Geographia Polonica (2015) vol. 88, iss. 1

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Settlement concentration of economic potential represented by IT corporations

Wioletta Kilar

Geographia Polonica (2015) vol. 88, iss. 1, pp. 123-141
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0009

Abstract

The paper attempts to discuss research on spatial variation in the distribution of the headquarters of 100 leading IT corporations by city in the years 2003-2011. The research shows that the global space offers powerful opportunities for differentiating the headquarters of leading IT corporations. This is emphasised by the number of headquarters per city and their spatial concentration. Predominantly, they can be found in six areas: the Japanese-Korean area, eastern China, the West Coast of the USA, the East Coast of the USA, the central partof the USA, and north-western Europe. Tokyo, Kyoto, Hsinchu, Paris, Santa Clara, San Jose, Sunnyvale and Taipei offer the best conditions for locating headquarters of IT corporations and house the highest numberof headquarters.

Keywords: IT corporation • economic potential • settlement concentration

Wioletta Kilar, Pedagogical University of Krakow Department of Entrepreneurship and Spatial Management Podchorążych 2, 30-084 Krakow: Poland