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Brexit and the discursive construction of the corporation

Fuller, Crispian 2020. Brexit and the discursive construction of the corporation. Journal of Economic Geography
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The UK decision to exit the EU in 2016 has led to economic uncertainty. Foreign corporations with UK subsidiaries have sought to mediate these uncertainties while a final agreement is negotiated. Critical to this is the relationship between HQs and these subsidiaries. Discourse analysis has increasingly been used to examine corporate relations, with the corporation viewed as socially constructed through discourses and perpetual deliberations. Deploying a discourse approach, and recognising the importance of topological spatial relations, this paper examines the relationship between HQs and UK-based subsidiaries during the Brexit negotiation period. In conclusion, HQs have generally devolved responsibility to subsidiaries for responding to Brexit, involving ‘consensual’ relations with subsidiaries, and less intrusive ‘stretched’ topological power relations.

Item Type: Article
Status: In Press
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
ISSN: 1468-2702
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 September 2020
Date of Acceptance: 11 September 2020
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2021 12:09

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