Between Location, Persistence and Relocation—Early Historical and Spatial Trajectories of the Polish Aviation Industry

  • Lech SuwalaEmail author


The location, persistence and relocation of economic activities address one of the classical topics and certainly depict the raison d’être in economic geography. The Polish aviation industry illustrates an interesting case study due to its very dynamic nature and its affection by profound spatial ruptures in the past with regard to this complex relationship. The rationale of this chapter is to highlight the pervasive locational competition from a historical perspective by analysing the processes of location, persistence and relocation in the Polish aviation industry since its inception until 1945 and by reconstructing historical and spatial trajectories through an enterprise genealogy. In the first part, a general theoretical discussion of approaches to ‘location, persistence and relocation’ will be given. The very essence of the chapter in the second part, however, is the reconstruction of historical and spatial paths within the Polish aviation industry. To this extent, the discussion focuses on changing locational attributes, political circumstances, production logics, and targeted markets and their impact on the persistence and/or relocation of parts of the industry.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of GeographyHumboldt-University of BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Urban and Regional PlanningTechnical University BerlinBerlinGermany

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