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.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0040-747X (print)
1467-9663 (electronic)
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
ePrint ID: 178217
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2011 09:39
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:28
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/178217

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