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Irelands foreign-owned technology sector: evolving towards sustainability?

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dc.contributor.author Grimes, Seamus
dc.contributor.author Collins, Patrick
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-28T10:31:19Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-28T10:31:19Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Grimes, S., Collins, P. (2008) 'Irelands foreign-owned technology sector: evolving towards sustainability?'. Growth and Change, 39 (3):436-463. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1468-2257
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/2587
dc.description.abstract For some, Ireland¿s pursuit of an exogenous-led development model has proved to be the cornerstone of recent economic success. Others point to recent high-profile closures and argue that foreign-owned operations are attracted to Ireland solely because of the advantageous tax breaks and lucrative grants scheme offered by the Irish government.We pay tribute to both arguments by pushing the level of enquiry beyond that of supply and backward linkages to try and gauge the actual performance of affiliates themselves. This brings some interesting facets of the Irish foreign direct investment scene to light. We highlight complexity of process, attainment of broader investment remits, and the emergence of a managerial class as integral to the ability of affiliates to adapt to and exploit organisational change. By examining 10 case studies and making use of media searches and company interviews,we highlight evidence of Ireland¿s largest technology transnational corporation affiliates showing positive performance advances. With these movements come, what we term,increased nodal significance of Irish operations within the global production network of their corporations.We argue against policy and theories that see these movements as linear and provide evidence of how some Irish operations have leveraged control and gained significant regional and global remits that have resulted in their growing significance, both in the corporation and in the country in which they are based. In the same line we argue that embeddedness in terms of supply linkages does not fit the Irish case and instead employ the term ¿network anchoring¿ of affiliates as they increase their nodal weighting through increased mandates. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI) Cycle 3 & 4 en_US
dc.format Grimes, S., Collins, P. (2008) Irelands foreign-owned technology sector: evolving towards sustainability?. Growth and Change, 39 (3):436-463 en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Wiley en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Growth and Change en
dc.subject Foreign direct investment en_US
dc.subject Network anchoring en_US
dc.title Irelands foreign-owned technology sector: evolving towards sustainability? en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.date.updated 2012-02-14T14:33:24Z
dc.local.publishedsource http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2257.2008.00433.x en_US
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed
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dc.local.contact Séamus Grimes, Dept. Of Geography & Cisc, & Cedres, Room 110, Arts/Science Building, Nui Galway. 2636 Email: seamus.grimes@nuigalway.ie
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