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The geography of global corporate networks: the poor, the rich, and the happy few countries


  • Ronald S Wall
  • Martijn J Burger
  • G A (Bert) van der Knaap


The gradual integration of nations within our globalizing world is strongly related to the economic networks formed by multinational headquarters and their various subsidiaries located across the globe. Although the corporate reach of multinational corporations (MNCs) is clearly global, the geographical scope of their activities remains limited. Focusing on the network of ownership relations between the global Fortune 100 MNC headquarters and their subsidiaries, it is shown that global corporate activity remains unevenly distributed across the globe. Besides showing that richer countries are better connected within the global system than the poorer countries, the authors also reveal considerable differences in connectivity within the group of rich countries. Based on various determinants, these variations in network connectivity are explained.

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  • Ronald S Wall & Martijn J Burger & G A (Bert) van der Knaap, 2011. "The geography of global corporate networks: the poor, the rich, and the happy few countries," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 43(4), pages 904-927, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:43:y:2011:i:4:p:904-927

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    1. Gries, T. & Grundmann, R. & Palnau, I. & Redlin, M., 2015. "Does technological change drive inclusive industrialization? : A review of major concepts and findings," MERIT Working Papers 044, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
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    3. Xingjian Liu & Ben Derudder & Frank Witlox & Michael Hoyler, 2014. "Cities As Networks within Networks of Cities: The Evolution of the City/Firm-Duality in the World City Network, 2000–2010," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 105(4), pages 465-482, September.
    4. Martijn J. Burger & Frank G. Oort, 2014. "International Handbook of Globalization and World Cities , edited by Ben Derudder , Michael Hoyler , Peter J. Taylor , and Frank Witlox . 2012 . Cheltenham, U.K. and Northampton, Massachusetts : Edwar," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 54(2), pages 348-351, March.

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