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Technology-Driven FDI: A Survey of the Literature

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  • Amighini, Alessia

    () (Università del Piemonte Orientale)

  • Cozza, Claudio

    () (Università del Piemonte Orientale)

  • Giuliani , Elisa

    () (Università di Pisa, Italy)

  • Rabellotti, Roberta

    () (Università di Pavia)

  • Scalera, Vittoria

    () (Politecnico di Milano)

Abstract

In the past century we have witnessed worldwide a growing flow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), which have attracted the attention of economists, international business and development scholars. In this scenario, two trends have recently gained momentum: the increasing relevance of Technology-driven FDI (TFDI) and the upsurge of Emerging Economies’ Multinational Enterprises (EMNEs) investing in advanced countries. In this paper, we present a survey of the relevant literature on TFDI, with a focus on both AMNEs and EMNEs. After presenting the different phases of TFDI from Advanced Economy Multinational Enterprises (AMNEs), we focus on EMNEs and discuss the usefulness and limitations of the existing theoretical frameworks to interpret this new phenomenon. Next, the paper reviews the literature on EMNEs’ sources of competitive advantages and their main motivations for investing abroad. Finally, the paper explores the peculiarities of TFDI from emerging economies.

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  • Amighini, Alessia & Cozza, Claudio & Giuliani , Elisa & Rabellotti, Roberta & Scalera, Vittoria, 2013. "Technology-Driven FDI: A Survey of the Literature," Papers in Innovation Studies 2013/17, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:lucirc:2013_017
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    1. Alvandi , Keyvan & Chaminade , Cristina & Lv, Ping, 2013. "Commonalities and differences between production-related FDI (PFDI) and technology-related FDI (TFDI) in developed and emerging economies," Papers in Innovation Studies 2013/47, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
    2. Francesco LISSONI, 2016. "Migration and Innovation Diffusion : An Eclectic Survey," Cahiers du GREThA 2016-11, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée.

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    Keywords

    Foreign Direct Investments; Technology Driven Foreign Investments; Emerging Countries;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D

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