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Inward foreign investment and the clustering process: the case of the medical technology sector in Ireland

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dc.contributor.author Giblin, Majella
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-16T13:52:01Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-16T13:52:01Z
dc.date.issued 2008-12
dc.identifier.citation Giblin, M. (2008) "Inward foreign investment and the clustering process: the case of the medical technology sector in Ireland", CISC Working Paper No. 29. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/2469
dc.description.abstract This paper investigates how, if at all, inward foreign investment can instigate a clustering process when such investment is initially attracted to a region as a result of targeted public policy rather than the existence of local sectoral capabilities. The case of the medical technology cluster in Galway on the west coast of Ireland is used to examine if FDI (foreign direct investment) can create a clustering effect in FDI-generated agglomerations. The study incorporates the collection of quantitative data from a postal questionnaire survey of the cluster member firms and qualitative data from semi-structured interviews with a sample of both indigenous and foreign-owned firms in the cluster. The empirical evidence shows that the presence of large foreign-owned MNCs (multinational corporations) results in local knowledge transfers and regional reputation effects, which together give rise to a clustering process. The research contests the view that there are generally limited local spillovers in FDI-generated clusters (De Propris and Driffield 2006) and contrary to other perspectives (Phelps 2008), it shows that external economies can be captured locally from FDI in such clusters. en_US
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dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher CISC en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CISC Working Papers;29
dc.subject Regional industrial clusters en_US
dc.subject Foreign Direct Investment en_US
dc.subject Medical Technology en_US
dc.subject Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC) en_US
dc.title Inward foreign investment and the clustering process: the case of the medical technology sector in Ireland en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en_US
dc.contributor.funder Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences en_US

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