`These studies of the international competitiveness of small open economies demonstrate the critical importance of foreign direct investment as an engine of economic development: multinational enterprises are the key drivers of international competitiveness.' - Alan M. Rugman, University of Reading, UK and former President of the Academy of International Business
`Globalization has made every country "small". The global economic crisis has made sure that every country has increasingly realised that it is "open" and "vulnerable" as well. This volume is both timely and relevant. Small country studies should become mainstream for scholars in business, economics and politics!' - Rob van Tulder, RSM Erasmus University, the Netherlands
`This book provides a fresh and clear-eyed view of the relationship between multinationals and location advantages of countries. It is one of the first attempts to build a constructive bridge between the theory of international business and the outstanding contribution of Michael Porter about the drivers of competitiveness. The authors address crucial issues demanding the attention of teachers, researchers, practitioners and political leaders.' - Philippe Gugler, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
This unique, extensive Handbook illustrates that multinational enterprises can contribute substantially to the competitive advantage of small countries. It advances the notion that small nations increasingly need to rely on both home-grown and foreign multinational enterprises to achieve domestic economic success in industries characterized by international competition.
The expert contributors explore the roles of firms in a range of small, successful open economies driven by such multinational enterprises across the globe. They juxtapose country data sets against Professor Michael Porter's paradigm of single diamond components and show that these single diamond components reflect merely a set of initial conditions, which can be improved upon through both inward and outward direct investment.
Concluding that multinational enterprises create resource linkages between the home and host environments in which they operate, this Handbook proves to be a fascinating read to academics, students and researchers with an interest in business and management, economics and international economics.