Lesson 2. International Investment: Theory and Practice. Lesson 2 International Investment. Reading: Chap. 3, Book 1; Chap. 2 & 3, Book 2 Overview: Foreign Indirect Investment vs. FDI Investment vs. Speculation Motives for Making FDI
Theory and Practice
Reading: Chap. 3, Book 1; Chap. 2 & 3, Book 2
Foreign Indirect Investment vs. FDI
Investment vs. Speculation
Motives for Making FDI
Organizational Forms of Multinational Enterprise
Characteristics of the Multinational Enterprise
Modern Theories of FDI and Multinationals
Porter’s Diamond Model
Nestlé’s Global Drive
A Global Challenge for Kodak
Aflac’s Success in Japan
2 types: (1) Foreign Indirect Investment (FII) or
International Portfolio Investment
Investing on international financial assets.
e.g. foreign bonds or stocks
(2) Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
Establish joint venture or subsidiary
Note: FII can be transformed into FDI.
Under what condition?
The shareholding of a company exceeds 10% of its stock in most cases.
2.1.1 International Portfolio Investment
Q: How do investment & speculation differ? Any example?
Find the differences between
investment & speculation
Warren Buffett George Soros
“God of Stocks” “Greatest Money Manager”
Mainly stable income v.s.
profiting from price changes
Long-lasting war v.s. quick battles
Fundamental analysis v.s. technical analysis
Prudent (稳健的) v.s. aggressive (激进的)
FDI is made to establish
(a) International ownership & control:
Establish joint venture or subsidiary
(b) Multinational Operations
Nestlé’s Global Drive
(1) How does Nestlé display basic characteristics of the Multinational Enterprise (MNE)?
(2) What’s the motive for Nestlé to invest in other countries? Generally speaking, what are different motives for the MNEs to make FDI? Explain.
It is derived from certain proprietary intangible assets, such as superior managerial skills, patented and unpatented innovations.
International ties of common ownership
It enables the parent and its subsidiaries to draw on a common pool of resources such as patents, trademarks, research facilities, information and human capital.
Transnational intrafirm trade
More than 60% of world trade takes place within multinational enterprises.
(2) cheap labor;
(3) raw materials;
(4) information and technology;
(5) free trade;
(6) tax reduction.
Does MNE or MNF differ from MNC or TNC?
MNE (Multinational enterprise), MNF (Multinational firm)
MNC (Multinational Corp. ) TNC ( Transnational Corp.)
The Multinational Enterprise (MNE) can take any of the following legal forms:
Sole Proprietorship: One owner with unlimited liability
Partnership：Multiple owners with unlimited liability
Corporation：Stockholders with limited liability
Operational organization in foreign countries can be:
Branch: No independent legal status.
Subsidiary: Independent legal entity entitled to issue its own stock and bonds.
Q：Is there an one-person-corporation, i.e., shareholding company?
A corporation set up there
a. pay no taxes;
b. can have only one shareholder;
c. can have one board member;
d. needn’t issue an annual report;
e. can use any currency for registration;
f. can use any amount for registered capital.
Aflac’s Success in Japan
1. Based on Aflac’s experience, what conditions should a firm have to make foreign direct investment in a foreign country?
2. Can its success be duplicated in China?
American Family Life Insurance of Columbus founded in
1955. Now it’s the world’s leading seller of cancer insurance,
and one of the most successful foreign companies in Japan.
Founders: John Amos &…
Tipping Point: John attended the Osaka World’s Fair in
1970, and saw people wearing masks for fear of
getting sick. He came up with the idea of
selling cancer insurance to Japanese.
Events: In 1974, it started its business in Japan;
In 1994, it insured one in four Japanese households;
The subsidiary generated 70% of Aflac’s pretax earnings;
Between 1990 and 2002, the subsidiary repatriated over $1 billion to the parent company.
(1) FDI Advantage Hypothesis
Seminal analysis of the MNF by Stephen Hymer (1960), who introduced industrial organization theory (IOT) to the study of FDI.
IOT explains firms’ performance under different market structures .
