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Cost competitive places: the winners and losers in the global flows of foreign direct investment

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dc.contributor.author Collins, Patrick
dc.contributor.author Grimes, Seamus
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-16T16:15:44Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-16T16:15:44Z
dc.date.issued 2010-02
dc.identifier.citation Collins, P. and Grimes, S. (2010) "Cost competitive places: the winners and losers in the global flows of foreign direct investment", CISC Working Paper no. 33 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/2480
dc.description.abstract In the early days of 2009 the city of Limerick in the mid-west region of Ireland was dealt a massive blow by the PC manufacturer Dell. After months, if not years of speculation, the company had finally decided to move all its European manufacturing from Limerick to Lodz in Poland. Amongst the many reasons cited, from the global economic downturn to a shifting market, cost competitiveness became the clear determining factor. The media coverage was extensive with the headline "Dell Closes" bandied about in national and regional press. Though of little consolation to the 1,900 left without a job, the fact remains that Dell has not closed its Limerick operation, where it will continue to employ upwards of 1,000 in sales support and research and development. We use the Dell story as an exemplar of the Irish Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) story. Comparing it to other restructurings by foreign-owned technology companies both in Ireland and beyond we will attempt to uncover the complexity of shifting competitiveness and competencies among branches of global operations. While the case of Dell, among others, may serve to support the political economy view of large multinational corporations, we see the picture as being more complex and in this paper look at a mixture of globalist and localist viewpoints in attempting to uncover the shifting spatial dynamics of cost competitiveness. en_US
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dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher CISC en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CISC Working Papers;33
dc.subject Europe en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject Dell en_US
dc.subject Territorial competitiveness en_US
dc.subject Affilitate evolution en_US
dc.subject Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC) en_US
dc.title Cost competitive places: the winners and losers in the global flows of foreign direct investment en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en_US

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