Through a series of international case studies, the nature and the geographical implications of the development of multinational corporations is examined. The volume concentrates on the latter Post-War period of corporate restructuring and readjustment in response to world-wide recession in the mid-1980s.
The volume is divided into two parts. In the first each of the chapters considers a particular aspect of the problem of how multinational corporations have developed. In the second part the chapters consider different aspects of the economic and social impacts of these corporations. The common theme that links all the papers is their emphasis on careful historical analysis of different forms of spatial organisation and their transformation into other, different forms.
List of Tables, figures. Preface. Part 1: The Spatial Development Sequences of Multinational Corporations. 1. Introduction M J Taylor and N J Thrift. 2. Models of Corporate Development and the Multinational Corporation M J Taylor and N J Thrift. 3. Testing Dependency Theory: A Case Study of Brazil’s Electrical Industry R S Newfarmer and S Topik. 4. The Inter-regional Distribution of West German Multinationals in the UK H D Watts. 5. The Changing International Division of Labour Within ICI I M Clarke. 6. The Geographical Pattern of the Australian Trading Banks’ Overseas Representation J Hirst, M J Taylor and N J Thrift. Part 2: The Geographical Ramifications of Multinational Corporations. 7. Introduction M J Taylor and N J Thrift. 8. The Impact of Multinational Corporations on the Spatial Organisation of Developed Nations: A Review A Blackbourn 9. Multinationals and Industrialisation in a Developing Economy: the Case of Nigeria S I Abumere. 10. Multinational Corporations in Southern Africa: A Spatial Perspective C M Rogerson. 11. The Role of Acquisition in the Spatial Distribution of the Foreign Manufacturing Sector in the UK I J Smith. 12. International Tourism and Multinational Corporations in the Pacific: the Case of Fiji S G Britton. 13. International Capital, International Culture J R Peet. References, Notes. Indices.