Global commodity chains and the development of employment nodes and corridors in western Melbourne

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Rasmussen, Bruce (2010) Global commodity chains and the development of employment nodes and corridors in western Melbourne. In: Melbourne 2010 Knowledge Cities World Summit : 3rd Knowledge Cities World Summit. Yigitcanlar, Tran, Kunzmann, Klaus and Yates, Peter, eds. Knowledge Cities World Summit, Brisbane, pp. 1124-1136.


Cites in advanced economies have been transformed by the substitution of locally produced for imported goods supported by knowledge intensive logistics services. Using the framework largely provided by the Global Commodity Chain paradigm, this paper examines the formation of employment nodes in manufacturing and transport sectors in the Western Region of Melbourne and by analysing journey to work data of travel between the nodes, it seeks to measure the extent to which employment corridors have been formed to link these nodes. While the dynamics of the nodes provides evidence of the substitution of a buyer driven transpor t commodity chain for a producer driven manufacturing commodity chain, the analysis suggests that an employment corridor making use of the Western Ring Road has yet to form. In doing so it contributes to the definition of the concept of an employment corridor.

Item type Book Section
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ISBN 9780646546551
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
Historical > SEO Classification > 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
Keywords ResPubID20953, regional economics, employment corridors, global commodity chains, Western Melbourne, western suburbs
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