Industrial geography

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Industrial geographers continue to explore the location of industries and their role in regional and urban development. Theoretical and empirical analysis is centred on the shift from mass production in vertically integrated companies to flexible specialization in vertically disintegrated networks of assemblers and component parts subcontractors. Related themes include the demand for skilled and unskilled labour, gender and ethnic divisions of labour, changes in the organization of economic institutions, the role of research and development in local economic development, the location of foreign direct investment, models of regional export trade, and defence spending. Rapid theoretical and empirical progress in understanding the dynamics of location of economic activities has brought industrial geography to the forefront of inquiry in human geography. Analyses of industrial innovation, manufacturing practices, institutional settings, and modes of sociopolitical regulation have enlivened industrial geography. New directions will increasingly emphasize hybrid industrial systems that have characteristics of flexible specialization and mass production. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-552
Number of pages8
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Volume16
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1992

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Industrial geography. / O'Huallachain, Breandan.

In: Progress in Human Geography, Vol. 16, No. 4, 1992, p. 545-552.

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O'Huallachain, Breandan. / Industrial geography. In: Progress in Human Geography. 1992 ; Vol. 16, No. 4. pp. 545-552.
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