Understanding the Firm: Spatial and Organizational Dimensions

Hardcover | December 21, 2006

EditorMichael Taylor, Paivi Oinas

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Firms are at the very heart of modern day life. They come in a seemingly infinite variety - from transnationals to small firm, from corporations to branch plants, to subsidiaries and joint ventures, from subcontractors to franchisees, from sole proprietorships to partnerships, frommanufacturers to service providers and retailers. For the most part we view them as the creators, destroyers, and repositories of jobs - the creators and destroyers of people's livelihoods, lives, and dreams. But, deciding just what a firm is is neither a simple nor a straightforward task. Against a background of the dynamic complexity and plurality that business forms (and firms) can assume, there is a constant search within academic research for the processes that create and maintain both enterprise and enterprises in capitalist societies: a search for a theory of the firm. This book addresses some of the gaps in the current state of the theory of the firm from an economic geography perspective: issues around the boundaries of the firm; the collective agency of the firm; the political firm, financial markets, and the state; and the firm in place.

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Firms are at the very heart of modern day life. They come in a seemingly infinite variety - from transnationals to small firm, from corporations to branch plants, to subsidiaries and joint ventures, from subcontractors to franchisees, from sole proprietorships to partnerships, frommanufacturers to service providers and retailers. For t...

Michael Taylor is Professor of Human Geography in the School of Geography, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK. Paivi Oinas is a Research Fellow in Department of Applied Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:December 21, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199260796

ISBN - 13:9780199260799

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Part I: Theorising the Firm - Introduction1. Michael Taylor: Fragments and Gaps: Exploring the Theory of the FirmPart II: The Boundaries of the Firm2. Paivi Oinas: The Many Boundaries of the Firm3. Michael Taylor and John Bryson: Guns, Firms, and Contracts: The Evolution of Gun-Making in BirminghamPart III: Collective Agency and Narratives on Performance4. Michael Taylor: The Firm: Coalitions, Communities and Collective Agency5. Phillip O'Neill: The Corporation, Shareholder Value Added and the Power of Financial Management NarrativesPart IV: The 'Political' Firm and the State6. Ann Markusen: Distortions in Industrial Geography: Triangulating Among Industrial Firms, and the State7. Ray Hudson: Firms as Political Actors in Processes of Capital Accumulation and Regional DevelopmentPart V: The Firm in Place8. Mia Gray: An Activity Specific Approach to the High-Tech Firm9. Bjorn T. Asheim: Learning Firms in Learning Regions: Innovation, Cooperation and Social CapitalPart IV: Theorising the Firm - Afterword10. Paivi Oinas: Theorising the Firm in Economic Geography and Why It Matters