Case Studies of Corporate Firms

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List of illustrations List of contributors Preface 1 The corporate firm in a spatial context PIET PELLENBARG AND EGBERT WEVER

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2 Networks of firms in Flanders, Belgium: characteristics and territorial impacts DOMINIQUE VANNESTE AND PETER CABUS

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3 Global production and trade systems: the Volvo case
INGE IVARSSON AND CLAES G. ALVSTAM

4 The organization of the production process: the case of Smartville H. PETER DÖRRENBÄCHER AND CHRISTIAN SCHULZ

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5 Internal venturing: sponsored corporate spin-offs in Sweden ÅSA LINDHOLM DAHLSTRAND AND MARTIN W. WALLIN

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6 Becoming a global player: ING Real Estate
ED NOZEMAN

7 The industrial structure and location behavior of the US, European, and Asian semiconductor industries TOMOKAZU ARITA AND PHILIP McCANN

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8 Globalization of a potato starch co-operative: the case of AVEBE DIRK STRIJKER

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9 Philips: a global electronics firm restructuring its home base OEDZGE ATZEMA, EGBERT WEVER AND MARLOES KROL

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10 Product upgrading and survival: the case of VW Navarra
MARTINA FUCHS

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11 The demise of a local champion: MacMillan Bloedel’s acquisition by Weyerhaeuser ROGER HAYTER

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12 GlaxoSmithKline: regional and local networking in a post-communist economy TADEUSZ STRYJAKIEWICZ

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13 Epilogue: a relational perspective
PETER DICKEN

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Index

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Illustrations

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1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 2.10 2.11 2.12 3.1 3.2 4.1 4.2a 4.2b 4.3 The flight of car manufacturing to Eastern Europe Håkanson’s model of the spatial evolution of firms The product life-cycle model Models of spatial organization of TNC production The structure of this book The federal structure of Belgium The surveys’ analytical framework Location of suppliers Location of the core player versus location/origin of the supplier Location of the core player versus the extent of the suppliers’ market area Relationships between the size of the core company and the scale of suppliers Size of the core company versus the quantity and the type of services that are contracted out Relationship between activity class of core company and country of location of suppliers Relationship between date of foundation of core company and country of location of suppliers Location of first-ring players of Bekaert Textiles Location of first-ring players of Dolmen Computer Applications Location of first-ring players of Omexco Major production sites and intra-corporate trade-flows by Volvo Bus and Trucks, 2005 Volvo warehouse locations, 2005. Breathing Factory, Demand–Production–Supply Schedule Part 1: Smartville Part 2: Smartville Delivery types 3 10 11 13 17 24 25 38 39 40 40 41 41 42 49 51 53 69 76 87 88 89 91

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Illustrations 5.1 Geographical dispersion of spin-offs to new stock markets in Sweden 6.1 ING Real Estate, 1995 6.2 ING Real Estate, 2005 6.3 The growth of staff 6.4 Worldwide ING Real Estate operations 6.5 Strategic concept 6.6 The Real Estate Value Chain 6.7 The portfolio of ING RED 6.8 The acquisitions by ING RED 6.9 Portfolio ING REF 6.10 Acquisitions by REF 6.11 REIM’s widening focus 6.12 REIM’s acquisitions 6.13 Top Real Estate investment managers, 2005 6.14 Corporate Real Estate in USA, UK, and Continental Europe 7.1 Production Process of semiconductor: comparison with book publishing and printing 7.2a US semiconductor plants: distribution of wafer production lines, 1995 7.2b US semiconductor plants: distribution of wafer production lines, 2004 7.3a EU semiconductor plants: distribution of wafer production lines, 1995 7.3b EU semiconductor plants: distribution of wafer production lines, 2004 7.4a Asia semiconductor plants: distribution of wafer production lines, 1995 7.4b Asia semiconductor plants: distribution of wafer production lines, 2004 7.5a Semiconductor wafer production lines: Intel, 1995 7.5b Semiconductor wafer production lines: Intel, 2004 7.6a Semiconductor...
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