This lecture is a part of the Global Open Courses initiative, launched by Tsinghua University). Unlike the Fall 2021 edition where every lecture of the eight courses will be made available, the Spring 2022 edition will only be making 1-2 lectures openly available to the public (this is mainly because of the misaligned academic calendars across universities globally).

This lecture is a part of the course, “Management of Global Enterprises”. The main content of this section focuses on “enterprise-level foreign investment strategy“, including the following three key questions:

  • How to evaluate ownership advantages (“O”)?
  • How to evaluate location advantages (“L”)?
  • Why invest abroad (“I”)?

Specifically, based on Professor Dunning’s OLI (Ownership, Location, Internalization) theory, we will analyze the internalization advantages, location advantages and ownership advantages of enterprises, and use Professor Don Lessard’s RAT (Relevant, Appropriable, Transferable) and CAT (Complementary, Appropriable, Transferable) test to analyze the foreign investment behavior of enterprises.

Time: April 11th, 14:00-17:20, Beijing time (GMT+8)

Link for live stream (and replay):

CHEN Taotao
professor of School of Economics & Management, Tsinghua University;
director of Latin-America Center, Tsinghua University


CHEN Taotao is a professor of the School of Economics & Management, Tsinghua University and the director of Latin America Center, Tsinghua University. Her main research areas are “Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)” “International Business” and “Globalization and Strategy”. She has published more than 30 papers on the topic of FDI spillover, Chinese Companies investing abroad, and has presided research projects supported by National Science Foundation, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Commerce etc. In recent years, Prof. Chen Taotao put more efforts on the topics such as The Business Environment in US & Latin America and The capability of Chinese Young MNCs etc. During the research process, Professor Chen has visited more than 50 branches of Chinese companies who have invested in US and Latin American countries, and collaborated with think tanks, multi-development banks, such as ECLAC, IDB, CAF, as well as top universities, such as MIT in US, Toronto University in Canada, Catholic University in Chile, etc. Besides, she has been invited to attend international forums, such as World Economic Forum, Emerging Market Forums, making speeches and being engaged into different kinds of debates.

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