Wal-Mart World: The World's Biggest Corporation in the Global Economy

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Stanley D. Brunn
Taylor & Francis, 2006 - Business & Economics - 410 pages
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Now that Wal-Mart has conquered the US, can it conquer the world? As Wal-Mart World shows, the corporation is certainly trying. For a number of years, Wal-Mart has been the largest company in the United States. Now, though, it is the largest company in the world. Its global labor practices and outsourcing strategies represent for many what contemporary economic globalization is all about. But Wal-Mart is not standing still, and is opening up stores everywhere. From Germany to Beijing to Mexico City to Tokyo, more than a billion shoppers can now hunt for bargains at a Wal-Mart superstore. Wal-Mart World is the first book to look at this incredibly important phenomenon in global perspective, with chapters that range from its growth in the US and impact on labor relations here to its fortunes overseas. How Wal-Mart manages this transition in the near future will play a significant role in the determining the character of the global economy. Wal-Mart World's impressively broad scope makes it necessary reading for anyone interested in the global impact of this economic colossus.
  

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Contents

WalMart and Its Historical Forbears
3
Mapping the Reach of a Retail Colossus
15
Chapter 3 WalMarts World
27
Early Years and Store Location
45
Financing the Worlds Largest Retailer from the Periphery
47
Chapter 5 WalMart Supercenter Market Share of Grocery Retailing in US Metropolitan Areas
55
Chapter 6 WalMartscapes in Rural and SmallTown America
63
Organizational Culture
77
From Agricultural Volatility to RedState Culture
203
Issues of Resistance and Cultural Heritage
213
Globalization
225
WalMarts Global Logistics Empire with Special Reference to the China Southern California Connection
227
WalMart in the United Kingdom
243
Chapter 19 Challenges Facing WalMart in the German Market
261
Retail Globalization and Local Competition in Japan and Germany
275
WalMart in China
293

Organizational Culture at WalMart
79
The New Retail Colossus
91
Chapter 9 Labor and the WalMart Effect
99
Matters of Scale Scale Matters
115
Culture Communities and Conflicts
141
Chapter 11 The Institutional Semiotics of WalMart Flyers and Signage in the United States United Kingdom Germany and China
143
A Political Phenomenology of WalMart
163
Where the Heart Is and King of the Hill
179
Chapter 14 Examining WalMarts Relationships with Local Communities through Investigation of Advertising
193
A Case Study in Shenzhen
315
Chapter 23 Supermarkets and the Mart of Ling Shou
331
Chapter 24 Globalization of Food Retailing and the Consequences of WalMartization in Mexico
343
Sizing Up the Chains Mexican Success Story
357
Bibliography
369
Contributors
399
Index
403
Back cover
411
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About the author (2006)

Stanley D. Brunn is Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky.He is the former editor of both The Professional Geographer and of the Annals, AAG.
His research record includes a number of authored and edited books and numerous articles that have appeared in geography and interdisciplinary journals. He has taught for short periods at more than a dozen European and Central Asian universities; these include Finland, Sweden, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Bosnia, Kosovo, Kazakstan, and Kyrgyzstan. During the past four decades he has made presentations at dozens of national and international conferences. He was elected University of Kentucky Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1989-90. Stan has also been active in the Association of American Geographers, including editor of both The Professional Geographer and of the Annals, AAG. He received AAG Honors in 1994; also he has served on a number of IGU, NCGE, and AAG committees, including co-chair of the AAG Centennial Coordinating Committee. During the past two decades he has worked with educators in Kentucky to train teachers and to improve the quality of instruction in the state's schools. Among the many highlights of his professional career was his appearance on NBC's Today Show in 1971 to discuss his proposed political reorganization of the United States.

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