Rounds of mobile investment and ‘strategic coupling’ dynamics in the semi-periphery: investigating the experience of Northern Ireland since the mid-1990s

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Abstract

The paper is concerned with the economic development challenges and policy dilemmas facing semi-peripheral regions of developed economies that are connected to the global economy via the attraction of mobile foreign direct investment and participation in global production networks. Building on the tradition of work on branch plant economies and more recent literature on strategic coupling with global production networks, this explores the experience of Northern Ireland during two decades of structural change. Overlapping, sometimes simultaneous, processes of de-coupling, coupling and re-coupling with various manufacturing and service production networks are identified. A conceptual framework for analysing these processes is presented. Preliminary insights from 3 mini-case studies of 'strategic coupling encounters' (with the textile/clothing, outsourced contact centre and IT/technology development GPN segments) are reported. The paper concludes with 6 discussion points for further exploration in ongoing research.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 04 Jun 2017
EventRegional Studies Association Conference: Great Regional Awakening: New Directions - Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 04 Jun 201707 Jun 2017
http://www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/rsa-dublin-2017

Conference

ConferenceRegional Studies Association Conference
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period04/06/201707/06/2017
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Keywords

  • global production networks
  • strategic coupling
  • inward investment
  • regional industrial change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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