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A Research Agenda for Manufacturing Industries in the Global Economy

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A Research Agenda for Manufacturing Industries in the Global Economy

9781789908503 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by John R. Bryson, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK, Chloe Billing, City-Region Economic Development Institute, University of Birmingham, UK, William Graves, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, US and Godfrey Yeung, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore
Publication Date: January 2022 ISBN: 978 1 78990 850 3 Extent: 288 pp
This timely Research Agenda provides a state-of-the-art review of existing research on manufacturing, as well as highlighting key areas of study to advance the field. Expert contributors from across the globe analyse the central role of manufacturing industries in the global economy, considering it as a multi-scalar process and assessing the impact of climate change in necessitating the decarbonization of production processes.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

This timely Research Agenda provides a state-of-the-art review of existing research on manufacturing, as well as highlighting key areas of study to advance the field. Expert contributors from across the globe analyse the central role of manufacturing industries in the global economy, considering it as a multi-scalar process and assessing the impact of climate change in necessitating the decarbonization of production processes.

Chapters identify and explore disruptive innovations in production technologies, including additive manufacturing, and their implications for future research. The book further highlights megatrends in automotive, electronics and emerging industries, including small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises, Asian electronics production networks, global production networks, and operations and supply chain management. It develops a framework for accessing corporate elites and for guiding the process of undertaking qualitative semi-structured interviews.

This Research Agenda will be a critical collection for economic geography, urban studies, city and regional planning, and business and management studies scholars seeking a forward-looking approach to the topic. It will also be useful to policymakers and practitioners working in regional economic development and planning.
Contributors
Contributors: Chloe Billing, John R. Bryson, Harrison S. Campbell, Jr., David Yuen Tung Chan, Jan Godsell, William Graves, Anne Green, Douglas R. Gress, Chantal Hales, Jennifer Johns, Ronald V. Kalafsky, Donato Masi, Rachel Mulhall, Megan Ronayne, Abigail Taylor, Chun Yang, Godfrey Yeung
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Contents:

Dedication: Michael J. Taylor xv
John R. Bryson

Preface xix

1 Reframing manufacturing research: place,
production, risk and theory 1
John R. Bryson, Chloe Billing, William Graves and
Godfrey Yeung
2 Theoretical and methodological approaches to
understanding emerging industries 33
Chloe Billing and John R. Bryson
3 Transforming manufacturing? An additive
manufacturing research agenda 49
Jennifer Johns
4 Megatrends and new research agendas in the
automotive industry 67
Godfrey Yeung
5 Getting the right skills in place for manufacturing:
challenges and opportunities 91
Anne Green and Abigail Taylor
6 Addressing the evolution of clustering strategies in
manufacturing: a policy research agenda 113
William Graves and Harrison S. Campbell, Jr
7 Going global in one location: exploring SME
manufacturer internationalization motives at a trade fair 135
Ronald V. Kalafsky and Douglas R. Gress
8 The transformation of Asian electronics
production networks: evidence from the
participation of Vietnam 157
David Yuen Tung Chan and Chun Yang
9 How to increase the usefulness and relevance of
operations and supply chain management research? 177
Donato Masi and Jan Godsell
10 Corporate interviewing and manufacturing
companies: a framework to guide qualitative
semi-structured interviews 193
John R. Bryson, Chloe Billing, Chantal Hales,
Rachel Mulhall and Megan Ronayne
11 Reading manufacturing firms and new research
agendas: scalar-plasticity, value/risk and the
emergency of Jenga Capitalism 211
John R. Bryson

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