Seminar Theme: Information and Spatial Organization
This graduate seminar will address the impact of formal and informal
informational transactions on the spatial structure of
economic activities. We will start out by exploring the definitions and
conceptual content of some basic terminology traditionally used by
geographers to describe processes of change in spatial structures:
centralization, dispersion, agglomeration, urban hierarchy, span of
control, etc. We then investigate the concept of information and
communication in the context of modern economic
activities (particularly high-tech industrial activities, services and
consumption) operating in different geographic and institutional settings.
Finally, we intend to bring these two strands together in view of possible
conceptual models merging ideas and variables from economics, organization
theory, regional science, urban geography and the geography of
Throughout, we will be open to the implications of our discussion for
Business Geographics, GIS,
the application of WWW technology, and potentially all subfields of
economic and business geography.
Readings for Geography 550 will be provided (on-line or as references) on
this page well in advance of the beginning of the seminar. Potential
participants are encouraged to express their interest as early as possible
and are invited to consult these pages and discuss possible seminar
contribution with me.
All seminar participants will select sub-themes for
individual investigations; at the same time, all participants will assume
collaborative responsibilities for all or some of the themes
selected by others. Seminar "products" will include (mix to be
- individual and/or group seminar presentations; and
- hypertextually organized statements for the WWW.
Selected Seminar Resources [Under
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