Focusing on the IT and high-tech electronic industries, this book provides an analysis of foreign small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Taiwan and Mainland China. A comparative analysis of Taiwan and Mainland China's business and investment environments is conducted, and several indices -- knowledge capital, innovative ability, the utilization of information technology and social infrastructure -- are used to evaluate the cross-strait competitive advantage. This important book helps readers understand the criteria involved in choosing an investment region, while increasing awareness of the particularities of conducting business in Asia.
The Caribbean countries of Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad-Tobago represent excellent examples of the increasingly important role played by Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in less developed, micro-economies. The increased dependence of these countries on FDI, however, calls to question the attractiveness of the business environment of the region to the foreign investor. This volume examines both the investment behaviour and corporate strategies operating in these three countries, and assesses the factors which influence the motivations, location choices and market entry mode of multinationals making investment in the Caribbean. The degree to which these are shaped by the timing of the investment decision, the type of FDI - market-seeking, resource-seeking or export-seeking - and the country of origin of the investor is also explored. By drawing on core case studies and the use of quantitative analysis, the author highlights key issues relating to corporate strategy and investment behaviour of Multinational Enterprises in the economies of less industrialised countries, including: - public policy - strategic management - human resource development, institutional reform and infrastructural upgrading.
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