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.



The changing context of regional governance of FDI in England

Author: P. Almond Date: 01 January 2014 Journal article

Sub-national labour market governance and multinational corporations in comparative perspective

Chair: Patrick Gunnigle Date: 05 July 2012 Organised event

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Locally embedded FDI? : relations between sub-national labour market and economic development institutions across four advanced economies

Author: Philip Almond Date: 02 July 2012 Conference paper/presentation

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Multinational corporations, sub-national governance and human resources

Author: Philip Almond Date: 27 March 2012 Presentation/lecture

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MNCs, sub-national governance and human resources

Speaker: Philip Almond Date: 27 March 2012 Presentation/lecture

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Feedback report for UK participants

Author: Philip Almond Date: 27 March 2012 Research summary

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Multinationals, sub-national governance and human resources : feedback event

Chair: Philip Almond Date: 23 March 2012 Organised event

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Multinational corporations, sub-national governance and human resources : feedback report for UK participants

Author: Philip Almond Date: 01 March 2012 Other Report

Sub-national governance and foreign direct investment in Spain : the case of Asturias

Author: Maria Gonzalez Date: 06 June 2011 Conference paper/presentation

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Sub-national embeddedness amid institutional instability? : the case of England

Author: Philip Almond Date: 06 June 2011 Conference paper/presentation

The sub-national embeddedness of international HRM

Author: Philip Almond Date: 01 April 2011 Journal article

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Crisis y política industrial regional : el caso de Asturias

Author: Philip Almond Date: 01 July 2010 Conference paper/presentation

Start date
31 May 2009
End date
31 December 2011
Grant holder
Dr Philip Almond
Co-applicants
Dr Tomila Lankina
Professor Olga Tregaskis
Professor Anthony Ferner
Grant amount
£151,224.27
Grant reference
RES-062-23-1886
Discipline
Management & Business Studies
Management and Business Studies
Grant type