The role of mature sectors in promoting regional economic development in the West Midlands

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD by Publication


    This thesis brings together a coherent and inter-linked body of research published between 2000 and 2009 on clothing manufacturing; a sector that could be labelled ‘mature’ in its phase of economic development in Western economies. It investigates why in recent decades, despite notable early resilience the clothing industry within the West Midlands Region in the UK has declined markedly, placing this decline in the context of the picture nationally and internationally. It provides an in-depth analysis of the how the sector is placed to adapt, reverse decline and enhance its competitiveness, conceptualising firm behaviour in respect of attitudes to growth and change. Finally, it prescribes strategies and actions for the sustainability of such mature manufacturing sectors within modern growth-led economies. In doing so it recognises the crucial role played by government institutions at all scales in facilitating this process.
    Date of Award2011
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • Coventry University


    • clothing manufacturing
    • economic growth
    • West Midlands, UK
    • mature manufacturing sectors

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