IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Globalisation and development: an international business strategy approach


  • Robert Pearce

    () (Department of Economics, University of Reading)


The paper seeks to reformulate the ‘colourful and fluid’ early debate on the effects of foreign direct investment (FDI) in two ways. Firstly, the wide range of separate specific concerns of the early debate are subsumed within four generic issues, (i) efficiency, (ii) distribution, (iii) sovereignty, (iv) growth and development. Secondly, the analysis is now structured around modes of analysis of multinational enterprises (MNEs), as the agents that carry out FDI. MNEs are seen as using the freedoms of international transfers central to globalisation in order to leverage competitively the differences of national (or other coherently-defined) economic units. Crucially this response to difference is analysed as reflecting three potential MNE strategic motivations, (i) market seeking, (ii) efficiency seeking, (iii) knowledge seeking. The core of the paper investigates how adoption of different motivations by MNEs would affect performance in terms of the different generic issues. The synergies of this mode of analysis with trade policy (the implicit, or often very explicit, move to outward-oriented industrialisation in the era of globalisation) and new growth theory are also discussed.

Suggested Citation

  • Robert Pearce, 2006. "Globalisation and development: an international business strategy approach," Economics & Management Discussion Papers em-dp2006-35, Henley Business School, Reading University.
  • Handle: RePEc:rdg:emxxdp:em-dp2006-35

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    1. repec:ucm:wpaper:06-08 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Álvarez, Isabel & Marín, Raquel, 2010. "Entry modes and national systems of innovation," Journal of International Management, Elsevier, vol. 16(4), pages 340-353, December.
    3. Isabel Álvarez & Raquel Marín, 2008. "FDI and world heterogeneities: The role of absorptive capacities," Working Papers del Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales 0806, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales.
    4. Pearce, Robert & Papanastassiou, Marina, 2006. "To 'almost see the world': Hierarchy and strategy in Hymer's view of the multinational," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 15(2), pages 151-165, April.
    5. Grahame Fallon & Mark Cook, 2014. "Explaining Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing Inbound FDI Location in Five UK Regions," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 105(3), pages 331-348, July.
    6. repec:spr:manint:v:49:y:2009:i:1:d:10.1007_s11575-008-0126-5 is not listed on IDEAS
    7. Lévy, Brigitte, 2007. "The interface between globalization, trade and development: Theoretical issues for international business studies," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 16(5), pages 594-612, October.

    More about this item


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:rdg:emxxdp:em-dp2006-35. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Marie Pearson). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.