Organisational restructuring, knowledge and spatial scale: the case of the US department store industry
Wood, Steve (2002) Organisational restructuring, knowledge and spatial scale: the case of the US department store industry. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 93, (1), 8-33. (doi:10.1111/1467-9663.00180).
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Recent economic geography literature has underlined the role of tacit/local knowledge in embedding firms within their locales, characterised by the work on `learning regions', `territorial embeddedness', `institutional thickness' and `new industrial spaces'. This paper contributes to this theoretical debate, using evidence from organisational restructuring of the US department store industry to argue that, in contrast, retailers are using codified/universal knowledge, supported by tacit/local knowledge to successfully operate their retail operations across a range of spatial scales. As such, no one form of knowledge is exclusively relied upon but rather a blend of knowledges reduces costs and increases responsiveness across space.
|Keywords:||organisational restructuring, scale, retail, knowledge|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
|Date Deposited:||24 Mar 2011 09:39|
|Last Modified:||01 Jun 2011 03:20|
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