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Multinationals and Economic Geography: location, technology and innovation

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Simona Iammarino and Philip McCann
Edward Elgar (February 2013)

After more than fifty years of systematic research on multinational enterprises (MNEs) what is apparent is that there is, as yet, no unified or dominant theory of the MNE. The objective of this book is to bring into focus one particular dimension of MNE behaviour and activity which has been relatively under-researched - namely the geography of the multinational enterprise - as understood through the lens of innovation and technological change.

The authors clearly demonstrate that geography is becoming increasingly important for MNEs and, in turn, MNEs are becoming progressively more important for economic geography. The pivot on which this vital relationship turns is the creation, diffusion and management of new knowledge.

  • Professor Simona Iammarino is professor of economic geography in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE.

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'Despite often playing second fiddle to clusters in the economic geography literature, multinationals are fundamental drivers of economic development. As generators and diffusers of knowledge they have played an essential role in shaping the new world economic order. No book captures this better than Simona Iammarino and Philip McCann’s Multinationals and Economic Geography, a must read for anyone eager to fully understand the new economic geography of globalisation.'
Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, LSE


Multinationals and Economic Geography