Dr Phil Tomlinson
BA (Hons), MSc, PhD
Job Title: Senior Lecturer (Business Economics)
Subject Group: Business, Society and Business Economics
Key Research Interests: Globalisation, Governance, Development, Clusters
My research has tended to come under the themes of globalisation, economic governance and development, which have been at the forefront of the political and economic debate for much of the last decade. In this respect, part of my research has focused upon the role of transnational corporations and in particular, examining the wider impact of their activities for local and regional economic development (with an emphasis upon the Japanese economy) and also upon key inter-connected stakeholders such as governments, supplier firms and trade unions.
I am also interested in exploring the nature of relationships between firms and also with institutions within regional clusters (and/or ‘industrial districts’) and more broadly within inter-firm and industry networks, which tend to have a wider geographical scope. In particular, I am interested in the impact of inter-firm co-operative ties and the role of institutions upon firm and industry performance and also in relation to innovation/innovative activities and again in exploring the wider implications of these linkages for local and regional development paths.
I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students who are interested in these broad research fields. I am particularly interested in proposals that aim to uncover new insights in these areas through empirical investigation (either via qualitative and/or quantitative approaches) and possibly through studies which are international in scope, and which aim to provide lessons for both industrial and public policy.
Recent Publications 2001 to date
Bailey D, Coffey D, & Tomlinson PR (2007) Crisis or Recovery in Japan: State and Industrial Economy: 224. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Tomlinson PR & Jackson I. (Forthcoming 2013) Co-operative ties and the impact of external factors upon innovation in an industrial district: some insights from the North Staffordshire Table and Giftware sector. Regional Studies DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2011.585148
Tomlinson PR & Fai F (Forthcoming 2013) The nature of SME Co-operation and innovation: a multi-scalar and multi-dimensional analysis. International Journal of Production Economics. 141(1): 316-326. DOI:10.1016/j.ijpe.2012.08.012
Branston JR, Tomlinson PR & Wilson JR. (2012) Strategic Failure in the Financial Sector: A Policy View. International Journal of the Economics of Business. 19(2): 169-189. DOI:10.1080/13571516.2012.684927
Tomlinson PR (2012) Industry Institutions, Social Capital and Firm Participation in Industrial Development. Industrial and Corporate Change 21(1): 1-29 DOI:10.1093/icc/dtr028
Cowling K. & Tomlinson PR (2011) The Japanese Model in retrospective: Industrial Strategies, Corporate Japan and the 'Hollowing out' of Japanese industry. Policy Studies 32(6):569-583. DOI:10.1080/01442872.2011.601208
Cowling K & Tomlinson PR (2011) Post the 'Washington Consensus: Economic Governance and Industrial Strategies for the 21st Century. Cambridge Journal of Economics. 35(5): 831-852. DOI:10.1093/cje/ber003
Hervas Oliver J, Jackson I & Tomlinson PR (2011) May the ovens never grow cold: Recession and Resilience in the North Staffordshire Ceramics Industry. Policy Studies 32(4):377-395. DOI:10.1080/01442872.2011.571855
Cowling K, Dunn S & Tomlinson PR (2011) Global Imbalances, the Present Crisis and Modern Capitalism: A Structural Approach. Journal of Post Keynesian Economics. 33(4): 575-600. DOI:10.2753/PKE0160-3477330403
Cowling K, Poolsombat R & Tomlinson PR. (2011) Advertising and Labour Supply: Why do Americans work such long hours? International Review of Applied Economics. 25(3):283-301. DOI:10.1080/02692171.2010.483472
Tomlinson PR. (2011) Strong ties, Substantive Embeddedness and Innovation: Exploring Differences in the Innovative Performance of Small and Medium Sized Firms in UK Manufacturing. Knowledge and Process Management. 18(2): 95-108. DOI:10.1002/kpm.376
Tomlinson PR. (2010) Co-operative Ties and Innovation: Some new evidence for UK manufacturing. Research Policy39(6):762-775. DOI:10.1016/j.respol.2010.02.010
Sacchetti S & Tomlinson PR. (2009) Economic governance and the evolution of industrial districts under globalisation: the case of two mature European industrial districts. European Planning Studies. 17(12):1837-1859. DOI:10.1080/09654310903322355
Jackson I & Tomlinson PR. (2009) The role of co-operation in a creative industry: the case of UK studio pottery. International Review of Applied Economics 23(6):691-708. DOI:10.1080/02692170903239861
Coffey D & Tomlinson PR. (2006) Multiple facilities, strategic splitting and vertical structures: stability, growth and distribution reconsidered. The Manchester School. 74(5):558-576. DOI:10.1111/j.1467-9957.2006.00509.x
Cowling K & Tomlinson PR (2005) Globalisation and corporate power. Contributions to Political Economy. 24 (1): 33-54. DOI:10.1093/cpe/bzi002
Tomlinson PR (2005) The overseas entry patterns of Japanese automobile assemblers, 1960 - 2000: globalisation of manufacturing capacity and the role of strategic contingency. International Journal of Automotive and Technology Management. 5(3):284-304. DOI:10.1504/IJATM.2005.008222
Coffey D & Tomlinson PR (2003) Globalisation, vertical relations and the j-mode firm. Journal of Post Keynesian Economics. 26(1):117-144. DOI: N/A
Cowling K & Tomlinson PR (2002) Revisiting the roots of Japan's economic stagnation: the role of the Japanese corporation. International Review of Applied Economics. 16(4):373-390. DOI:10.1080/02692170210161129
Tomlinson PR (2002) The real effects of transnational activity upon investment and labour demand within Japan's machinery industries. International Review of Applied Economics. 16 (2): 107-129. DOI:10.1080/02692170110118867
Cowling K & Tomlinson PR (2000) The Japanese Crisis: A Case of Strategic Failure? The Economic Journal, 110(464):358-381. DOI:10.1111/1468-0297.00545
Cowling K & Tomlinson PR (Forthcoming 2012) Monopoly Capitalism, in Meuller, D (Eds) The Handbook of Capitalism: 299-327, Oxford University Press.
Cowling K & Tomlinson PR (2011) Industrial Structure and the Macro Economy, in Arestis, P (Eds), Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Economic Policy: Essays in Honour of Malcolm Sawyer: 20-37, Palgrave-MacMillan, Basingstoke.
Cowling K & Tomlinson PR. (2007) Transnational monopoly capitalism, the J-mode firm and industrial 'hollowing out' in Japan. In Bailey D, Coffey D & Tomlinson PR (Eds.) Crisis or recovery in Japan: State and Industrial Economy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Sacchetti S & Tomlinson PR (2006) Globalisation, governance and clusters: the cases of the north Staffordshire ceramic and Prato textile industries. In Pitelis C, Sugden R, & Wilson JR (Eds.) Clusters and Globalisation: The Development of Economies: 232-257,Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Cowling K & Tomlinson PR (2003) Industrial policy, transnational corporations and the problem of 'hollowing out' in Japan. In Coffey D, & Thornley C (Eds.) Industrial and Labour Market Policy and Performance: 62-82. London: Routledge.
Cowling K & Tomlinson PR (2003) The Problem of Regional 'Hollowing Out' in Japan: Lessons for Regional Industrial Policy. In Chueng RH, Meadows R, & Sugden R. (Eds.) Urban and Regional Prosperity in a Globalised Economy: 33-58. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Coffey D & Tomlinson PR (2003) Co-ordination and hierarchy in the Japanese firm: The strategic decision making approach vs aoki. In Waterson M. (Ed.) Competition, monopoly and corporate governance: Essays in honour of Keith Cowling: 3-19. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.