Klaus Meyer

Vietnam: Travel, Business and Scholarship

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From 2001 to 2006, I have been working with Vietnamese people on joint research and I had the opportunity to visit the country on several occasions. This work and travels have led to several writings that you can find on this website for different interests:

Business. If you are heading to Vietnam to establish business, you may want to read about 'Doing Business in Vietnam' or about joint ventures with state-owned firms.


Tourism. If you are heading to Vietnam as a tourist to get to know people and country, I recommend my illustrated travel essay written during a three week tour of Vietnam and Cambodia in 2004, when I visited places such as Halong Bay, Hoi An, the Mekong Delta, Phnom Pen and Seam Reap. Another, shorter essay, captures my first impressions of Hanoi in summer of 2001. You may find some inspiration on which places in Vietnam to visit.



Research. If you are looking for scholarly research on foreign investment in Vietnam, you may be interested in  our paper on sub-national institutions influencing the pattern of foreign investment (journal version, conference version). We argue that the structure of local administration and economy has many subtle influences on the strategies of foreign investors.

Another paper explores the strategies of multinational enterprises in emerging economies, using Carlsberg Breweries in, among other countries, Vietnam as a case examples.


Further recommended Readings:

Vietnam is changing so rapidly that most readings rapidly out of date, and it is hard to find items that tell how business, society and life conditions are really today. The following supplement in The Economist provides a useful, and (by the standards of The Economist) unusually optimistic review of the economy of politics: 

The Economist (2008): Half-way from rags to riches: A special Report on Vietnam. Supplement, April 26th, 2008 (16 pages).


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