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The Routledge Companion to the Geography of International Business

ISBN 9781138953345
Published March 29, 2018 by Routledge
638 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.


‘This is a welcome and timely contribution to the interdisciplinary space that has long existed between the fields of economic geography and international business. It brings together leading scholars from both disciplines in a wide-ranging volume that is sure to be essential reading for anyone interested in the many theoretical and empirical intersections that span these fields.’ — Professor Andrew Jones, Vice-President (Research and Enterprise), City, University of London

'This comprehensive volume shows that International Business and Economic Geography are cognate, linked and complementary fields of endeavour.  An outstanding list of authors provide a compelling guide to the synergies between these two research fields and the mutual benefits that cooperation across the subjects can bring.  This results in a strong research agenda for the future.' — Professor Peter J Buckley OBE, FBA, Centre for International Business University of Leeds (CIBUL)

'This Companion decidedly shows how the disciplines of Economic Geography and International Business can and should engage with each other. An excellent collection of works by an array of authors, from household names to younger talent, from across the World.' — Gabriel R.G. Benito, BI Norwegian Business School