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Harnessing Globalization

The Promotion of Nontraditional Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America

Roy C. Nelson

Publication Year: 2009

Published by: Penn State University Press

Front Cover

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Title Page

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pp. v

Figures and Tables

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pp. vii

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pp. ix-x

As a professor of international studies at a school of international business, I became interested in how transnational corporations (TNCS) select locations for their manufacturing plants and how governments attempt to influence their decisions. I was intrigued by this topic because it had broad development implications. ...

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pp. xi-xiv

I am very grateful to many people, in numerous countries on multiple continents, who assisted me during the years when I gathered information for this book. In the course of writing this book, I spoke with hundreds of people who were very generous with their time. ...

Acronyms and Abbreviations

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pp. xv-xviii

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pp. 1-29

Many Latin American countries are taking advantage of globalization to advance their development efforts. One way they are doing this is by taking on a new and significant role, that of attracting and harnessing nontraditional foreign direct investment (FDI).1 ...

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1. Costa Rica and CINDE

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pp. 30-86

Ted Telford faced a dilemma. As the only full-time member of Intel Corporation’s worldwide site-selection team, he had to make a recommendation about where Intel should locate its first manufacturing plant in Latin America.1 After months of analysis, involving desk research and numerous field trips to potential country locations, ...

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2. Rio Grande do Sul and P

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pp. 87-119

In mid-March 1999, Keith Maxwell, senior vice president for worldwide operations, Dell Computer Corporation, looked out the window of his office in Dell’s headquarters in Round Rock, Texas, and pondered the frustrating situation he faced in Brazil, which Dell had chosen as the site of its first manufacturing plant in Latin America. ...

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3. Chile and CORFO’s High Technology Investment Promotion Program

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pp. 120-151

In early 2000, Mario Castillo, a deputy director of Corporacio´n de Fomento de la Producción (CORFO), Chile’s economic development agency, helped to devise a plan that signaled a dramatic change in direction for Chile.1 Even during the Pinochet regime and thereafter, with the supposedly market-oriented ‘‘Chilean Model’’ ...

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4. The IDA, IDA Ireland, and Forf

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pp. 152-189

In January 2000, David Lovegrove, a senior official at Forfás, the Irish government agency responsible for overseeing the direction of Ireland’s economic policy, pondered the report he held in his hands. The report was the result of the Technology Foresight Exercise, an information-gathering exercise ...

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5. Singapore’s Economic Development Board: Lessons for Latin America, Part 2

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pp. 190-219

In early 2005, Philip Yeo, co-chairman of Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) and chairman of Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR), was pleased. His vision to promote the biomedical sciences sector in Singapore seemed to be coming to fruition. ...

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pp. 220-232

For governments seeking to develop their countries or states, globalization brings opportunities as well as dangers. On one hand, a government that reacts defensively, imposing excessively severe restrictions and controls on FDI, will miss out on opportunities to gain access to foreign capital, ...


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pp. 233-252


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pp. 253-262

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780271053370
E-ISBN-10: 0271053372
Print-ISBN-13: 9780271035147
Print-ISBN-10: 0271035145

Page Count: 280
Illustrations: 1 chart/graph, 17 tables
Publication Year: 2009