Inbound Foreign Direct Investment in Mature Economies: Lessons from Japan

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Although Japan has attracted far less foreign investment than other mature economies, it can offer insights into FDI decision-making for international firms entering countries with a shrinking domestic market and increased international competition. Using a Delphi methodology with contributions from foreign direct investors and experts, Dr. Rémy Magnier-Watanabe, associate professor in the MBA Program in International Business at the Graduate School of Business Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tokyo, proposes a model of inbound FDI in Japan and identify four types of investors based on the nature of investments and market maturity, namely empire builders, rescuers, niche players, and cherry-pickers.

Several foreign companies can be seen to employ simultaneous FDI strategies, alternating rescuer, cherry-picker and niche-player approaches depending on market conditions and the firms available for takeover. Furthermore, some niche players become empire-builders over time when faced with increased competition and lower growth rates in their sector. This framework, offering both descriptive and prescriptive components, canhelp firms take advantage of investment opportunities in Japan while considering its possible applicability to other mature economies.

About the speaker

Dr. Rémy Magnier-Watanabe is an associate professor in the MBA Program in International Business at the Graduate School of Business Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tokyo. He is originally from France, where he graduated from the École de Management (BS, MS) of Grenoble. He holds an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the United States and received his PhD in Industrial Engineering and Economics from the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

His current research focuses on knowledge management, cross-cultural management, well-being at work, and international economics. Prior to his academic career, he worked in the United States for a leading French manufacturer of packaging equipment where he developed a growing interest in knowledge management and international management issues.

Date Friday, May 18, 2018
Time From 12:30 to 14:00
Venue Maison franco-japonaise (Nichifutsu Kaikan), room 601 (6th floor) 
Address 3-9-25, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku
Access JR Ebisu station, East Exit
Info 03-5421-7641
Admission fee Free of charge (but pre-registration is mandatory)
Language English (no translation)
Deadline for registration Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 17:00

This is a brown bag lunch seminar, please bring your bento or sandwiches. Coffee available.


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