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A note on “Supply chain capability as a determinant of FDI”

Nitish Singh (Boeing Institute of International Business, John Cook School of Business, Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri, USA)

Multinational Business Review

ISSN: 1525-383X

Article publication date: 19 August 2011




The purpose of this commentary is to outline an extension of the position of the focal article regarding importance of location‐based advantages, and to provide a critique related to conceptual development of country‐level supply chain capability (SCC).


The paper takes the form of a commentary and a critique of the country‐level SCC concept.


The author sees this study by Alam and Bagchi as a good starting point for research on the mechanisms of resource picking at national level to develop national‐level capabilities.

Research limitations/implications

It will be interesting to see how capabilities at country level lead to emergence of unique, country‐specific advantages around specific industries or industry clusters.


The commentary emphasizes how climate change concerns and environmental proactivity are emerging as important drivers of location‐specific advantages related to local production and logistics environment. Furthermore, this commentary raises important questions regarding country‐level capability development.



Singh, N. (2011), "A note on “Supply chain capability as a determinant of FDI”", Multinational Business Review, Vol. 19 No. 3, pp. 253-255.



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