Global Location Trends

2018 Annual Report: Getting ready for Globalization 4.0

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Executive overview

Authors: Jacob Dencik

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, Senior Managing Consultant,
Roel Spee

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, Global Leader, IBM Plant Location International

A new era is upon us As digital disruption significantly affects global corporate investment patterns, the next wave for the global economy is emerging. This is the era of Globalization 4.0 – an era that aligns international value creation with the promise of technologies associated with the Fourth Industrial revolution. An increasingly data-driven economy is transforming global value chains and driving the participation of different locations and geographic regions. Our eleventh annual report on global investments trends shows greater volatility in foreign direct investment (FDI). This volatility is evident both overall and for individual countries as companies and countries adapt to Globalization 4.0. Navigating this new era for economic development and job creation will likely put increased pressure on policy makers to shape business environments that are responsive to rapidly – and continually – changing industry requirements.


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