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Title: The history of Japanese manufacturing investment in Wales since 1972
Author: Munday, M. C. R.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1988
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Since the mid-seventies, Japanese manufacturing companies have come to play an increasingly important role in the economy of Wales. The Japanese companies have won for themselves an image as innovative employers who use new organisational techniques, and as such they are becoming a highly promising industrial segment within Wales. Indeed, Wales has one of the largest concentrations of Japanese foreign direct investment in Europe. This thesis is a history of this Japanese manufacturing investment in Wales. The initial parts of this investigation examine the growth of Japanese foreign direct investment in the post-war period, and its spread to Europe, and the UK. Turning to a consideration of Wales in particular, the thesis then examines the success of Wales in attracting such a concentration of Japanese manufacturers, and investigates how this has been achieved. The core of the work considers aspects of the operational experience of the Japanese in Wales, and further the short term, and long term effects appertaining to the presence of the Japanese. A series of case studies considering the histories of specific Japanese projects in Wales, is used to confirm some of the conclusions reached in earlier parts of the thesis. From this examination it will be possible to show that the Japanese have had a successful experience of Wales, and that beneficial effects have flowed to the region at a time when indigenous investment has been in short supply. Having shown that it will be in the interests of Wales to continue to attract such investment, the final part of the work attempts to forecast whether Wales will be able to attract more such investment in the future. This topic is considered in the light of increasing competition from other regions of the UK and Europe to attract such internationally mobile capital projects.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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