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Dynamic Processes of Territorial Embeddedness in International Online Fashion Retailing

Wood, Steve, Coe, Neil M., Watson, Iain and Teller, Christoph (2019) Dynamic Processes of Territorial Embeddedness in International Online Fashion Retailing Economic Geography.

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Global retail expansion involves dynamic relations between retailers and variegated institutional, competitive and consumer-based demands across different spatial scales. Economic geographers have framed these processes through the inter-related concepts of territorial, network and societal embeddedness of store-based retailers, but with a neglect of online retail TNCs which might enter overseas markets with minimal risk and sunk cost. This research assesses the relevance of concepts of embeddedness in the light of virtual retail networks by assessing how knowledge from the home market mediates any perceived need to localize within host market consumer cultures and institutions to achieve legitimacy, and, in turn, whether these activities might occur as a virtual or physical process. We undertook extensive case study research within five leading international online fashion retailers headquartered in the UK, involving fifty-five semi-structured interviews with chief executives, managing-, operations-, buying- and merchandising-directors. Our findings reveal market entry to be dominated by an inward-looking societal embeddedness approach with limited investment in overseas physical infrastructure and personnel as the management of product ranges and pricing, along with merchandise fulfilment, typically reside in the home market. Yet, with international experience, we conceptualize a staged and currently limited investment in territorial embeddedness through local subsidiary offices critical to realizing network embeddedness with the fashion media and the re-organization of fulfilment within some key host countries and wider supranational regions. Such developments demand increased investment and a decentralization of authority which will, in turn, likely necessitate significant reorganization of these emergent international firms.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Coe, Neil M.
Watson, Iain
Date : 2019
DOI : 10.1080/00130095.2019.1592672
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Economic Geography on 31 May 2019 available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords : Global retailing; Online retailing; Territorial embeddedness; Societal embeddedness, Networks, Distribution
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 22 Feb 2019 14:41
Last Modified : 31 May 2020 02:08

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