Essays in Honor of John Dunning
Edited by H. Peter Gray
Chapter 2: A Variant of the Eclectic Paradigm Linking Direct and Portfolio Investment
John R. Dilyard INTRODUCTION Among all the forces that have shaped the fortunes of multinational corporations and the history of globalization since the latter half of the 20th century, none has surpassed foreign direct investment (FDI) in its inﬂuence and scope. Likewise, no other force has been as scrutinized as FDI; it has been the focal point of international business literature for much of the last forty years. A leading voice in the creation of that literature has been John H. Dunning, whose contributions to current understanding of all aspects of FDI are voluminous. Indeed, it would be diﬃcult to imagine a work on FDI today that did not include at least one reference to Dunning. Dunning’s most signiﬁcant contributions have come in helping us understand why FDI takes place, where it is made, how it is strategically used by MNCs to improve their global competitiveness, how it aﬀects country competitiveness, how (and why) governments treat it and how it is used by industries in response to changing competitive conditions (Dunning, 1970; 1981a; 1986; 1988b; 1993a). Thanks to Dunning, we have come to know FDI as a mode of entry into a foreign market, the exercise of an advantage held by a MNC over its rivals, and as a transfer mechanism for eﬃciency, technology and skills across national and ﬁrm borders. It is also a means by which economic development can be enhanced through the creation of jobs and the dissemination of skills and a...
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