The changing and multi-motives of FDI in SSA: evidence from Ghana.

Nyuur, Richard and Debrah, Yaw (2012) The changing and multi-motives of FDI in SSA: evidence from Ghana. In: 39th Academy of International Business (UK & Ireland Conference), 29-31 March 2012, Liverpool, UK.

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Abstract

This paper re-examines the main motives of foreign direct investment in Ghana. A number of studies in the literature have in the past examined the motives of FDI in Ghana and found that FDI inflow into the country was mainly for natural resource seeking purpose. But further regulatory changes coupled with increasing inflows of FDI into non-natural resource sectors of the economy necessitated the re-examination of the motives of FDI in Ghana. First the study shows that the main motive of FDI in Ghana has shifted from the traditional natural resource seeking to market seeking. Secondly, the paper finds that foreign firms now evaluate the fulfilment of multiple motives in African countries before deciding which country to invest. Thus, the availability of natural resource alone or large market size may not be enough to attract substantial amount of FDI as compared to a country that can meet a combination of foreign firms' multiple motives of market, efficiency, natural resources, and asset seeking reasons.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
T500 African studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2012 13:01
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 10:59
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/9217

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