This paper presents the results of an empirical investigation into the capital budgeting practices of UK multinationals for foreign direct investment, with particular reference to the use of a conceptual framework of risk and return. Drawing upon Robock's (1965) criticisms of the lack of a conceptual framework for businessmen within which to make international financing and capital budgeting decisions, we assess briefly the developments in the theoretical framework of risk and return since Robock's address. We then review the existing empirical literature (mainly from America) and combine this with our own research involving 59 UK multinationals, to conclude that the developments in the theoretical framework of risk and return have not been translated into practice. We offer suggestions as to why this is the case.
Wilson, M. (1990), "EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE OF THE USE OF A FRAMEWORK OF RISK AND RETURN IN CAPITAL BUDGETING FOR FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT", Managerial Finance, Vol. 16 No. 2, pp. 25-34. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb013642Download as .RIS
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