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States and Firms on the Periphery: The Challenges of a Globalising World

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  • Benito, Gabriel

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    (BI Norwegian School of Management)

  • Narula, Rajneesh

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    (University of Reading Business School)

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A key feature of globalisation has been the growth and spread of multinational enterprises (MNEs), but there is here is considerable evidence that MNEs do not regard all locations as being equivalent. MNE activity both to and from peripheral economies differs from MNE activity associated with core economies. We discuss how and why multinational enterprises may differ in their investment behaviour from and to peripheral economies, from the point of view of both states and firms. We also provide an overview of the policy issues associated with the peripheral nature of these economies per se, as well of the policy issues associated with MNEs that invest into and from peripheral economies. Inter alia, we argue that market forces cannot fully substitute for the role of governments in developing and promoting a proactive industrial policy.

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Paper provided by United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT) in its series MERIT Working Papers with number 004.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:unm:unumer:2007004

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Keywords: Multinational Enterprises; Foreign Direct Investment; Industrial Policy; Organizational Behavior;

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  1. Antonios Georgopoulos & Felicitas Nowak-Lehmann D. & Vasilios Sogiakas, 2013. "Survival Characteristics and Adjustment of MNE Affiliates in the European Integrated Market," Ibero America Institute for Econ. Research (IAI) Discussion Papers 225, Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research.
  2. Narula, Rajneesh & Guimon, Jose, 2010. "The R&D activity of multinational enterprises in peripheral economies: evidence from the EU new member states," MERIT Working Papers 048, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).

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