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The Handbook of Service Industries

Edited by John R. Bryson, Professor of Enterprise and Competitiveness, City-Region Economic Development Institute, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham and Peter W. Daniels, Emeritus Professor of Geography, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK
Service activities are now acknowledged as key players in economic development, societal change and public policy worldwide. This exciting Handbook not only contributes to ongoing conceptual debates about the nature of service-led economies and societies; it also pushes back the frontiers of current critical thinking about the role of service activities in urban and regional development and the important research agendas that remain to be addressed.
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Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 978 1 84064 948 2
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Industrial Economics
  • Services
Service activities are now acknowledged as key players in economic development, societal change and public policy worldwide. This exciting Handbook not only contributes to ongoing conceptual debates about the nature of service-led economies and societies; it also pushes back the frontiers of current critical thinking about the role of service activities in urban and regional development and the important research agendas that remain to be addressed.

Drawing on both theory and case studies, the contributors are international experts who have written original and stimulating chapters from a number of different disciplinary perspectives. Each chapter seeks to raise awareness of, and to provoke debates about, the opportunities and challenges presented by the shift to service employment.

Providing a truly interdisciplinary analysis, The Handbook of Service Industries will be invaluable to scholars specializing in services research, as well as students and researchers in the areas of economics, geography, business and management, sociology, public policy and planning. The policy-making community will also find the Handbook a relevant and useful resource.
‘It contains an impressive array of important and useful material that should be familiar to anyone interested in economic growth and change. . . the potential value to be gained from these collected works is great.’
– James E. Pratt, Growth and Change
Contributors: J.V. Beaverstock, W.B. Beyers, J.T. Bowen, J.R. Bryson, P.W. Daniels, A.V. Deardorff, P. Enderwick, J. Gadrey, J. Howells, T.A. Hutton, S. Illeris, T.R. Leinbach, L. McDowell, I. Miles, A. Murphy, I. Nonaka, V. Peltokorpi, P. Petit, G. Rusten, S. Sassen, D. Senoo, M. Stare, N. Stehr, R.M. Stern, B. Warf
Contents:

1. Worlds of Services: From Local Service Economies to Offshoring or Global Sourcing
John R. Bryson and Peter W. Daniels

PART I: CONCEPTUAL PERSPECTIVES
2. The Nature of Services
Sven Illeris

3. Services and Innovation: Conceptual and Theoretical Perspectives
Jeremy Howells

4. National Economies and the Service Society: The Diversity of Models
Jean Gadrey

5. Theories of the Information Age
Nico Stehr

6. The Political Economy of Services in Tertiary Economies
Pascal Petit

PART II: THE DEVELOPMENT OF SERVICE ECONOMIES
7. A Global Service Economy?
Peter W. Daniels

8. Services and Regional Development in the United States
William B. Beyers

9. Service Industries, Global City Formation and New Policy Discourses within the Asia-Pacific
T.A. Hutton

10. Service Development in Transition Economies: Achievements and Missing Links
Metka Stare

11. Whither Global Cities: The Analytics and the Debates
Saskia Sassen

PART III: TRADING SERVICES: FROM LOCAL TO GLOBAL PRODUCTION
12. Transport Services and the Global Economy: Towards a Seamless Market
Thomas R. Leinbach and John T. Bowen

13. Empirical Analysis of Barriers to International Services Transactions and the Consequences of Liberalization
Alan V. Deardorff and Robert M. Stern

14. Multinational Service Firms and Global Strategy
Peter Enderwick

PART IV: SERVICES, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
15. Knowledge-Intensive Services and Innovation
Ian Miles

16. Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and the Consumption of Traded (Producer Service Expertise) versus Untraded Knowledge and Expertise
John R. Bryson and Peter W. Daniels

17. Understanding the Relationship between Information Communications Technology and the Behaviour of Firms Located in Regional Clusters
Grete Rusten and John R. Bryson

18. Services and the Internet
Andrew Murphy

19. Knowledge Creation in a Japanese Convenience Store Chain: The Case of Seven-Eleven Japan
Ikujiro Nonaka, Vesa Peltokorpi and Dai Senoo

PART V: SERVICE EMPLOYMENT: EMBODIED AND EMOTIONAL LABOUR
20. Embodied Information, Actor Netoworks and Global Value-Added Services
Barney Warf

21. Gender Divisions of Labour: Sex, Gender, Sexuality and Embodiment in the Service Sector
Linda McDowell

22. Transnational Work: Global Professional Labour Markets in Professional Service Accounting Firms
Jonathan V. Beaverstock

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Index