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This book examines the practices of a number of internationally linked businesses, some headquartered in the developing areas and others in developed countries, and asks to what extent these businesses have aided the economic growth and helped to reduce the poverty of developing areas. Each case-study is embedded in historical accounts that review the unique set of prospects and difficulties of each developing area. The book looks at both instructive examples and missed opportunities, cases in which these firms have added to the economic value of developing areas and cases with much more ambiguous outcomes. The book argues that whether international firms have a positive impact on these developing areas depends on the degree to which businesses view their operations as occasions to develop their assets over time or rather to minimize expenses. The essays in the book, written by an international team of scholars from the developing and developed world, view the practices of individual businesses from a value-added perspective. The authors analyse to what degree and in what ways these firms have added to or depleted the stocks of financial, productive, human, social and natural assets of the areas in which they have been working. The essays in the book, written by an international team of scholars from the developing and developed world, view the practices of individual businesses from a value-added perspective. The authors analyse to what degree and in what ways these firms have added to or depleted the stocks of financial, productive, human, social and natural assets of the areas in which they have been working. A team of more than two dozen researchers from the developed and developing countries conducted the research on which the essays on this and subsequent volumes are based. Dr Frederick Bird from Concordia University in Montreal directed the overall research project.

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