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Emerging-market Multinational Enterprises in East Central Europe

  • Ágnes Szunomár

Part of the Studies in Economic Transition book series (SET)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

  3. Emerging Multinationals from Asia

  4. Non-Asian Emerging Multinationals

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 323-329

About this book


The rise of multinational enterprises (MNEs) from emerging markets is topical, important and poses a number of questions and challenges that require considerable attention in the future from academia as well as business management. The recent takeovers of high-profile companies in developed or developing countries by non-European emerging-market MNEs (EMNEs) – such as Lenovo, Wanhua (China), Hindalco (India), CVRD (Brazil), Cemex (Mexico), Lukoil (Russia), etc. – as well as the greenfield or brownfield investments of emerging companies (such as Huawei, ZTE, Tata, Pepco, etc.) show a new trend where new kind of firms become major players globally. EMNEs have become important players in several regions around the globe, ranging from the least developed countries of Africa through the developing markets in Latin America and Asia to the developed countries of the United States or the European Union, including East Central European (ECE) countries.

EMNEs presence on the global level has resulted in numerous studies in the international literature but those research results barely cover EMNEs’ activities in the ECE region (in the East Central European EU member countries, including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia). The existing books typically focus on the investment activity of a single country or region (such as China or East Asia) but a comprehensive analysis is still missing in this regard. The novelty of this edited volume is that it aims at exploring EMNEs location determinants, strategies, activities and challenges in East Central Europe by discussing its anomalies to the traditional theories as well as to other types of MNEs in the ECE region. The authors focus on EMNEs not only from China but from other important emerging countries, too, such as Russia, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Brazil or South Africa.


Emerging markets Foreign direct investment Multinational enterprises East Central Europe Location determinants MNE strategies Push and pull factors

Editors and affiliations

  • Ágnes Szunomár
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of World EconomicsCentre for Economic and Regional StudiesBudapestHungary

About the editors

Ágnes Szunomár, PhD, is the head of the Research Group on Development Economics at the Institute of World Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungary. Her research focuses on East Asia, emerging markets as well as foreign direct investment issues and related policies in Central and Eastern Europe. She is also affiliated with Corvinus University of Budapest where she teaches courses on international economy and business. She led and participated in several international and Hungarian research projects, is a member of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action "China In Europe Research Network”, where she is the head of the Working Group on “Strategic sectors and infrastructure developments". She is also a member of China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe (CHOICE) network.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Emerging-market Multinational Enterprises in East Central Europe
  • Editors Ágnes Szunomár
  • Series Title Studies in Economic Transition
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies in Economic Transition
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-55164-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-55167-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-55165-0
  • Series ISSN 2662-6675
  • Series E-ISSN 2662-6683
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 329
  • Number of Illustrations 24 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Asian Economics
    European Economics
    Development Economics
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