Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 80, Issue 4, pp 677–695 | Cite as

The Effect of National Corporate Responsibility Environment on Japanese Foreign Direct Investment

  • George Z. PengEmail author
  • Paul W. Beamish


We examine the relationship between Japanese foreign direct investment (FDI) and the national corporate responsibility (NCR) environment in host countries using corporate social responsibility and international business theories. Based on data from the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Finance AccountAbility, and other sources, we find that the level of NCR has a positive relationship with FDI inflow for developing countries. The relationship for developed countries is negative but not statistically significant. The underlying host country development stage moderates the relationship. The results can help deepen understanding of FDI behaviors and have practical implications for host countries in terms of attracting FDI.


corporate social responsibility corruption development stage institutions Japanese foreign direct investment national corporate responsibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Richard Ivey School of BusinessUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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