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New regional geographies of the world as practised by leading advanced producer service firms in 2010

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posted on 13.06.2013 by Peter J. Taylor, Ben Derudder, Michael Hoyler, Pengfei Ni
This paper reports a new type of world regionalisation based upon the location strategies of leading advanced producer service firms. To generate these 'global practice' regions, a principal components analysis of the office networks of 175 service firms across 138 cities is used to identify 10 common location strategies. These are interpreted as fuzzy (overlapping) and porous regional formations each consisting of two parts: a home-region and a global-outreach. The results indicate five overlapping pairs of regions: (i) intensive and extensive globalisations based upon the USA plus London (USAL); (ii) Americas and Latin America regions; (iii) Pacific Asia and China regions; (iv) Europe and Scandinavia regions; and (v) Australasian and Canadian 'Commonwealth' regions. All regions have worldwide global-outreaches but they differ significantly in their respective sizes and importance. Discussion of these findings elaborates upon two key points: first, globalisation is not a 'blanket' process creating a homogeneous world, and second, the resulting fuzzy and porous regionalisation counters the traditional 'territorialist' regional geographies that can provide a framework for global conflict with a more complex geography of multiple global integrations. © 2012 The Authors. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers © 2012 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers).

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  • Social Sciences

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  • Geography and Environment

Citation

TAYLOR, P.J. ... et al., 2013. New regional geographies of the world as practised by leading advanced producer service firms in 2010. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 38 (3), pp. 497-511.

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Blackwell Publishing © The Author. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers © Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2013

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This article was published in the journal, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers [Blackwell Publishing © The Author. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers © Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)] and the definitive version is available at: www.blackwell-synergy.com

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0020-2754

eISSN

1475-5661

Language

en

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