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date: 20 April 2019

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This article examines how inter-organizational relations (IORs) have been developed and analysed in economic geography during the past two decades. To make apparent the different perspectives in economic geography that are linked directly to IORs as a field of study, this article reviews and evaluates two major strands of the literature: inter-organizational networks and spatial development; and relational networks and global production networks (GPNs). Whereas the first strand of geographical perspectives deploys inter-organizational networks to explain the nature and characteristics of economic development on local and regional scales, the second body of work focuses primarily on relational networks in GPNs and places a great deal of emphasis on how inter-organizational relations are mediated through complex power relations constituted at multiple geographical scales, particularly at the global scale.

Keywords: inter-organizational relations, economic geography, inter-organizational networks, spatial development, relational networks, global production networks

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