Organisational restructuring, knowledge and spatial scale: the case of the US department store industry
Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 93, (1), . (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.
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