Just weeks before the Sept. 11 terrorists' attacks, the firmwrapped up a two-month survey of global expansion plans fromrespondents of 3,000 companies polled in all hemispheres. Thenumbers crunching was still under way Sept. 11. Now, researchersare redoing their work after the firm floated follow-up questionsto gauge whether plans or expansion locations might have changeddue to the terrorists' attacks. IDRC Texas World Congressparticipants in Dallas got a sneak preview of the initial resultsand insight to the latest information, all of which should be outwithin a month.

Schneider tells GlobeSt.com that he believes the financialindustry will be the first to decentralize. But, he adds, companiesacross the board should consider following suit, particularly whenit comes to telecommunications and research and development.

Prior to Sept. 11, nearly 80% of the respondents planned onbroadening horizons outside their home country's borders in thenext three years. The one caveat to the finding, says Schneider, is"Sept. 11 is certainly changing things, we think." The firm willknow for sure once the follow-up data's compiled.

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