Morgan D. Thomas & The Washington School of Economic
January 5, 1925 - August 6, 2001
Obituary (Regional Science Association)
Morgan Thomas' Graduate (Ph.D.) Students
Deane Richard LYCAN.
Defense-Space Research and Development Contraction
Expenditures: Analysis and Some
Implications of Their Areal Patterns. 
Anne BUTTIMER. Some
Contemporary Interpretations and Historical Precedents
of Social Geography: With
Particular Emphasis on the French Contributions to the Field. 
IGU President, 2001 | Photo
Douglas Knowles FLEMING. Coastal Steel Production in the European Coal and
Steel Community 1953 to 1963.
 [University of
Guy Perry Frederick STEED. A Framework for the Study of Manufacturing
Geography: With a Consideration of
the Nature and Process of Manufacturing Changes in Northern Ireland
1950 to 1964. 
GŁnter KRUMME. Theoretical and Empirical Analyses of Patterns of
Industrial Change and Entrepreneurial
Adjustments: The Munich Region.  [
University of Washington]
John Brian PARR. Regional Development and Public Policy: North-West
England and the Post War Period. 
William Bjorn BEYERS. Technological Change and the Recent Growth of
American Aluminum Reduction Industry.  [University of Washington]
David Williams WILCOXSON, Jr. The Economic Geography of the Contemporary
Steel Industry in the American
Neil Robert Michael SEIFRIED. A Study of Changes in Manufacturing in
Mid-Western Ontario 1951-1964.
 [University of Alberta]
John CAMPBELL. The Relevance of Input-Output Analysis and Digraphg
Concepts to Growth Pole Theory.
James B. CANNON. An Analysis of Manufacturing as an Instrument of
Public Policy In Regional Economic
Development: Canadian Area Development Agency Program 1963-1968.
Charles W. MOORE.
Growth poles and industrial linkage development paths; a research
methodology. [Urban Planning, 1971] [
Natural Resources Canada]
ERICKSON. The "Lead Firm"; Concept and Economic Growth: An
Analysis of Boeing Expansion,
[Reference to Morgan
Thomas | Photo]
The Land Water Interface in an Urban Region: A
Spatial and Temporal Analysis of the Nature
of Significances of Conflicts Between Coastal Uses. 
Richard LE HERON. Productivity Change and Regional Economic
Development: The Role of Best-Practice Firms
in the Pacific Northwest Plywood and Veneer Industry, 1960-1972.
Charles Gilbert SMITH. Spatial Structure of Industrial Linkages and
Regional Economic Growth: An Analysis of
Linkage Changes Among Pacific Northwest Steel Firms, 1963-1970.
Kwawu Yao AGBEMENU. The Pattern of Growth in the Manufacturing Industry in
Ghana, 1958-1969. 
James William HARRINGTON. Locational Change in the US
Semiconductor Industry. 
Barbara Lynn BRUGMAN. A Spatial Perspective on the Process of
Technological Innovation in
Technology-Intensive Industry. 
Godfrey Emmanuel CHISANGA. The Wood Products Industry of the Lower
Columbia Region: Technological
Change, Evolution and Its Role in Regional Economic Development.
ALDWELL. Technological Rejuvenation and Competitiveness in the
Washington State Woodpulp Industry,
1960-1985: A Global Perspective. 
Lincoln University, Canterbury, NZ, 2001]
Edward Joseph DELANEY. New Firms' Innovative Search In A New-Technology
Industry: Evaluation of
Biotechnology Firms. 
Jesse Harrison BROWNING.
Regional Development, Technological Paradigms and
Policies: A Framework for
Conceptualizing Socioeconomic Processes. 
- Conceptualizing the Role of Innovation in Industrial Change and
- Innovation and Technology Strategy: Competitive New Technology Firms
and Industries. In: Giaoutizi, M., P.Nijkamp and D.Storey, eds., Small and
Medium Size Enterprises and Regional Development. London: Croom Helm,
- The Innovation Factor in the Process of Microeconomic Industrial
Change: Conceptual Explrations. in: E. Wever and G.A.van der Knaap, eds.,
New Technology and Regional Development. Beckenham: Croom Helm, 1987.
- Schumpeterian Perspectives on Entrepreneurship in Economic
Development: A Commentary. Geoforum 18(2), 1987, 173-86.
- Growth and Structural Change: The Role of Technical Innovation, in: A
Amin and J. Goddard, eds., Technological Change, Industrial Restructuring
and Regional Development. London: Allen & Unwin, 1985.
- Regional Economic Development and the Role of Innovation and
in: Thwaites,-A.-T., ed.; Oakey,-R.-P., ed. The Regional Economic Impact
of Technological Change. New York: St.
Martin's Press (or London: Pinter), 1985, 13-35.
- Structural Change and Selected Dimensions of Technological Change, in:
Geographia Polonica 45, 1983, 83-95.
- Industry Perspectives on Growth and Change in the Manufacturing
Sector, in: Rees, Hewings, Stafford
- Growth and Change and the Innovative Firm, Geoforum 12(1), 1981.
- Explanatory Frameworks for Growth and Change in Multiregional Firms
Economic Geography 56(1), Jan. 1980, 1-17.
