Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/102977
Authors: 
Arvanitis, Spyros
Hollenstein, Heinz
Stucki, Tobias
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
KOF Working Papers, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich 348
Abstract: 
The relevance of services FDI strongly increased over the last two decades. As goods and services differ with respect to important characteristics, one may expect that the determinants of internationalisation are not identical in manufacturing and the service sector. However, there is practically no firm-level research contrasting the two sectors in this respect. In order to fill this gap, we seek to identify for manufacturing and services, firstly, the determinants of a firm's propensity to go international (exports and/or foreign direct investment) and, secondly, the factors determining the complexity of a firm's direct foreign activities in terms of business functions. We find that an OLI-based model can be used to explain not only the propensity to go intenational but also differences between two specific forms of direct foreign investment for both the manufacturing and the service sector.
Subjects: 
Manufacturing vs. services internationalisation
offshoring vs. exports
internationalisation of business functions
multinational companies
international business strategy
JEL: 
F23
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
289.55 kB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.