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Lecture of Prof. Jeremy Clegg and Dr. Hinrich Voss: European Integration and Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in the EU
Mon, Dec 10, 2012, 10.30–12 h
The IN-EAST invites to a lecture of Professor L. Jeremy Clegg and Dr. Hinrich Voss:
European Integration and Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in the EU
Venue: Campus Duisburg, Building LF, Room LF 310
Time: Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, 10:30–12:00 h
While the amount of Chinese direct investment entering the European Union is, overall, still vanishingly small by comparison with advanced economy investors, it is nevertheless highly significant: it is significant because it points to a future in which Chinese investors have the potential to become numerous and major players within European industry, with all that this entails. First, bringing capital and employment, then, through the introduction of vibrant new competition, shaking up markets and industries across the EU. Governments throughout the European Union are, quite naturally, preoccupied with precisely where Chinese investors choose to locate their investments. Location determines which regions gain from the value added from inward investment, and from key activities, such as research and development operations. But the rise of Chinese investments in the EU also raises questions over impact as – in contrast with investments from advanced economies – Chinese FDI is not yet characteristically associated with the introduction of new technology, and the governance of Chinese investors has led to calls for greater scrutiny.
The EU and China are poised to enter a new era of two-way investment, with policy set to play a critical role in shaping the future of mutual investment relations.
Jeremy Clegg and Hinrich Voss report on their own research on Chinese direct investments in the European Union, and also present a distillation of the findings from the Jean Monnet Conference on this topic that was held at Leeds in April 2012.
Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and International Business Management & Director, Centre for International Business, University of Leeds (CIBUL)
Jeremy Clegg is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and International Business Management, and Director of the Centre for International Business University of Leeds (CIBUL), United Kingdom. His research interests have branched out from an early focus on the determinants of foreign direct investment, first into regional integration, then into the impact of foreign-owned firms on productivity and performance in emerging economies, particularly China, and most recently into the impact of emerging economy multinationals within the EU. His work (with Hinrich Voss) on outward FDI by Chinese firms has received research funding from the European Union. In 2008/09 he was a visiting fellow at UNCTAD in Geneva. His research, which employs both quantitative and qualitative methods, has been published in all of the major journals in International Business.
Dr. Hinrich Voss
Research Fellow, Centre for International Business, University of Leeds (CIBUL)
Hinrich Voss is a Roberts Academic Research Fellow at the Centre for International Business at University of Leeds (CIBUL). His research interests concentrate mainly on the international business strategies of multinational enterprises (MNEs) from developed and developing countries. He is conducting research on the internationalisation and the international competitiveness of mainland Chinese companies. This research strand incorporates the influence of China’s institutions on the international investment behaviour of Chinese firms. Before joining CIBUL, Hinrich Voss was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the White Rose East Asia Centre / National Institute for Chinese Studies. He is also on the advisory board of the NetImpact Chapter of LUBS.