Global Location Trends

2017 Annual Report

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Authors: Jacob Dencik

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, Senior Managing Consultant,
Roel Spee

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, Global Leader, IBM Plant Location International

Featured findings As the global economy grows stronger, clouds of uncertainty shroud future prospects of global investment flows. The political rhetoric on trade is changing, and disruptive technologies are reconfiguring how and where value is created. Together, these forces create a powerful alteration of globalization in which international flows of data and information become more prominent, while the internationalization of goods, services and capital may have to adapt to changing opportunities for trade. Although this brings disruption and uncertainty for companies, the opportunities for accessing international markets and leveraging global supply chains are expected to continue to drive foreign investment activity in the future.

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