The global grid and the tyranny of proximity

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Global information infrastructures have been credited with the 'death' of the 'tyranny of distance' that was observed by Blainey in his 1966 analysis of the socio-economic development of Australia. The 'death of distance' implies that any capability accessed over a distance is ultimately available to all and cannot sustain a competitive advantage. One consequence of this is what Turnbull describes as the 'tyranny of proximity' or the 'Adelaide Syndrome,' where globalisation results in the concentration of business and talent drawn from less economically active regions in order to build 'local' advantage. There is compelling evidence for this position, however such an extrapolation relies heavily on the ceteris paribus principle and in the case of high productivity Grid computing the relationship between distance and economic geography appears too complex for this principle to apply. This paper explores this relationship within a UK Economic and Social Research Council project that has linked grid computing resources in Australia and the UK and applied these resources to grid-enabled business data in both countries to help counter one emerging disadvantage of regional concentration: the growth of a 'psychic' distance with customers. Drawing parallels with Edison's first Grid, we use this project to focus on the value of the Grid to existing business as a necessary pre-condition for its role in transforming business.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th ISPE International conference on concurent engineering, 26-30 July 2004
EditorsM Sobolewski, J Cha
PublisherTsinghua University Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9787302088028
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Event11th International Conference on Concurrent Engineering - Beijing, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jul 200430 Jul 2004

Publication series

NameConcurrent Engineering- The Worldwide Engineering Grid


Conference11th International Conference on Concurrent Engineering
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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