Gerald R. PATCHELL 百察樂
PhD Simon Frazer University, 1991
Associate Professor

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Full CV
HBA, MA Western Ontario; PhD Simon Fraser
“I don’t do business that don’t make me smile.” Jimmy Buffett
Therefore, I teach courses on the environment and do research that integrates environmental issues with fun economic activities. To do so, I reoriented my training in economic geography to incorporate the environment and broaden my range of topic areas. I teach courses on sustainable development, environment and business, and environmental governance. I also teach a course on Japan because that’s where I’ve done most of my research and because my sons love sushi.
My research focus is on how competitors cooperate in inter-firm relations, in local and regional settings, in the global commons, and in support of sustainable development. My topic areas include competitive-cooperative relations in the robot, electric vehicle, Japanese houses, precious wood, multi-media, wine, and skiing industries. I’ve also delved into theory. Some of this research has been more fun than others.
Research Interests
  • Territorial and Inter-firm Cooperation
  • Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Economic Geography
  • The Organization of Variety
  • Business and Environment
  • Japan
Representative Publications
  • 2004, "High tech 'Large Firms' in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia: Congregation without Clustering?", [co-authored with Hayter, R, Rees, K], in R B Le Heron and J W Harrington eds. New Economic Spaces, New Economic Geographies. London: Ashgate.<
  • 2003, "Governance for University-Industry Collaboration in Hong Kong",[co-authored with Tony Eastham], in Roel Rutten, Frans Boekema, and Elsa Kuijpers (eds.) Universities, Knowledge Infrastructure and the Learning Region. London:Routledge.
  • 2002, "Linking Production and Consumption: The co-evolution of interaction systems in the Japanese house industry", Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 92 pp. 284-301.
  • 1999, "Creating the Japanese Electric Vehicle Industry: the challenges of uncertainty and cooperation", Environment & Planning A, vol. 31 pp. 997-1016.
  • 1997, "Japanese Precious Wood and the Paradoxes of Added Value", [co-authored with Roger Hayter], Geographical Review, vol. 87 (3) pp. 375-395.
  • 1996, "Kaleidoscope Economies: cooperation, competition and control in regional development", Annals of the Association of American Geographers, vol. 86 (3), pp. 481-506.
  • 1993, "From Production Systems to Learning Systems: lessons from Japan", Environment and Planning A, Vol. 25, no. 7, pp. 797-815
Forthcoming / Work In Progress
  • 2008, "Economic Geography: Industrial Organization", in eds. Rob Kitchen and Nigel Thrift, International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (Elsevier).
  • 2008, "Collectivity and Differentiation: a tale of two wine territories Environment and Planning A".
  • 2008, "The Region as Organization: differentiation and collectivity in Bordeaux, Napa, and Chianti Classico", in ed. Christina Stringer and Richard LeHeron Agri-food Commodity Chains and Globalising Networks (Ashgate).
  • With Roger Hayter; Markets, Institutions, and Innovation: an introduction to economic geography (draft complete)
  • The Organization of Variety: regional collectivity and differentiation in Napa, Chianti Classico and Bordeaux
Courses Taught
  • SOSC 146: Introduction to Japan
  • SOSC 217: Business and the Environment
  • SOSC 301E: Sustainable Development
  • SOSC 562: Sustainable Development

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