Changing relationships between multinational companies and their host regions? A case study of Aberdeen and the international oil industry

Cumbers, A. and Martin, S. (2001) Changing relationships between multinational companies and their host regions? A case study of Aberdeen and the international oil industry. Scottish Geographical Journal, 117(1), pp. 31-48. (doi:10.1080/00369220118737109)

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Abstract

There has been a revival of interest in recent years in the relationships between multinational corporations (hereafter MNCs) and the host regions in which they operate. The branch plant thesis which generally views inward investment by MNCs in a negative light - as reinforcing power relations between core and peripheral regions - has been challenged, with the suggestion that such developments can play a key role in linking up local economies to important flows of knowledge and information in a global economy. It has also been suggested that MNC branch plant activities are in practice often upgraded over time, leading to the development of important competitive advantage's for host regions. In this paper, such claims are investigated through a case study of the Aberdeen oil region in the north east of Scotland. The changing position of Aberdeen within the oil industry's corporate division of labour is evaluated in terms of the wider theoretical debate.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cumbers, Professor Andrew
Authors: Cumbers, A., and Martin, S.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Scottish Geographical Journal
Publisher:Royal Scottish Geographical Society
ISSN:1470-2541
ISSN (Online):1751-665X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2001 Royal Scottish Geographical Society
First Published:First published in the Scottish Geographical Journal 117(1)31-48
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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