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    The Geography of Production Linkages in the Irish and Scottish Microcomputer Industry: the Role of Information Exchange


    Van Egeraat, Chris and Jacobson, David (2006) The Geography of Production Linkages in the Irish and Scottish Microcomputer Industry: the Role of Information Exchange. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 97 (4). pp. 405-417. ISSN 0075-4358

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    Abstract

    This paper considers the idea that technical information exchange in the context of time-basedcompetition encourages buyer-supplier proximity and local production linkages. The relevance of this idea was tested in a study of 11 subsidiaries of multinational microcomputer assemblers operating in Ireland and Scotland. We show that the assembly plants sourced the vast majority of inputs from regions outside Ireland and Britain and where we find regional linkages, proximity was generally not driven by considerations related to information exchange. Part of the explanation lies in the fact that the European operations played a limited role in technological co-ordination with suppliers. Another reason is that much of the technical information exchange in the industry is of a relatively limited intensity requiring low levels of face-to-face contact.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9663.2006.00351.x
    Keywords: Computer industry; proximity; linkages; information exchange; multinational enterprises; Ireland and Scotland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 6145
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9663.2006.00351.x
    Depositing User: Dr. Chris Van Egeraat
    Date Deposited: 25 May 2015 14:27
    Journal or Publication Title: Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
    Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
    Refereed: Yes
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