An examination of business occupier relocation decision making : distinguishing small and large firm behaviour

Greenhalgh, Paul (2008) An examination of business occupier relocation decision making : distinguishing small and large firm behaviour. Journal of Property Research, 25 (2). pp. 107-126. ISSN 0959-9916

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Abstract

This paper explores how business occupiers decide whether and where to relocate. It captures the experience and behaviour of a range of sizes and types of business occupier and subjects their decision-making processes to detailed scrutiny. A linear three-stage decision model is used to sequence and structure interviews with individuals who have intimate involvement with the relocation of 28 firms and organizations in Tyne and Wear, in the north-east of England. The 'constant comparative' method is used to analyse the interview data, from which emerges 18 key concepts, comprising 51 characteristic components. Using an axial approach, these are organized into 10 cross-cutting themes that represent the main areas of consideration or influence on the thinking of the people involved in determining whether a firm or organization should relocate and, if so, where to. The resulting analysis finds that organizations adopt varying degrees of sophistication when making relocation decisions; small firms are more inclined to make decisions based on constrained information; larger organizations adopt a more complex approach. Regardless of firm size, key individuals exert considerable influence over the decision-making process and its outcome.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2010 18:24
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 15:26
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1656

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