Journal of International Business Studies

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 335–357

Foreign Direct Investment and Investment under Uncertainty


  • Pietra Rivoli
    • Georgetown University and University College Dublin
  • Eugene Salorio
    • Georgetown University

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8490138

Cite this article as:
Rivoli, P. & Salorio, E. J Int Bus Stud (1996) 27: 335. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8490138


We show that in uncertain environments ownership and internalization advantages may be negatively rather than positively associated with FDI. This reversal from extant theory occurs because ownership advantages often serve to make FDI delayable, while internalization advantages often serve to make it less reversible. When FDI becomes either more delayable or less reversible, it is less likely to occur at a point in time. Our approach enriches the “who,” “where” and “why” explanations offered by current FDI theory to incorporate the question of “when.”

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