publication . Report . Preprint . 2001

Foreign Investment and International Plant Configuration: Whither the Product Cycle?

Belderbos, R; Sleuwaegen, Leo;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2001
  • Publisher: K.U.Leuven - Departement toegepaste economische wetenschappen
Abstract
We analyze the determinants of the decision to invest abroad in particular configurations of overseas plants for 120 Japanese firms active in 36 well-defined electronic product markets. We find support for a structured internationalization decision model in which the decision to produce abroad and the choice for a specific international plant configuration are treated as nested strategic options. Drivers at the industry and firm level push firms to consider overseas investment, and locational characteristics pull firms towards particular plant configurations. The product cycle still appears as an important force pushing firms to set up Asia-focused or global pla...
Subjects
free text keywords: Product, Markets, Characteristics, Trade, management and organization theory ;, Options, Investment, Model, Industry, International, Foreign investment, Trade policy
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publication . Report . Preprint . 2001

Foreign Investment and International Plant Configuration: Whither the Product Cycle?

Belderbos, R; Sleuwaegen, Leo;