The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on the Presence of Chinese and Indian Firms in Europe - 9781845195083

Un libro in lingua di Francoise Hay Christian Milelli Yunnan Shi edito da Paul & Co Pub Consortium, 2012

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This book investigates the presence of Chinese and Indian companies in Europe and the impact that the current global financial crisis has had on their corporate behavior and strategies. Have investments been canceled or postponed? Has the crisis created new opportunities for investment? Is the behavior of Chinese and Indian firms similar in these circumstances? In addressing these questions, the authors used a proprietary database encompassing more than 1,500 investments - greenfield operations, mergers-and-acquisitions, joint ventures, and horizontal/vertical extensions - made throughout Europe by companies from China (both mainland China and Hong Kong) and India since the 1990s. Comparisons are made according to several criteria - e.g. spatial patterns, modes of entry, sector, and function distribution - to pinpoint differences and likenesses. In addition, face-to-face interviews were conducted in order to elaborate congruent case studies in traditional sectors (textile/clothing), or in new sectors (software for Chinese companies). The crisis has had an impact on both investors in the following terms: lower amounts of investment, more merger-and-acquisition deals in absolute and relative terms, more focus on the largest economies (particularly the UK), a targeting of specific assets, critical technologies, international management capability, renowned brands, and sale networks. In conclusion, in the years following the global financial crisis, Indian investments in Europe have been more significantly affected than Chinese investments, due, to a large extent, to Chinese companies' support from the State.

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