1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to the Geography of International Business

    638 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    638 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The fields of Economic Geography and International Business share an interest in the same phenomena, whilst each provides both a differing perspective and different research methods in attempting to understand those phenomena.

    The Routledge Companion to the Geography of International Business explores the nature and scope of inter-disciplinary work between Economic Geography and International Business in explaining the central issues in the international economy. Contributions written by leading specialists in each field (including some chapters written by inter-disciplinary teams) focus on the nature of multinational firms and their strategies, where they choose to locate their activities, how they create and manage international networks and the key relationships between multinationals and the places where they place their operations. Topics covered include the internationalisation of service industries, the influence of location on the competitiveness of firms and the economic dynamism of regions and where economic activity takes place and how knowledge, goods and services flow between locations.

    The book examines the areas for fruitful inter-disciplinary work between International Business and Economic Geography and sets out a road map for future joint research, and is an essential resource for students and practitioners of International Business and Economic Development.

    Chapter 1 Introduction to the Companion

    Gary Cook, Frank McDonald, Jennifer Johns, Jonathan Beaverstock and Naresh Pandit


    PART I Some core material in International Businesst

    Chapter 2 Space and International Business

    Steven Brakman and Charles van Marrewijk

    Chapter 3 Networks and alliances

    Keith W. Glaister

    Chapter 4 Outsourcing, offshoring and the global factory

    Roger Strange and Giovanna Magnani

    Chapter 5 The regional MNE and coordination of MNE organizational structures

    Quyen T.K. Nguyen

    Chapter 6 The dynamics of multinational enterprise subsidiary roles in an era of regionalization

    Alain Verbeke and Wenlong Yuan


    PART II Some core material in Economic Geography

    Chapter 7 The current research programme in Economic Geography

    Trevor J. Barnes and Eric Sheppard

    Chapter 8 Evolutionary Economic Geography: an emerging field or framework?

    David L. Rigby

    Chapter 9 Global production networks

    Neil M. Coe

    Chapter 10 The relational turn in Economic Geography

    James T. Murphy


    PART III The interface between Economic Geography and International Business

    Chapter 11 Economic Geography and International Business

    Henry Wai-chung Yeung

    Chapter 12 Toward a synthesis of micro and macro factors that influence foreign direct investment location choice

    Bo Nielsen, Christian Asmussen and Anthony Goerzen

    Chapter 13 The region in International Business and Economic Geography

    Crispian Fuller

    Chapter 14 Cities and International Business: insights from cross-disciplinary perspectives

    Gary Cook and Naresh Pandit

    Chapter 15 Strategic cities within global urban networks

    Ben Derudder, Peter J. Taylor, James Faulconbridge, Michael Hoyler and Pengfei Ni

    Chapter 16 The use of global value chain/global production network related literature in International Business research: investigating the nature and degree of integration

    Noemi Sinkovics, Rudolf R. Sinkovics, Samia Ferdous Hoque and Matthew Alford

    Chapter 17 The firm as a differentiated network and Economic Geography

    Jens Gammelgaard and Frank McDonald


    PART IV Key research at the interface of International Business and Economic Geography

    Chapter 18 Corporate learning and knowledge flows: from glass pipelines to dark pools

    Philip Cooke

    Chapter 19 International knowledge transfer

    Yan Wu and Yong Yang

    Chapter 20 Capital projects and infrastructure in urban and economic development

    Phillip O’Neill

    Chapter 21 Stepping out of the comfort zone? An examination of regional orientation in emerging-economy MNEs’ cross-border M&As

    Yoo Jung, Yingqi Wei and Yaoan Wu

    Chapter 22 The effect of location on entrepreneurship

    Tarun Kanti Bose, Pavlos Dimitratos and Frank McDonald

    Chapter 23 Language and the development of trade networks in Early Modern Europe: modern reflexes, unexpected consequences

    Sierk Horn and Nigel Holden

    Chapter 24 Foreign direct investment motivated by institution shopping

    Mike Peng and Young H. Jung


    PART V Location and competitiveness

    Chapter 25 Multinational performance and the geography of FDI: issues of embeddedness, strategic fit and the dimensions of distance

    Ioana R. Bedreaga, Raquel Ortega Argilés and Philip McCann

    Chapter 26 The competitiveness of location in International Business and Economic Geography

    Philippe Gugler

    Chapter 27 The changing geography of innovation and the multinational enterprise

    Davide Castellani


    PART VI Services, International Business and Economic Geography

    Chapter 28 An Economic Geography of globalizing retail: emergence, characteristics, contribution

    Neil Wrigley and Steve Wood

    Chapter 29 Innovation, market segmentation and entrepreneurship in services: the case of the hotel industry

    Jeremy Howells and Michelle Lowe

    Chapter 30 The internationalization of producer services

    Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen and Torsten Schunder

    Chapter 31 Designed here, re-designed there but made somewhere else: geography, translocal business and the exploitation of difference

    John R. Bryson

    Chapter 32 The culture of finance

    Gordon L. Clark

    Chapter 33 The internationalization and localization of professional services: the case of executive search firms in Australia

    Jonathan Beaverstock and William S. Harvey


    PART VII Epilogue

    Chapter 34 Epilogue

    Gary Cook


    Gary Cook is Professor of Economics and Head of School at the Hull University Business School. He gained his PhD in Industrial Economics from Manchester Business School. He has published many articles and book chapters in the area of clustering, innovation and multinational enterprise.

    Jennifer Johns is a Senior Lecturer in International Business at the University of Liverpool Management School. She works on globalisation, the agglomeration of economic activities, entrepreneurship and innovation and global trade and production networks. Her latest project examines the impacts of additive manufacturing on global production networks.

    Frank McDonald is Professor of International Business, University of Leeds Business School, and Author/Editor of 14 books and about 60 articles.

    Jonathan Beaverstock is Professor of International Management at the University of Bristol, UK. Previously, he has held Professorships at the University of Nottingham and Loughborough University (both in the UK). He's published widely across the social sciences in leading international journals like the Journal of Economic Geography, Environment and Planning A and Regional Studies. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

    Naresh Pandit is Professor of International Business at Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia. His research focuses on the interface between International Business, Economic Geography and Economics. It has been funded by 12 grants and has produced 71 journal papers and book chapters.