Terrorism and the International Business Environment
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Terrorism and the International Business Environment

The Security–Business Nexus

Edited by Gabriele G.S. Suder

This book was born from the editor’s conviction that a wide set of contributors should provide the economic and corporate sectors with guidelines, developed from rigorous research and case studies, to analyse those adjustments made necessary through international terrorism, as known since September 11th 2001. It argues that corporate asset protection and accurate business risk assessment is vital to the longevity, and resilience of business.
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Chapter 8: Global Investment and Trade Flows: A Framework for Understanding

John McIntyre and Eric Ford Travis

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8. Global investment and trade flows: a framework for understanding John McIntyre and Eric Ford Travis ‘. . . quand on cède à la peur du mal, on resseut déja le mal de la peur.’ Pierre Augustin Carol de Beaumarchais (Barbier, Acte II, Scène 2) INTRODUCTION This chapter focuses on the large-scale impacts of terrorism on the international business environment and globalization. It will attempt to determine the more specific effects on international trade or the physical movement of goods across boundaries, and foreign direct investment (FDI), covering regional aspects and seeking to distinguish differential impacts on developed and developing countries. Additional attention is paid to reactive and proactive government policies enacted and how they too can equally affect the global economy. Time is utilized as a central guiding concept to consider the variegated impacts. Portfolio investment is mentioned in passing, as it is best left to specialists able to deal with the intricacies it entails. Nor does the chapter attempt to correlate an exhaustive taxonomy of the various forms of terrorisms with transnational corporate strategies nor does it delve to any depth to the international firm’s choice of market entry strategy, or various configurations of the global supply chain as a function of a global environment increasingly concerned with potential terrorist threats on the firms’ activities in home or host country settings. 8.1 SHOCK WAVES The terrorist attacks directed at the United States and the symbols of globalization on September 11, 2001 did more than...

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