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Regional responses to globalisation : managing the reorganisation of boundary processes


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Orpin, Peter 2001 , 'Regional responses to globalisation : managing the reorganisation of boundary processes', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Globalisation has been the subject of central attention in the last decade, yet the ways
in which the processes of globalisation and the global market are worked out at the
local level remain poorly theorised. Regional and rural areas in Australia appear to
be experiencing problems maintaining their economic viability and vitality in the
face of global market changes. The thesis explores the global-local interface by
analysing variations in rural and regional responses to globalisation in two rural areas
showing seemingly different levels of adaptation to the global market.
The study reveals that globalisation involves a process of progressive disorganisation
and more complex reorganisation of networks and network boundaries, at all levels
from the global to the local. This results in a global market that is increasing in size,
scope and competitiveness providing a challenging environment for producers.
Responses to these challenges in the study areas vary between a protective
strengthening of local boundary processes, on one hand, and open and strategic
engagement, on the other. Producers' capacity to maintain their position in the
market is shown to be dependent, among other factors, on building more open, wide-
reaching and eclectic network orderings which facilitate wide knowledge gathering
and the incorporation of that knowledge into reflexive, flexible and innovative
The thesis shows that in some rural and regional areas, the network organising power
of space, over prolonged periods of relative social and spatial isolation, produce
network structures that are marked by rich multiplex linkages and powerful coherent
boundary processes, as networks become increasingly coextensive in social and
physical space and boundary processes become conterminous. These structures
restrict the ability of individual and collective actors to build the sorts of open
network ordering that are needed to engage fully in the global market.
The major impetus for opening up these tight local network structures in these areas
is seen as coming from either external shock or from the presence in local networks
of individuals whose different socialisation means that their network orderings
extend beyond the local. Such individuals provide the weak ties that span boundary
processes, link actors into new networks containing alternate knowledge, meaning
and values and counteract some of the historical network organising power of space.
This suggests that, despite technology, face-to-face interaction and the physical
mobility of individuals between networks remain important factors in maintaining
openness in local networks.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Orpin, Peter
Keywords: International business enterprises, Globalization
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Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Tasmania, 2001. Includes bibliographical references

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