Written by eminent scholars who are well known within their fields across Europe, this book explores changes in the international economic environment, their impacts on the strategy of firms and the spatial consequences of these changes in strategy.
The economic environment in which major companies operate is subject to rapid and important changes. Such changes have their impact on the strategy of major and even smaller companies and changes in these firm's strategies often have important implications for the location choice of their activities, be it production, outsourcing, R&D or administrative activities.
Addressing these issues in a clear yet rigorous manner, this book is an excellent resource for students and researchers working and studying in the areas of international business, corporations, business strategy, economic geography and business geography.
1. The Corporate Firm in a Spatial Context 2. Networks of Firms in Flanders (Belgium): Characteristics and Territorial Impacts 3. Global Production and Trade Systems: The Volvo Case 4. The Organization of the Production Process: The Case of Smartville 5. Internal Venturing: Sponsored Corporate Spin-Offs in Sweden 6. Becoming a Global Player: Ing Real Estate 7. The Industrial Structure and Location Behaviour of the US, European and Asian Semiconductor Industries 8. Globalization of a Potato Starch Co-Operative: The Case of Avebe 9. Philips: A Global Electronics Firm Restructuring its Home Base 10. Product Upgrading and Survival: The Case of VW Navarra 11. The Demise of a Local Champion: Macmillan Bloedel's Acquisition by Weyerhaeuser 12. Glaxosmithkline: Regional and Local Networking in a Post-Communist Economy 13. Epilogue: A Relational Perspective