Geographic signatures: Firm proximities and performance

Varghese P. George, Akbar Zaheer

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Abstract

Research on firm location typically adopts a regional perspective and ascribes cluster benefits to firms. This study considers a firm's complete national geographic presence, including their sub-units, relative to all other firms. We focus on the US pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries due to their knowledgeintensive nature. We carefully define the two industries as 'alter' to each other. Higher firm level performance is associated with greater scattering of a firm's sub-units. There are surprising adverse effects of proximity to firms in the 'alter' industry and no effect of proximity to directly competing firms in the 'ego' industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
Event66th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2006 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Aug 11 2006Aug 16 2006

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Other66th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2006
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period8/11/068/16/06

Keywords

  • Benefits and costs of proximity
  • Geographic signature of firms
  • Knowledge intensive industries

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    George, V. P., & Zaheer, A. (2006). Geographic signatures: Firm proximities and performance. Paper presented at 66th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2006, Atlanta, GA, United States. https://doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2006.22896776