Relocation of Economic Activity: Contemporary Theory and Practice in Local, Regional and Global Perspectives

Relocation of Economic Activity: Contemporary Theory and Practice in Local, Regional and Global Perspectives

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This timely volume provides a thorough analysis of current trends in location and relocation of economic activity globally, regionally and locally. Using robust empirical material this book offers a multidisciplinary, comprehensive overview, critique and extension of long-established theories underpinning patterns of firm (re)location. It explores dominant trends in the mobility and relocation of industries and firms, examines the factors guiding such trends and evaluates their consequences in both developed and emerging economies in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

This book will be appreciated by diverse audiences. Geography and regional science researchers of ‘economic activity location’ can engage with the critical appraisal of key theoretical concepts and an analysis of recent empirical data. Students of human and economic geography, planning, regional development, and global supply chain management in senior years of undergraduate programmes and completing postgraduate degrees will appreciate the accessible language, multiple examples and graphical illustrations of theoretical frameworks underpinning location and relocation of firms and industries, and its consequences. Practitioners, including local and regional policy makers and location consultants will enjoy the comparative discussion of solutions and practices adopted in localities, regions and countries as diverse as China, Brazil, The Netherlands and Poland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319922812
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 08/30/2018
Edition description: 1st ed. 2019
Pages: 189
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dr Magdalena Dej is an assistant professor and the Head of the Department of Development Processes Research in Central and Eastern Europe at the Institute of Urban Development in Kraków. She specializes in local and regional development issues and the development of rural areas is one her fundamental areas of interest. Magdalena is an author and coauthor of several books and dozens of research papers on the impacts of large companies on local communities as well as on rural areas and their relationship with major metropolitan areas and labor markets. She has participated in several international research projects including an EU funded “Urban-Rural Partnerships in Metropolitan Areas (URMA)” completed within the framework of Interreg IVC. The project, focused on company relocation and spatial expansion in key metropolitan areas in Poland. Magdalena’s another key project was financed by the International Visegrád Fund and Poland’s Ministry of Science and Higher Education. It focused on the Leader Method in countries of the Visegrád Group as well as made inroads in the application of this method in the Republic of Georgia. Magdalena is a co-creator and coordinator of the Geography Breakfast series of seminars that provide an open discussion forum for researchers, political leaders, government officials, experts, and social activists in the area of real solutions to development problems and social problems at the city, township, and regional level in Central Eastern Europe.

Dr Paweł Capik lectures in International Business at Keele Management School, Keele University in the UK and Grenoble Ecole de Management in France. Previously he worked at the University of Glasgow, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of the West of Scotland, where he completed his PhD at the Centre for Contemporary European Studies. Paweł’s research explores interdependencies between international business strategies and operations and regional development theory and practice, particularly in the context of emerging and transition economies. He focuses on the study of place marketing and inward investment attraction, large and small firms' locational motivations and their impacts on regional and local economies. He was a recipient of The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) Research Grant, and participated in Visegrád Fund financed project exploring 'Foreign Direct Investment in Central and Eastern Europe: What Kind of Competitiveness for the Visegrad Four?'. He was an initiator and one of the coordinators of the Regional Studies Association Research Network on 'Regional Development and Changing Geography of Outsourcing Business Services in an Enlarged

Europe'. Paweł co-edited special issues of European Planning Studies and Regions resulting from these projects and he regularly contributes to international conferences and seminars, including Regional Studies Association and Academy of International Business events.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction (Dej).- Part I. Industries in Global Space.- Chapter 2. Between Location, Persistence and Relocation – Historical and Spatial Trajectories of Polish Aviation Industry (Suwala).- Chapter 3. Relocation of Automotive Industry in Brazil and Mexico: Between Corporate Strategies and Local Polices (Wójtowicz).- Chapter 4. Changing Dynamics in the Cross-Border Production Networks of Transnational Corporations: Relocation of Hong Kong and Taiwanese Manufacturing in Mainland China (Yang).- Part II: Firm Relocation Factors.- Chapter 5. Relocation of Economic Activity within Metropolitan Areas in Poland - Scale and Drivers (Dej).- Identifying Factors Driving Firm Location and Relocation: The Case of Ticino (Rossi).- Chapter 6. How Does the Current Economic Crisis Affect Firm Relocation? A Comparative Analysis of Pre- and Post-crisis Firm Movements from Greece to Bulgaria (Kapitsinis).- Chapter 7. Labour Cost Structure as a Factor in Industrial Production Relocation within the European Union (Wiedermann).- Part III: Impacts and Consequences.- Chapter 8. Relocation of Firms: Quantitative and Qualitative Consequences for the Labour Market (Małuszyńska).- Chapter 9. Firm Mobility: Residential Migration in Disguise (Koster).- Chapter 10. Relocation of Economic Activities and Creation of Spatial Conflicts in a Metropolitan Region: The Case of Łódź (Dmochowska-Dudek).- Chapter 11. The Location of Industry as a Way to Achieve Balanced Development: Example of Middle Povardarie in The Republic Of Macedonia (Toshevska).- Chapter 12. Conclusions: Relocation Factors and Consequences - Towards a Multidisciplinary Research Agenda (Capik).

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