Business Geographics

Resources for Economic Geographers


Featured Publication: Location, Location, Location, by Rick Wayne, SDMAGAZINE, March 2002 Today, map-enabled systems run the gamut from big government endeavors down to gadgets in your PDA, your cell phone and, yes, even your car. Despite an upcoming slew of "location-based services," the killer GIS app has yet to be discovered.

Rapid changes in educational technologies are foreseen for all parts of Geography, particularly GIS and in the use of the Internet. GIS and Internet technologies are likely to move closer together, and the combined use of computer-mapping, Internet- and data base- technologies and location-allocation modeling techniques will become a particularly important (set of) skill(s) for many undergraduate students whose first jobs after graduation involve real estate, urban, demographic, retail (e.g. siting), marketing, environmental, transportation and international trade and investment analyses. In fact, learning experiences in the relatively new field of (local to global) Business Geographics would create tighter connections between GIS and Economic and Business Geography incl. those of our regional specializations which include global trade and economic development issues (e.g. related to APEC regions). Skills obtained in "business geographics" would help, for example, in the analysis of locational qualities, labor markets, marketing (incl. consumer markets), potential risk exposure, social, economic and environmental impacts and global trade potentials.

Given the need for geographically referenced business information and the mapping of such information there will be the increased need to develop web sites for the presentation of such information. Economic & Business Geography (EBG) performs an important role as an economic and business information intermediary. In addition, EBG explores, conceptually, theoretically and empirically, the geography of business information, i.e. the nature of locational and regionally important economic information, geographically significant differences in quantity, quality and timeliness of available information, differences in access to such information, the behaviors (e.g. corporate disclosure strategies) leading to such differentiation as well as changes in information policies and how these changes may influence business behaviors and rearrange economic structures. An improved understanding of the nature of information will, in turn, help in the investigation of the role of spatial and place-specific information in business and public-sector decision-making processes.

Supporting & Related Pages:

What is GIS?

Areas of Application

Internet Resources:

Professor J.W.Harrington's Class (Geography 367: ECONOMIC USES OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION)

GIS Monitor []

GIS Monitor, written by industry expert Adena Schutzberg, provides news and analysis on important mapping and geographic information systems. Delivered every week. Free.

The GeoBusiness Association "is a professional association charged with promoting, communicating and advancing the understanding, implementation and application of geographic information, technology and methodology for business applications."

Business Geographics Magazine

GIS and Transportation:

GIS and Marketing


GIS Project Management:


GIS (Internet) resources: UW Geography Department & UW Elsewhere:


Other Organizations:

Arbeitskreis Geographische Informationssysteme




Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

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