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From Underdogs to TigersThe Rise and Growth of the Software Industry in Brazil, China, India, Ireland, and Israel$
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Ashish Arora and Alfonso Gambardella

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199275601

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275601.001.0001

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The Irish Software Industry

The Irish Software Industry

(p.41) 3 The Irish Software Industry
From Underdogs to Tigers

Anita Sands

Oxford University Press

The Irish software industry is a tale of two industries. The multinational sector — the outcome of a successful foreign direct investment (FDI) policy by the Irish government — contributed to the emergence of the indigenous sector. Although indigenous Irish companies are generally small, their increasing orientation towards products for sectors such as financial services and telecommunications is promising. The Irish government did not set out to develop an indigenous software industry, but they did so indirectly. They were highly successful in luring software multinational corporations (MNCs) by creating a favorable business (tax) environment and investing heavily in science and technology. Ireland's membership of the EU and strong historical connections to the United States also contributed to its software success.

Keywords:   Ireland, software, dual industry structure, MNC, tax policy, diaspora, human capital

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