensifying and changing in scope as governments of developed and developing countries alike place a higher emphasis on the quality rather than on the quantity of FDI. Against the backdrop of contemporary international business trends, we argue that shifting from quantity to quality in FDI promotion entails a new policy mix and a new approach to performance evaluation. We examine the challenges that investment promotion agencies targeting quality are confronted with from an intellectual capital management perspective, drawing attention to the implications for their human, structural and relational capital. This study offers a broad framework to better guide FDI policy reform and evaluation.

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Article provided by Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya in its journal Institutions and Economies.

Volume (Year): 4 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (July)
Pages: 25-44

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Handle: RePEc:umk:journl:v:4:y:2012:i:2:p:25-44

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Keywords: FDI; intellectual capital; investment promotion; multinational companies;

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  1. Filippov, Sergey, 2012. "European investment promotion agencies vis-à-vis multinational companies from emerging economies: Comparative analysis of BRIC investor targeting," MERIT Working Papers 076, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
  2. Guimón, José & Salazar, Juan Carlos, 2014. "Collaboration in innovation between foreign subsidiaries and local universities: evidence from Spain," CIRCLE Electronic Working Papers 2014/5, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.

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