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A framework for foreign direct investment attraction

Jun 14, 2016

Mordue Framework

LONDON, ON – June 14, 2016 – Large scale investment decisions are not made based on data alone, but by individuals with insights and agendas. This is a key finding and common theme found in the latest research from the Attracting Global Mandates series from the Ivey Business School’s Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management.

Greig Mordue’s paper A Framework for Foreign Direct Investment Attraction argues that foreign direct investment decisions are based on more than dispassionate economic analysis. Mordue emphasizes the critical personal contributions of both public leaders and corporate champions committed to the FDI process. These are the leaders who are prepared to expend or risk their personal capital to catalyze the process.

“An understanding of the role and influence of persuasive personalities and the relationships they forge is necessary to any interpretation of the inward FDI attraction process,” said Greig Mordue, Arcelor Mittal Chair in Advanced Manufacturing at McMaster University and Fellow of Ivey’s Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management. “Catalyzing personalities must exist within investing organizations as well as the jurisdictions seeking investments.”

Media wishing to learn more about Mordue’s findings can contact Ivan Langrish, Senior Manager, Media Strategy at or by phone at 416-203-0664.

Links to papers in the Attracting Global Mandates series:

About the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management

The Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management bridges business strategy and government policy to contribute to Canada’s global competitiveness. The Centre educates future business leaders in public policy and government leaders in business strategy and conducts leading-edge research on major issues that involve business-government coordination.

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The Ivey Business School ( at Western University is Canada’s leading provider of relevant, innovative and comprehensive business education. Drawing on extensive research and business experience, Ivey faculty provide the best classroom experience, equipping graduates with the skills and capabilities they need to tackle the leadership challenges in today’s complex business world. Ivey offers world-renowned undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as Executive Education at campuses in London (Ontario), Toronto and Hong Kong.

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