The role of mature sectors in promoting regional economic development in the West Midlands


Berkeley, N. (2011) The role of mature sectors in promoting regional economic development in the West Midlands. Unpublished PhD Thesis. Coventry: Coventry University


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This thesis brings together a coherent and inter-linked body of research published between 2000 and 2009 on clothing manufacturing; a sector that could be labelled ‘mature’ in its phase of economic development in Western economies. It investigates why in recent decades, despite notable early resilience the clothing industry within the West Midlands Region in the UK has declined markedly, placing this decline in the context of the picture nationally and internationally. It provides an in-depth analysis of the how the sector is placed to adapt, reverse decline and enhance its competitiveness, conceptualising firm behaviour in respect of attitudes to growth and change. Finally, it prescribes strategies and actions for the sustainability of such mature manufacturing sectors within modern growth-led economies. In doing so it recognises the crucial role played by government institutions at all scales in facilitating this process.



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Item TypeThesis (PhD)
TitleThe role of mature sectors in promoting regional economic development in the West Midlands
Authors Berkeley, N. (profile-link for )
Uncontrolled Keywordsclothing manufacturing, West Midlands, UK, mature manufacturing sectors, economic growth
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Subject Headings
Clothing trade -- England -- West Midlands
Industries -- England -- West Midlands
Departments Business, Environment and Society
Business, Environment and Society/Applied Research Centre in Sustainable Regeneration (SURGE)
Additional InformationSome materials have been removed from this thesis due to third party copyright. Pages where material has been removed are clearly marked in the electronic version. The unabridged version of the thesis can be viewed at the Lanchester Library, Coventry University.
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Deposited on 24-Feb-2014 in Research - Coventry.
Last modified on 24-Feb-2014

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