Journal of International Business Studies

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 445–467

Network Linkages and Location Choice in Foreign Direct Investment

  • Homin Chen
  • Tain-jy Chen

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8490002

Cite this article as:
Chen, H. & Chen, T. J Int Bus Stud (1998) 29: 445. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8490002


This paper shows that network linkage is an important determinant of location choice in foreign direct investment (FDI). Network linkages are divided into internal (intra-firm) and external (inter-firm) linkages. External linkages are further separated into strategic and relational linkages. We found that Taiwanese firms are keen on making external linkages, but are indifferent to, or incapable of, making internal linkages through FDI. Strategic linkages motivate Taiwanese FDI in the United States, while relational linkages facilitate Taiwanese FDI in Southeast Asia and China. Small firms are more sensitive to relational linkages than large firms in their choice of FDI location.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Homin Chen
    • 1
  • Tain-jy Chen
    • 2
  1. 1.National Chi-Nan University
  2. 2.National Taiwan University