Publication Type

Conference Paper

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Infrastructure can be unreliable and administration subject to corruption in Asia’s rapidly emerging economies. This context presented Singapore with unique opportunities to export its ‘positive reputation’ to locations where these attributes are less certain, through the provision of superior infrastructure, the ability to negotiate investment concessions and, where existing, through the links to influential business groups in the investment location. This strategic initiative is premised on the perception that Singapore’s good relations with multinationals, as well as “connections” with Asian business networks, will give the industrial-township projects a marketing advantage. To complement the extensive literature on Singapore’s flagship projects in Indonesia and China, this paper takes a closer look at Singapore’s lesser-known project in India. Case studies of selected companies are also presented. It finds that progress in this privileged foreign investment zone remains stymied by particular dependencies and challenges.


Industrial parks, Singapore, India


Asian Studies | International Business

Research Areas

Strategy and Organisation


3rd Global Conference on Business and Economics, Amsterdam, 9-11 July 2004

City or Country

Amsterdam, Netherlands