Portugal and FDI Attraction: A Multi-Criteria Approach

Simões, V. C.
December 1988
Management International Review;1988, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p42
Portugal is actively promoting the inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI). To be successful, however, such policy requires some extent of selectivity. Specific targets need to be clearly identified and set down. FDI issues have been rather complex and should not be approached from a single viewpoint. An uneven orientation, emphasizing one issue only, such as employment generation or export propensity, is not correct and may create medium or long-term imbalances. In this regard, multiple criteria decision-making methodologies may be useful. They provide a guidance for the selection of targets to which the scarce human and financial resources available for FDI promotion should be committed as a matter of priority. Multicriteria analyses have already been used in the context of industrial policy. Such methodology was also applied for the definition of priority sectors for FDI inflow in Portugal. The article attempts to go a step further, profiting from the availability of a relatively broad set of statistical data. Its main purpose has been to identify the industries where the inflow of FDI in the Portuguese manufacturing sector seems to be more desirable and where FDI can better play a complementary and dynamic role opposite local entrepreneurship.


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