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Anyone who is interested, in participating in the session, please send an 
abstract conforming to the requirements of the AAG (see 
http://annualmeeting.aag.org/submit_an_abstract) and provide their PIN by 
Monday, October 22, 2018 to John Bryson 
(j.r.bry...@bham.ac.uk<mailto:j.r.bry...@bham.ac.uk>) and Vida Vanchan 


Towards Responsible Business? Innovations and Transformations in the 
Geographies of Production and Work

Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting
(Washington DC, April 3-7 2019)

Sponsored by the Economic Geography Specialty Group

Organizers: John R. Bryson (University of Birmingham, UK) & Vida Vanchan (SUNY 
Buffalo State, US)

We are living in interesting times that include trade wars combined with new 
process and technological innovations that are transforming both the nature of 
work, but also the geographic organization of production. There is another 
concern that is beginning to influence debates across the social sciences. This 
is a concern with 'responsible business'. This adds a third process that is 
beginning to shape teaching in business schools, but also to impact on some 
company behavior. These three processes - the reworking of trading 
relationship, radical and adaptive innovations and responsible business - are 
altering global and local production networks and simultaneously destroying 
jobs and creating new forms of work and organization. The interrelationships 
between these processes includes the reshoring of manufacturing jobs to the US 
and the UK from low-cost production locations, but also some shift towards more 
responsible approaches to organizing work and production. This process of 
change also includes the application of Artificial Intelligence to business and 
professional services combined with recent debates on green services.  At this 
time, it becomes important for geographies to chart the characteristics of 
these transformations and to explore the interrelationship between alterations 
in the global organization of production and local adaptions including the 
substitution of employees by AI, but within the context of a debate on 
responsible business.

This call for papers is intended to stimulate a debate on new ways of 
organizing production and work. We are using the term production to embrace 
manufacturing and services on the understanding that these two activities are 
interrelated. We are also not isolating work from production. The sessions are 
intended to bring debates together across economic geography including those 
that focus on work and skills and those that are more concerned with global and 
local production networks. We welcome papers on all types of production, sector 
and work, but encourage papers that explore the impacts of all types of 
innovations and transformations.

Papers may examine topics including, but are not restricted to:

*       The on-going transformation of production-orientated or 
manufacturing-orientated activities.
*       The on-going transformation of business and professional services 
including the impacts of AI and Big Data.
*       The changing nature of work and worker.
*       The regulation of innovation.
*       Policy development and the emergence of new geographies of production.
*       The economic geography of production in smaller towns and cities.
*       Mass production, mass consumptions, but also project-based work.
*       New drivers that are altering the geographic organization of production.
*       Innovations in logistics including supply chain management.
*       Case studies (of all forms) of small, medium, and large 
manufacturing/service/hybrid firms, and all subsector studies (process 
chemicals, automotive, aerospace, energy, agricultural equipment, consumer 
products, business and professional services, design etc.).
*       The impacts of new technologies including artificial intelligence and 
robotics and autonomous systems.
*       Studies that explore manufacturing/services in particular regional or 
national settings.
*       Evaluation of policy interventions.
*       Responsible or sustainable approaches to business.

Anyone interested in participating in the session should send an abstract 
conforming to the requirements of the AAG (see 
http://annualmeeting.aag.org/submit_an_abstract) and provide their PIN by 
Monday, October 22, 2018 to John Bryson 
(j.r.bry...@bham.ac.uk<mailto:j.r.bry...@bham.ac.uk>) and Vida Vanchan 

Dr. Vida Vanchan
Associate Professor
Department of Geography and Planning
State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14222
Tel: 716-878-5209
E-mail: vanc...@buffalostate.edu<mailto:vanc...@buffalostate.edu>

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