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The nature of industrial linkages and interregional trade flows depends on the microeconomic location behaviour of individual firms. Consequently, our understanding of the forces which shape these flows itself depends on how we formulate spatial industrial problems. This book attempts to reassess how we discuss the question of the location of the firm from both a theoretical and an empirical point of view. The motivation for discussing the location of the firm in theory arises from the problem of how to talk about the spatial effects of a recent change in the organisation of inter-firm linkages, which has become very widespread within the western manufacturing and distribution industry. The change in question is the movement away from traditional western purchasing and delivery techniques, which focus on the delivered price of the good, and the progressive adoption of Just-In-Time principles.
KeywordsLinkage Length Industrial Purchasing Industrial Linkage Industrial Cost Spatial Transaction
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