Q. What’s the basic problem of making FDI?
Firm’s proprietary asset
compete against local firms make FDI
Peter Buckley & Mark Casson
Q. Given the costs of foreignness, why does the MNF choose internalization over market transactions?
A、Internalization of proprietary assets can best realize their full value;
B、The MNF is the result of internalizing markets across national borders.
According to John H. Dunning, The MNC must have three advantages:
(i) Ownership advantage: a proprietary asset to give it firm-specific advantage
(ii) Location advantage: favorable investment conditions as country-specific advantage
(iii) Internalization advantage: Internalization of the proprietary asset across national borders can best realize its full value.
Q. 1. Based on Aflac’s experience, what conditions should a firm have to make FDI?
1. (1) Ownership Advantage:
The firm possesses proprietary knowledge
(2) Location Advantage:
Japan is a well-developed economy. Income and purchasing power are high. Besides, in-house sales subsidiaries in Japanese corporations can be set up to handle insurance sales.
(3) Internalization Advantage
Aflac cannot realize full value of its proprietary asset through market transactions like franchising.
Firm Structure, Strategy
Related & Supported
Firm Structure & Rivalry
（ in-house sales subsidiaries,
insurers, intense competition）
（plenty human resources,
low cost, good infra.
（more civilian-run firms, rising
income, medical system reform
credible foreign insurance）
Related & Supported Industry
（fast-developing financial industry,
more investment channels, rapid
expansion of foreign banks）
Q (ii) Can its success be duplicated in China?
Factor conditions: +
Firm structure & rivalry 0
Supporting industries: +
On the whole, there are location advantages.
In addition, Aflac has a proven business model. Thus, success is very likely.
According to Aliber, a financial economist:
Foreign direct investment is a currency area phenomenon.
Firms in countries with strong currencies have a currency-area advantage. They can acquire foreign firms and production facilities at low costs in countries with weak currencies.
strong, and U.S. made substantial FDI in Europe and other countries. During the 1970s and early 1980s, German mark and Japanese yen were appreciating, and there were extensive German and Japanese outward investments and the invasion of the U.S. by European MNFs. Given this development, Aliber’s theory seems to explain well the direction of MNF’s investment in the post-war world. But Aliber’s theory has never been widely accepted, why?
(1) FDI is a long-term strategic commitment while current currency value is a short-term phenomenon. Relying on the short-term market bias to account for the long-term decision making is not logically convincing.
（2）It is inadequate to explain cross-investment between currency areas.
(p12, Book 1) Kodak’s crisis:
In early 80’s, Fuji had control over 70% of domestic film market, and started an aggressive expansion into north America and European markets, which threatened Kodak’s dominant position there. Worse yet, Fuji undercut prices, and captured large market share, Kodak’s profit sagged.
(1) What mode of entry did Kodak use for Japanese market prior to 1980s? Why?
(2) What strategy did Kodak adopt to counterattack Fuji’s aggressive expansion into North America markets? Why?
(3) How can Kodak thrive in the new era of digital cameras?
(2) From licensing to export + joint venture strategy
Set up joint venture with a Japanese distributor, establish its distribution and marketing channel, and spend heavily on promotion.
Reasons for the Strategic Change：
a. Exports + FDI can bring in more profits than licensing；
b. Offense is the best defense.
Kodak had great success in Japan. In 1990, its sales in Japan reached $1.3 billion. Fuji had to defend its home market, and withdrew a group of best senior executives from abroad.
(3) Be a leader in digital cameras, or diversify its biz?
International Portfolio Investment differs from FDI;
Investment and speculation have different characteristics;
MNE can take various legal organization forms;
Main motivations for FDI are seeking resources, markets, and efficiency;
Mode of entry into a foreign market is an important strategic decision (Kodak);
OLI advantages theory offers a guideline for making FDI decision;
Porter’s diamond model provides a useful framework for evaluating location advantages.
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Topic: International Trade: Theory & Practice
Reading: Chap. 4 & 5, Book 1; Chap. 3 & 17, Book 2
Content: Rationale of International Trade
International Trade Terms
Remittance & Collection
Letters of Credit
Case Study: An Exchange between Tom & Huck
Can Lee & Wang Help Each Other?
An unexpected development
What type of L/C is it?
Knowledge acquisition vs. skill acquisition
There are tricks of trade!