The world economy continues its transformation as companies’ global operating footprints evolve based on new opportunities, challenges and technology. With growing political uncertainty, as well as new risks and disruption ushered in by evolving technologies, companies have to navigate an increasingly complex international operating environment. This tenth edition of IBM’s Global Location Trends report outlines the latest trends in corporate location selection and how today’s global dynamics influence where companies locate, expand their businesses and create jobs around the world.


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Study highlights

Job creation through foreign investment increased 3%, and the United States maintained its #1 ranking.

India showed strong increase and civersification, unseating China as the #2 FDI destination.

Ireland continued to lead the world in attracting

Mexico achieved almost 30% growth, challenging the tradtional top 3.

Various (small) emerging countries have become consistent strong performers in creating high numers of job, as well as high quality of jobs.

About the authors

Jacob Dencik

Jacob Dencik
Senior Managing Consultant,
IBM-Plant Location International

Roel Spee

Roel Spee
Global Leader,
IBM-Plant Location International

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