Placing and Spacing Services: Towards a Balanced Economic Geography of Firms, Clusters, Social Networks, Contracts and the Geographies of Enterprise

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This paper introduces a special dossier that explores the changing economic geographies of service firms and functions. The emphasis is on exploring recent developments in the theory of the firm and what this means for understanding how complex production systems are organised in time and space. There are three important building blocks: exploring interactions between the literatures of economic geography and international business; exploring the global sourcing of services and a critical analysis of clusters. This introduction addresses some of the tensions that exist between research that emphasises the importance of social networks in production systems and the contractual and legal structures that constrain the activities of firms.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-261
Number of pages14
JournalTijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • Theory of the firm, clusters, business services, networks and contracts, relational economic geography, collective entrepreneurship, production systems