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INTERNATIONAL LOCATION DECISIONS:
The objective of this study is to elicit a consensus of judgments on issues of critical factors in international location decisions and to classify these factors under type of business which firms located, location of manufacturing plant, location of parent company and the nature of business.
The major issues in this study are as follows:
Identification of motivations of firms that seek to manufacture across the borders.
Determination of steps in international location decision process.
Identifying the most difficult problem in making an international location decision and recommending ways to overcome the problem.
Identification of factors relating to international location decisions by asking the experts indicates the importance of each of the thirteen major factors using a seven-point scale. Explanatory on the importance of sub-factors and the sectors, types of business or countries in which they are most relevant.
Identifying factors that need to be considered in international location decisions under location of manufacturing plant in different geographical areas i.e. Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Japan, United Stated, Middle-East, Far-east, Africa, Latin America from experts’ points of view.
Identifying factors that need to be considered in international location decisions under location of parent company I United States, United Kingdom, Western Europe and Japan from experts’ points of view.
Identifying factors that need to be considered in international location decisions under type of business i.e. Automotive/Motor Vehicles, Electronic Products/IT and Software, Electronic Equipment and Appliances, Textiles/Apparel, Consumer products/ Food and Beverages, Rubber/Plastics, Chemical/Petroleum and Coal and other businesses from experts’ points of view.
Identifying factors that need to be considered in international location decisions under nature of firm i.e. world-class manufacturing, large company and medium-sized company by identifying the top four important factors from experts’ points of view.
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