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Concentration and Dispersion in Global Industries: Remote Electronic Access and the Location of Economic Activities

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  • Srilata Zaheer

    (University of Minnesota)

  • Shalini Manrakhan

    (University of Minnesota)

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We explore how the possibility of remote electronic access to markets, resources and knowledge, enabled by the new information and communication technologies (ICTs), might change the motivations of firms to locate activities internationally, and in turn affect worldwide dispersion and concentration in an industry. Preliminary results from an exploratory analysis of the spatial distribution of firms in financial services suggest that the introduction of a business-to-business (B2B) trading network increases the global market participation of firms from peripheral countries, but does not appear to reduce the importance of locational clusters. A set of propositions is derived that provide guidance for more detailed research on the impact of ICTs on the strategy and structure of global industries.© 2001 JIBS. Journal of International Business Studies (2001) 32, 667–686

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  • Srilata Zaheer & Shalini Manrakhan, 2001. "Concentration and Dispersion in Global Industries: Remote Electronic Access and the Location of Economic Activities," Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Academy of International Business, vol. 32(4), pages 667-686, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:jintbs:v:32:y:2001:i:4:p:667-686
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