- Economic Development, Technological Change, and the New International
Economic Order, Geoforum 10(2), 1979, 129-40.
- Some Explanatory Concepts in Regional Science, Presidential Address,
Regional Science Association, Toronto 1976, in: Papers, Regional Science
Association 39, 1977, 7-23.
- Perspectives on Technological Change and the Process of Diffusion in
the Manufacturing Sector,
(with Le-Heron, Richard B.)
Economic-Geography; 51(3), July 1975, pages 231-51.
- Economic Development and Selected Organizational and Spatial
Perspectives of Technological Change
Economie-Appliquee; 28(2-3), 1975, 379-400.
- Growth Pole Theory, Technological Change and and Regional Economic
Growth, Papers, Regional Science Association, vol.34, 1975, 3-25.
- Structural Change and Regional Industrial Development, in: Spatial
Aspects of the Development Process, Helleiner and Stoehr, eds., Toronto:
Allister (for IGU Congress), 1974, pp.40-1.
- The Regional Problem, Structural Change and Growth Pole Theory, in:
Growth Poles and Growth Centers in Regional Planning. A.R. Kuklinski, ed.,
The Hague: Mouton, 1972, 69-102.
- Growth Pole Theory: An Examination of Some of Its Basic Concepts, in:
Niles M. Hansen, ed., Growth Centers in Regional Economic Development. New
York: Free Press, 1972, pp.50-81.
- Regional Economic Growth: Some Conceptual Aspects
Land-Economics; 45(1), Feb. 1969, pages 43-51.
- Sequential Changes in Economic Activity Patterns: Some Comments,
Annals (AAG), 54(3), 1964, 438-9.
- Resources and Regional Development: Some Comments, Papers, Regional
Science Association, 13, 1964, 201-5.
- The Export Base and Development Stages Theories of Regional Economic
Growth: An Appraisal. Land Economics 40 (1964), 421-32.
- Regional Economic Growth and Industrial Development, Papers, Regional
Science Association 10 1963, 61-75. [1962 Zuerich Conference]
- Some Comments on the Development and Contemporary Uses of the Regional
Method in the United States, Przeglad Geograficzny 33(2), 1961. (in
- Imports, Industrialization, and the Economic Growth of Lesser
Countries, Professional Geographer 13(5), 1961, 13-16.
- Programming, Industrial Interdependence and Economic Development,
University of Washington Business Review, October 1960, 48-57.
- Economic Activites in Small Areas, Land Economics 36(2), 1960, 164-71.
- Estimates of Water Uses in the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy
District for 1975, Annals (Association of American Geographers), 50(1),
March 1060, 22-41.
- A Regional Model for Projecting Industrial Water Consumption, Papers,
Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, XLIII (1958), 251-8.
- The Economic Base and a Region's Economy, Journal of the American
Institute of Planners. 23(2), 1957, 86-92.
- Manufacturing Industry in Belfast, Northern Island, Annals
(Association of American Geographers), 46 (June 1956), 175-96.
- Economic Geography and the Manufacturing Industry of Northern Ireland,
Economic Geography, 32(1), 1956, 75-86.
Morgan D. Thomas on the Internet:
[April Newsletter 1997 - disconnected]
Morgan Thomas Retires.
by the AAG
The retirement of Professor Morgan D. Thomas from the University of
Washington was commemorated on 3
March 1997 in Seattle. Professor Thomas retired at the end of 1996. He
served as Professor of Geography and
Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at the university.
1961 President of Western Regional Science Association
European Regional Science Association Conference, Rome, August 1997
Technological Change in Urban and Regional Economic Development
Morgan D. Thomas, Jesse H. Browning, Department of Geography, University
of Washington, Seattle, USA
Forty years of innovative technologies in economic development regions in
North America, Western
Europe and Japan (GA-17)
During the last 40 years, Industrial Countries have been significantly
interested in the growth and quality of technical
innovations and technologies. In this paper, important foundations for the
discussions of these ideas are the
generally accepted perceptions that: 1. innovations provide the cutting
edges for advancing technologies; and 2.
advancing technologies are a major permissive source of economics growth
Washington School of Economic
"The behavioural industrial theoretical approach was first applied in a
substantive research context, true to the advocacy of behavioural
theorists in economics, in studies produced as part of and subsequent to
Thomas's 'Growth pole and regional development' project at the University
of Washington in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This involved a series of
papers which applied behavioural theory mainly to the analysis of large
firms in oligopolistic production structures and provided a solid
foundation, in terms of conceptual application and empirical work, for a
behavioural theory of industrial geography....
Simon (1959) had commented that the first applications of behavioural
theory would be to those topics where the assumptions of static
equilibrium were least tenable. The work stemming from the Washington
School seems to have followed this closely in dealing with the problem
areas of innovation, technological change and economic development, all of
which require a dynamic framework for analysis....
The aim of the following section is to introduce aspects of the
'geography of enterprise' included by and stemming from the Washington
(Martyn Carr, "A Contribution to the Review and Critique of Behavioural
Industrial Location Theory," Progress in human Geography 7(3), 1983, pp.
386-401; here: p.389)
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