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Globalization, local economic development and the branch plant region: the case of the Aberdeen oil complex

Cumbers, A. (2000) Globalization, local economic development and the branch plant region: the case of the Aberdeen oil complex. Regional Studies, 34 (4). pp. 371-382. ISSN 0034-3404 (doi:10.1080/00343400050078141)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00343400050078141

Abstract

In recent years, there has been considerable debate over the consequences of globalization for local economic development. For some, globalization is seen as strengthening the position of transnational corporations (TNCs) and core regions over branch plant regions. For others globalization offers opportunities for the latter to create local advantages, particularly if they can construct more effective 'learning' relationships with the branch plants of transnational corporations. This paper contributes to this debate through a case study of the Aberdeen oil complex in the North East of Scotland. It suggests that while there are opportunities for branch plant regions to upgrade their activities in the short term, they still face huge structural problems in creating more sustainable forms of competitive advantage.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cumbers, Prof Andrew
Authors: Cumbers, A.
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:Regional Studies
ISSN:0034-3404

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