Comparing and Contrasting International Business and Economic Geography Perspectives on the 'Space, Place and Organisation' of Service Offshoring

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Abstract

This paper adds to the growing body of work at the interface of International Business and Economic Geography by comparing and contrasting the perspectives of these two disciplines on geographic and organisational aspects of ‘service offshoring’. The intention is to work towards an enhanced, inter-disciplinary understanding of this important phenomenon; this paper takes some initial steps. The paper begins with an initial comparison of the scope and key concerns of the two disciplines and a brief review of some recent studies of service offshoring from both fields. The main section of the paper comprises a comparative discussion, organised around four focal themes relating to the conceptualisation of ‘place, space and organisation’ in the specific case of service offshoring: (1) Conceptualising ‘organisation’: theorising the firm, extended network contexts and intra-firm network relations; (2) The geographical unit of analysis and issues of spatial scale; (3) Conceptualising location and the firm-location ‘nexus’; (4) Conceptualising ‘distance’ and its influence on firm behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2015
EventAcademy of International Business (UK & Ireland) Annual Conference: Special track on 'Geographies of Cities: Re-scaling International Business' - Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Apr 201518 Apr 2015
Conference number: 42

Conference

ConferenceAcademy of International Business (UK & Ireland) Annual Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityManchester
Period16/04/201518/04/2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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