Case Studies of Corporate Firms

Topics: Economic geography, Geography / Pages: 426 (106474 words) / Published: Jan 15th, 2012
Contents

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

ix xiii xv 1

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

23 61

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

83

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

97 117

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

139

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

169

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Contents

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

186

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

216

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

234

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

260

13 Epilogue: a relational perspective
PETER DICKEN

276

Index

284

Illustrations

Figures
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



References: Peter Dicken At almost exactly the same moment as the first edition of this book was published, Richard Walker composed a “requiem for corporate geography” (Walker 1989) Notes 1 In this chapter, I draw specifically on materials in Dicken (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007), Dicken et al

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