Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0467.2011.00360.x
Title: Foreign Direct Investment, Institutional Context And The Changing Polish Pig Industry
Authors: Micek, G.
Neo, H. 
Górecki, J.
Keywords: Agriculture
Economic geography
Foreign direct investment
Institutions
Pig
Poland
Issue Date: Mar-2011
Source: Micek, G., Neo, H., Górecki, J. (2011-03). Foreign Direct Investment, Institutional Context And The Changing Polish Pig Industry. Geografiska Annaler, Series B: Human Geography 93 (1) : 41-55. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0467.2011.00360.x
Abstract: The world's meat market has had tremendous growth in the past decades. Global meat producers, particularly in developed economies, have grown bigger through expansion, mergers and acquisitions. The livestock markets in less developed countries are particularly the prime targets for investments by these producers. This article looks at foreign direct investment in a transitional economy, using Poland's pig industry as the empirical case study. It argues that such investments not only bring significant changes in the method of producing meat in the host country; they also have particular socio-political impacts and have thus been met with some level of resistance by local communities. Our study suggests that the relations of foreign firms to the local community are crucial for their long term presence; and these relations are in turn dependent on a gamut of place specific features and the firms' broader corporate philosophy and strategy. In general, foreign firms need to find ways to replicate the kinds of deep social-economic links between the livestock industry and places that existed in the socialist era. The case studies of American-owned Agri Plus and Danish-owned Poldanor illustrate some of the difficulties involved in the foreign investment in the meat industries while demonstrating the viability and possibility of such companies becoming more accepted and welcomed in the local communities. © The authors 2011 Geografiska Annaler: Series B © 2011 Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography.
Source Title: Geografiska Annaler, Series B: Human Geography
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/49756
ISSN: 04353684
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0467.2011.00360.x
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