Critically Assessing Business Geographies: Tools, Techniques, and Histories

Type: Paper
Theme: Expanding the Community of Geography
Sponsor Groups: Applied Geography Specialty Group, Business Geography Specialty Group, Economic Geography Specialty Group, Careers and Professional Development
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2020
Start / End Time: 8:40 AM / 9:55 AM
Room: Granite A, Hyatt Regency, Third Floor
Organizers: John Swab
Chairs: John Swab

Call for Submissions

Ongoing declines in the enrollment of geography majors and the increasing pressure of proving a degree’s value has left the discipline searching for ways to maintain relevance for students. While traditional career paths such as cartography, real estate development, and market research have provided employment for geography degree holders for decades, the linkages between these forms of business geography and critical scholarship have been left largely underexamined.
In this space, where geographic ideas and techniques are put to commercial use, there is much work to be done to understand the disciplines’ contributions to various economic sectors. Moreover, by examining the implications of these contributions, geographers can begin to understand our impact of geographical techniques outside of the academy.

This session seeks to enhance the dialogue between critical and business geographies, seeing to examine the deeper epistemological links, historical figures, methodological tools, and discontinuities between these two fields. To that end, presentation topics might include:

• Linkages between applied economic geography and cartography
• Innovations and developments in geospatial technologies and techniques utilized towards commercial enterprises
• The role of ethics in commercial and economic geography
• The tools and trade of site selection in various industries
• Marketing geography and location intelligence
• Historical figures spanning business and economic geography
• Critical perspectives on the techniques of business geography

All topics regardless of their geographic and temporal settings are welcomed to apply.

This session is co-sponsored by the Applied Geography, Business Geography, History of Geography, and Economic Geography Specialty Groups.



Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Monica Shukla-Belmontes*, Brandman University, Business Intelligence Applications of GIS and Data Analytics 15 8:40 AM
Presenter Petr Grin*, University of Northern Iowa, Utilization of a machine learning algorithm to support retail chain store location decisions 15 8:55 AM
Presenter James Pick, University of Redlands, Avijit Sarkar*, University of Redlands, Thomas Horan, University of Redlands, Spatial Business Strategies: Evidence of Evolution from the Private Sector 15 9:10 AM
Presenter Richard Florida, University of Toronto, Karen King*, University of Toronto, Geography of Venture Capital in Canada 15 9:25 AM
Presenter John Swab*, University of Kentucky, Inventing the Art & Science of Site Selection: William Applebaum and Mid-Century Geography 15 9:40 AM

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