Large industrial enterprises are an important phenomena in advanced Western economies. They control large percentages of total industrial assets, employ millions of workers and together with their dependent satellite firms produce their own spatial patterns of employment, location of production capacity and flow of material and information, and thus dominate the economic base of whole towns. This study, first published in 1980, surveys a massive amount of work on large industrial firms, and features an in-depth study of the growth of large industrial enterprises in the UK brewing industry from 1951-76. This illustrates many of the themes discussed in the book.
1. Introduction Part 1. The Large Industrial Enterprise in Space 2. Spatial Structures 3. Indigenous and Foreign Enterprises Part 2. The Large Industrial Enterprise in Space and Time 4. The Spatial Evolution of an Enterprise: Growth 5. The Spatial Evolution of an Enterprise: Adjustment and Interaction 6. Models of the Spatial Evolution of an Enterprise Part 3. Case Analyses: Enterprises in the UK Brewing Industry 7. Brewing Enterprises: Spatial Structures 8. Brewing Enterprises: Spatial Growth 9. Brewing Enterprises: Locational Adjustment Part 4. Spatial Policy Implications 10. Enterprises, Regions and City-systems 11. Large Industrial Enterprises and the State