Where are the Web Factories?
The Urban Bias of e-Business Location
Sean P. Gorman
has been considered the great equalizer for business, allowing distant
locals to compete with large metropolitan regions. Recent research
points to a different geography, where domains and connectivity
cluster predominantly in large urban areas. The question remains
are new businesses of the Internet economy doing the same or avoiding
metropolitan areas. This paper will examine the head and branch
locations of the top forty e-business integration firms in the U.S.
The analysis of the distribution of these locations will provide
insight to what regions most benefit from the Internet Economy.
Further the data should provide a useful comparison to metropolitan
trends for domain and connectivity agglomeration.
economic development, e-business, cybergeography
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support from the National Science Foundation, under the Urban Research
(C) 1999, 2000, 2001 Taub Urban Research Center, New York University