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dc.contributor.authorGrimes, Seamus
dc.contributor.authorCollins, Patrick
dc.identifier.citationGrimes, S., Collins, P. (2008) 'Irelands foreign-owned technology sector: evolving towards sustainability?'. Growth and Change, 39 (3):436-463.en_US
dc.description.abstractFor 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.sponsorshipProgramme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI) Cycle 3 & 4en_US
dc.formatGrimes, S., Collins, P. (2008) Irelands foreign-owned technology sector: evolving towards sustainability?. Growth and Change, 39 (3):436-463en_US
dc.relation.ispartofGrowth and Changeen
dc.subjectForeign direct investmenten_US
dc.subjectNetwork anchoringen_US
dc.titleIrelands foreign-owned technology sector: evolving towards sustainability?en_US
dc.local.contactSéamus Grimes, Dept. Of Geography & Cisc, & Cedres, Room 110, Arts/Science Building, Nui Galway. 2636 Email:

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