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South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

On-line version ISSN 2224-7890
Print version ISSN 1012-277X


BAM, W.G.; DE BRUYNE, K.  and  SCHUTTE, C.S.L.. Factors affecting the location of economic activities: a multi-disciplinary review and conceptual framework. S. Afr. J. Ind. Eng. [online]. 2020, vol.31, n.4, pp.115-135. ISSN 2224-7890.

A holistic framework that enables a systematic evaluation of the factors affecting the location of economic activities has thus far been lacking. Using a structured review, this research summarises the key developments that address this issue. Based on this review, a conceptual framework is proposed. The framework is location-centric - i.e., it evaluates the performance of a location in supporting a specific activity aimed at a particular market. It aims to assist both firms and policymakers to evaluate the key location determinants that drive the location of activities.

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