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Making Foreign Investment Safe: Property Rights and National Sovereignty 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0195310624
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"Meticulous investigation, insightful analysis, startling discoveries, sound recommendations. This book is a 'must read' for business strategists, negotiators, policy practitioners, investors, and lenders, as well as the analytic community!"--Theodore H. Moran, Marcus Wallenberg Professor of International Business and Finance, Georgetown University

"Wells and Ahmed have written a fascinating and unique book that deserves wide readership among academics, policy makers, and businesspeople interested in foreign direct investment, development, the electric power industry, industry-host country disputes, the bargaining process, privatization, and Indonesia, among other issues. The detailed case studies--which provide a very complete, well-documented, and at times courageous narrative of the investments, the subsequent disputes, and their eventual resolution--will be cited as authoritative for some time to come. These stories contain an important cautionary tale for investors and policy makers concerned with foreign investment in developing countries."--Stephen J. Kobrin, William Wurster Professor of Multinational Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

"These case studies will be informative to anyone considering investing in politically sensitive industries in developing countries."--Foreign Affairs

"The book not only offers lessons to officials and investors on how to negotiate and write investment contracts in ifrastructure but also provides new horizons on property rights and contractual relationships in infrastructure"--The Jakarta Post

About the Author

Louis T. Wells is the Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management at the Harvard Business School. His research has focused on foreign investment and development; his principal consulting activities have been concerned with foreign investment policy and with negotiations between foreign investors and host governments.
Rafiq Ahmed is a retired academic and manager. He did postdoctoral research at the Harvard Business School and taught and managed international programs at Tulane University's Freeman School. He was a business manager for 28 years, primarily with the Exxon Corporation. He was also president of the Management Association of Pakistan and vice chairman of the Executive Committee of the Indonesian Institute for Management Development. In retirement, he divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Sydney, Australia.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195310624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195310627
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.1 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By O. Verheul on May 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is not really interesting. I expected a good book about property rights and financial investments, but the book is uses cases all the time. There is no theory in it. The whole case is about Indonesia. It is only useful for people that like to know more about the history of investments in Indonesia. The title of this book is very misleading.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cahyo Sukaryo on September 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I found the book by chance whilst doing my Master degree research on the high profile case of Karaha Bodas and its International Arbitration process. Previously shouted "Eureka!", but got amazed on its tag price, especially when compared to its content; mostly Indonesian companies' case. Its real life case study approach should be appreciated though, but I do not think that this book would be useful served all but to some specialists.
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