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KBS Spring Research Seminar: An Investigation of the Socio-Economic Factors Influencing the Location Decisions of Chinese Multinational Enterprises in Ireland

Title: An Investigation of the Socio-Economic Factors Influencing the Location Decisions of Chinese Multinational Enterprises in Ireland
Presenter:
  Yanyi Wang
Date: 11/04/2018
Venue: S2-08

The 2018 Spring Series of Research Seminars at the Kemmy Business School continues at 1pm on Wednesday this week (room S2-08) with a presentation by recent PhD graduate, Yanyi Wang, based on work from her thesis which was supervised by Patrick Gunnigle and Jonathan Lavelle of the Quality of Work Research Cluster. The title and abstract of the presentation are: 

This paper investigates and explores the impact of the socio-economic factors on the location decisions of Chinese multinational enterprises (MNEs) investing in Ireland, notably including market, infrastructure, logistics, corporate tax, financial grants, industrial promotion agencies, business laws, language, culture and some political considerations. The paper addresses a significant gap in the international business literature by empirically investigating Chinese MNEs investing in a small and developed Western economy. It makes a substantial conceptual and empirical contribution to the existing literature on the pertinent areas under investigation. Furthermore, this work sheds light on an anomalous phenomenon in the international business domain, vis-a-vis the surprisingly low levels of Chinese FDI/MNEs in Ireland despite Ireland’s reputation as a magnet for MNE activity. More broadly, this paper provides valuable information and practical implications for public-policy makers and institutional actors, particularly in terms of how they might develop more effective incentives or approaches to attract FDI from Chinese MNEs.