Competitiveness, FDI and technological activity in East Asia

Sanjaya Lall*, Shujiro Urata

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Book/ReportBook

45 Citations (Scopus)


East Asia is the most competitive and dynamic industrial region in the developing world. This is universally acknowledged but not yet fully understood. In particular, the different strategies the 'Tiger' economies used to access and absorb foreign technologies, and the interaction of technology imports with domestic technological effort, have not been sufficiently explored. This book addresses this imbalance with new country studies on the interaction between foreign direct investment (FDI) and technological activity in building export competitiveness. The book covers China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand, highlighting different strategic approaches to building capabilities in industrial enterprises. The book also includes a general overview and studies of Japanese multinationals overseas.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages411
ISBN (Print)1843761149, 9781843761143
Publication statusPublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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