A study of foreign direct investment in the automotive sector with special reference to the Slovak Republic

Pollard, David (2007) A study of foreign direct investment in the automotive sector with special reference to the Slovak Republic. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The purpose of this dissertation is to examine the impact Foreign Direct Investment has had on the automotive industry in Slovakia and if such an impact can be measured accurately. I chose this topic because of an interest in the emerging manufacturing countries of automotive sector, a curiosity about the nature of growth of the industry in Central Europe and an interest at looking at FDI from a geographical perspective. I begin by covering the relevant theories and schools of thought on foreign investment and then provide an understanding of the current automotive industry and its history from the rise of mass production to lean production, so a solid background can be established for the application of applying the information to the case study country of Slovakia. A background of Slovakia's automotive industry is outlined with basic dates, production numbers and the three big automotive investments. I have then posed the key questions of the study and explained why and how I have arrived at these questions. The remainder of the study evaluates and discusses my findings, drawing conclusions where necessary and posing questions that have arisen from my study. I have concentrated on understanding if the automotive sector is a key motor in growth in Slovakia and I ask is Foreign Investment a good thing, suggesting that is it. Such as how we can accurately link Foreign Direct Investment and growth with reductions in unemployment.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/411

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