1993 volume 25(6) pages 761 – 777
doi:10.1068/a250761

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Michalak W Z, Fairbairn K J, 1993, "The producer service complex of Edmonton: the role and organization of producer services firms in a peripheral city" Environment and Planning A 25(6) 761 – 777

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The producer service complex of Edmonton: the role and organization of producer services firms in a peripheral city

W Z Michalak, K J Fairbairn

Received 9 June 1992; in revised form 30 September 1992

Abstract. In this paper the authors examine the subcontracting behaviour of producer service firms in a peripheral metropolitan city. The objective of this empirical investigation is to uncover spatial and organizational linkages of producer services that have developed in response to changes in the industrial organization of a modern capitalist production system. The focus is on three types of linkages, namely subcontracting, inputs of producer services, and inputs of goods and final services. The data collected through a survey of producer services in Edmonton reveal that subcontracting rather than internalization is the main mode of production. Therefore the producer service sector can play an important role as a supplier of indigenous higher-order services and innovations, inducing better productivity rates in other industrial sectors including resource-oriented local producers.

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