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National and regional corporate spatial structure


  • Brian H. Roberts

    () (Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, 4001, Australia)

  • Alan T. Murray

    () (Department of Geography, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA)


Much is known about the macro-impacts of business activities on national and regional economies; however, comparatively little is known at the micro level about the impact spatial agglomeration of corporate wealth and performance has on urban systems. This paper reports on a collaborative research project between the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and Dun and Bradstreet, an international financial credit agency, to analyse the spatial implications of corporate structure in metropolitan regions. This paper analyses spatial patterns of medium to large businesses in three Australian State capital cities at the postcode level in order to assess the agglomeration of corporate capital, sales, and performance. The research indicates that ratio analysis can provide a useful insight into the competitiveness of metropolitan regions and the control corporate headquarters have over decision making and investment processes. The findings of this research are of special interest to capital markets, business and urban researchers in the Asia Pacific Region.

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  • Brian H. Roberts & Alan T. Murray, 2002. "National and regional corporate spatial structure," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 36(2), pages 347-368.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:36:y:2002:i:2:p:347-368
    Note: Received: September 1997/Accepted: September 2001

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    JEL classification:

    • R51 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Finance in Urban and Rural Economies
    • R3 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location


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