Industrial Organisation and Locationby P. J. McDermott, Michael Taylor
Pub. Date: 03/19/2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book attempts to advance locational explanation in industrial geography by more fully exploring relationships between organizations and the environments within which they operate. The volume is in two parts, the first developing a theoretical framework and the second testing this framework with data for firms in the electronics industry in the UK. To produce the theoretical framework, ideas derived from geographers' studies of linkages and information flows are reviewed and amalgamated with ideas embodied in organization theorists' contingency models of organisational structure. These two sets of studies are complementary. The geographical studies are empirically strong but conceptually weak, and are cast in an explicitly spatial framework. The structural contingency models, however, are empirically weak, conceptually strong and almost entirely aspatial. The amalgamation of these two sets of ideas yields an a priori model of organization environment interactions, which is tested in the second half of the volume.
Table of ContentsPart I. Location, Communication and the Organisation: 1. Introduction; 2. The structural contingency model of organizations; 3. The organisation and its external linkages; Part II. Environment and enterprise structure in the United Kingdom Electronics Industry: 4. The electronics industry in the United Kingdom; 5. Measuring organisational structure, performance and development; 6. Defining task environments through linkages and information contacts; 7. Towards a spatial model of organization-environment interaction; 8. Summary and conclusions.
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