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Formation of foreign direct investment clustering - a new path to local economic development? The case of Qingdao

Kim, JY; Zhang, LY; (2008) Formation of foreign direct investment clustering - a new path to local economic development? The case of Qingdao. REG STUD , 42 (2) 265 - 280. 10.1080/00343400601145186.

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Abstract

Regional Studies. This paper investigates the clustering of Chinese electronics manufacturers, large and small, alongside established foreign producers in Qingdao, North China. It examines how the supplier-buyer linkages between foreign invested enterprises (FIEs) and local firms have driven the development of a successful electronic industry cluster around development zones established by the local authority, underpinning the success of the large domestic firms both at home and abroad. It also analyses how FIEs' collaboration with local firms fosters local economic development in Qingdao. By integrating the theoretical perspectives of the hub-and-spoke model from economic geography and flagship-and-five partner's model in the science of strategic management, it develops its own theoretical lens to investigate the inter-firm network between the FIEs and local firms. The secret of the success of the Chinese electronic producers lies in their ability to drive, rather than being subordinate to, this network.

Type:Article
Title:Formation of foreign direct investment clustering - a new path to local economic development? The case of Qingdao
DOI:10.1080/00343400601145186
Keywords:foreign direct investment, industrial cluster, buyer-supplier linkages, China, electronics industry, INNOVATIVE REGION, INDUSTRY, CHINA, CORPORATIONS, NETWORKS, LINKAGES, GROWTH, CHAINS, FIRMS
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit

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