This research aims to understand the relationships at a regional level between the local operations of foreign multinationals and 'governance actors', such as local, regional and national government, regional development agencies, training institutions, social partners, etc.
It looks at how these relationships affect the types of investment which regions compete for, and any wider impact on how the regional economy is coordinated.
The research has a specific focus on human resources, as the skills available on the local labour market are one of the main ways localities and regions can be distinctive. It explores how the availability of skills affects multinationals' decisions on work organisation; how such firms try to shape the skills available locally; and other ways in which multinationals try to influence the employment rules under which they operate locally.
Research will be carried out, with international partners, in two regions in each of four countries (the UK, Canada, Ireland and Spain). The research will involve interviews with individuals who have significant roles in local and regional development and governance, and with local managers in multinationals in each region. It will also map the structure of regional networks involved in the attraction and retention of foreign direct investment.
Author: P. Almond Date: 01 January 2014 Journal article
Chair: Patrick Gunnigle Date: 05 July 2012 Organised event
Author: Philip Almond Date: 02 July 2012 Conference paper/presentation
Author: Philip Almond Date: 27 March 2012 Presentation/lecture
Speaker: Philip Almond Date: 27 March 2012 Presentation/lecture
Author: Philip Almond Date: 27 March 2012 Research summary
Chair: Philip Almond Date: 23 March 2012 Organised event
Author: Philip Almond Date: 01 March 2012 Other Report
Author: Maria Gonzalez Date: 06 June 2011 Conference paper/presentation
Author: Philip Almond Date: 06 June 2011 Conference paper/presentation
Author: Philip Almond Date: 01 April 2011 Journal article
Author: Philip Almond Date: 01 July 2010 Conference paper/presentation