By Lou Anne A. Barclay, Alan Rugman

The Caribbean international locations of Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad-Tobago characterize first-class examples of the more and more vital function performed via international Direct funding (FDI) in much less constructed, micro-economies. The elevated dependence of those international locations on FDI, although, calls into query the recognition of the company surroundings of the zone to the international investor. This quantity examines either the funding behaviour and company innovations working in those 3 international locations, and assesses the criteria which impression the motivations, place offerings and marketplace access mode of multinationals making investments within the Caribbean.

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The ‘Double Diamond’ model has been developed in recognition of the limitations inherent in the single diamond of competitive advantage as proposed by Porter (1990). Essentially, Porter postulates that a global firm develops its sources of competitive advantage in its home country. By competitive advantage, Porter means the ability of indigenous firms to achieve international competitiveness. He details the characteristics of a favourable ‘proximate’ environment in his model of the determinants of national competitive advantage (Porter 1990:69–130).

Using hypotheses drawn from the international business literature, the subsequent chapters will analyse the relative success of these initiatives. 3 The motivations for foreign direct investment Introduction The foreign investment decision process is a complex succession of acts, rather than a single, identifiable act (Aharoni 1966:4). This study seeks to examine three elements of this multidimensional, evolutionary process. They include: 1 The factors that motivate the firm to engage in production abroad 2 The factors that influence its choice of location 3 The factors that determine its international entry mode While the above issues are by no means exhaustive, this study asserts that these are the main ones that confront strategic planners of business enterprises.

The following section examines the location theories. Theories on the location of foreign direct investment The developing countries traditionally have been viewed as sites for locating low-cost, labour-intensive activities or securing access to natural resources. Hence, several of the location theories, which focus on developing countries, address these issues. The two theories discussed below explore the reasons for MNEs locating their factor-intensive activities in developing regions. The international product cycle theory Vernon (1966) sought to understand the continuous shifts in international trade and investment that had characterised the post-World War II international economy.

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