Journal of International Business Studies

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 177–199 | Cite as

Some macro-data on the regionalisation/globalisation debate: a comment on the Rugman/Verbeke analysis

  • John H DunningEmail author
  • Masataka Fujita
  • Nevena Yakova


This paper critiques an earlier contribution by Rugman and Verbeke (2004); and it does so by considering the global distribution of foreign direct investment (FDI). It also adds several new dimensions to the regionalisation/globalisation debate, noticeably by (i) the incorporation of inward multinational enterprise (MNE) activity, (ii) evaluating changes in the geography of FDI between 1990 and 2003, and (iii) the introduction of the concept of revealed investment comparative advantage (RICA) of countries and regions. While broadly supporting the findings of Rugman and Verbeke, our paper shows that much of the explanation for the regional concentration of FDI and MNE activity reflects that of the gross domestic product (GDP) and trade of the countries concerned, rather than any distinctive strategy on the part of investing firms.


Rugman and Verbeke FDI regionalization and globalization 



Arie Y Lewin and two anonymous reviewers provided helpful comments on an earlier version of this article. The authors are also grateful to Lizanne Martinez for statistical assistance. The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of their respective organisation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John H Dunning
    • 1
    Email author
  • Masataka Fujita
    • 2
  • Nevena Yakova
    • 3
  1. 1.Reading University Business SchoolReadingUK
  2. 2.Investment Trends Section, United Nations Conference on Trade and DevelopmentGenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.Rutgers UniversityNew JerseyUSA

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