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Software Industry from an Economic Geographical Perspective: Progress and Implications for China

  • The Center of Modern Chinese City Studies, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China

Received date: 2010-09-01

  Revised date: 2011-01-01

  Online published: 2011-06-25


Since the 1990s, the rapid development of the software industry has made the software industry become the main part of the informational service industry in many countries. At the same time, Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO) is rising all over the world, which makes the GPN of software industry more complex. In recent years, the research on software industry has become popular in many fields such as economics, management, and economic geography. Though there were many papers on software industry from the economic geographical perspective, most of them focused on developed countries and India, while few academic researchers engaging in economic geography analyzed the software industry in China. Therefore, this paper reviews and studies on the researches on the software industry at home and abroad, and summarizes the general research approaches in order to provide a reference to studies on the software industry in China. This paper tries to give a systematic review of literatures on the economic geographical research of software industry from four aspects as follows: research on the distribution of the software industry at global, regional, and city-level scales, research on the driving forces of the software industry's spatial structure, research on the industrial cluster of software industry, and research on the GPN of software industry. Finally, on the basis of the above reviews, this paper summarizes the research methods and reveals some implications for the future researches on software industry in China.

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BI Xiujing, WANG Mingfeng, NING Yuemin . Software Industry from an Economic Geographical Perspective: Progress and Implications for China[J]. PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY, 2011 , 30(6) : 658 -669 . DOI: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2011.06.003


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