Professor James Faulconbridge


Research Overview

I have three inter-related areas of research focus:


Globalization and professional service firms

I am also interested in theories of globalization and the way these can be used to understand the globalization of professional service firms. Recent research in this area includes:

  • An ESRC funded project on the globalization executive search firms
  • A British Academy funded project on the globalization architecture firms
  • A Sloan foundation project on the work of global advertising agencies in US cities


Knowledge, learning and innovation

My work uses theories of communities of practice as well as related theories of knowledge and learning to examine the practices and spaces of learning in different organisations. Relevant projects include:

  • An ESRC funded project on professional training and education that analyses the local and global influences on education, training and learning in law firms
  • A British Council funded Exchange programme exploring the way knowledge and practice relating to sustainable building design travels


Mobility in everyday and business life

Work in this area focuses on the now central role of mobility in both day-to-day social life and in the reproduction of global business spaces. Drawing on and contributing to work on the ‘mobilities turn’ in the social sciences, as well as work on concepts of practice, recent projects include:

  • A Research Councils Energy Programme funded project focusing on mobility and the implications of disruptions to mobility for personal and business lives and for the carbon impacts of travel
  • A European Research Council funded network exploring ‘The Future of Business Mobilities’


Wealth segmentation and the mobilities of the super-rich: a conceptual framework
Beaverstock, J.V., Faulconbridge, J. 2014 In: Elite mobilities. London : Routledge p. 40-61. 22 p. ISBN: 9780415655804.

Situated bottom of the pyramid markets and the multinational corporation
Faulconbridge, J.R. 09/2013 In: Marketing Theory. 13, 3, p. 393-396. 4 p.
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Mobile "green' design knowledge: institutions, bricolage and the relational production of embedded sustainable building designs
Faulconbridge, J. 04/2013 In: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 38, 2, p. 339-353. 15 p.
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The Global Professional Service Firm: ‘One Firm’ Models versus (Italian) Distant Institutionalized Practices
Muzio, D., Faulconbridge, J. 2013 In: Organization Studies. 34, 7, p. 897-925.
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Economic geographies of power: methodological challenges and interdisciplinary analytical possibilities
Faulconbridge, J. 12/2012 In: Progress in Human Geography. 36, 6, p. 734-756. 23 p.
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Alliance “Capitalism” and Legal Education: An English Perspective
Faulconbridge, J. 1/06/2012 In: Fordham Law Review. 80, 6, p. 2651-2659. 9 p.
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Institutional legacies in TNCs and their management through training academies: the case of transnational law firms in Italy
Faulconbridge, J., Muzio, D., Cook, A. 01/2012 In: Global Networks. 12, 1, p. 48-70. 23 p.
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The rescaling of the professions: towards a transnational sociology of the professions
Faulconbridge, J., Muzio, D. 01/2012 In: International Sociology. 27, 1, p. 109-125. 17 p.
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The business of global cities
Beaverstock, J.V., Faulconbridge, J. 2012 London : Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-67170-5.

Executive Search
Beaverstock, J.V., Faulconbridge, J., Hall, S. 2012 In: The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Globalization. Wiley Blackwell 7 p.
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

The professions
Faulconbridge, J. 2012 In: The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Globalization. Wiley-Blackwell 7 p.
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Business knowledges within and between the world city
Faulconbridge, J., Hall, S. 2012 In: The international handbook of globalization and world cities. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar p. 230-239. 10 p. ISBN: 978-1-84844-647-2.

The geography of management consultancy firms
Faulconbridge, J., Jones, A. 2012 In: The Oxford handbook of management consulting firms. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 225-243. 19 p. ISBN: 978-0-19-923504-9.

London’s Legal Elite: recruitment through cultural capital and the reproduction of social exclusivity in City professional service fields
Cook, A., Faulconbridge, J., Muzio, D. 2012 In: Environment and Planning A: Environment and Planning. 44, 7, p. 1744-1762. 19 p.
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Book review: The economic geography of air transportation; Bowen J
Faulconbridge, J. 09/2011 In: Journal of Economic Geography. 11, 5, 2 p.
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You are the way you fly: on the association between business travel and business class travel
Derrudder, B., Beaverstock, J.V., Faulconbridge, J., Storme, T., Witlox, F. 07/2011 In: Journal of Transport Geography. 19, 4

Towards corporate professionalization: the case of project management, management consultancy and executive search
Muzio, D., Hodgson, D., Faulconbridge, J., Beaverstock, J., Hall, S. 07/2011 In: Current Sociology. 59, 4, p. 443-464. 22 p.
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The globalization of advertising.
Faulconbridge, J.R., Beaverstock, J.V., Nativel, C., Taylor, P.J. 2011 London & New York : Routledge. 189 p. ISBN: 978-0-415-56716-9.

Globalization and the city
Beaverstock, J.V., Faulconbridge, J.R., Hoyler, M. 2011 In: The Sage Handbook of Economic Geography. London : Sage p. 189-201. 13 p. ISBN: 9781848601147.

Professionalization, legitimization and the creation of executive search markets in Europe.
Beaverstock, J.V., Hall, S., Faulconbridge, J. 11/2010 In: Journal of Economic Geography. 10, 6, p. 825-843. 19 p.
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Globalization : interconnected worlds.
Faulconbridge, J., Beaverstock, J. 18/12/2009 In: Key concepts in Geography (2nd edition). London : Sage p. 331-343. 13 p. ISBN: 9781412930222.

Global architects : learning and innovation through communities and constellations of practice.
Faulconbridge, J.R. 2010 In: Environment and Planning A. 42, 12, p. 2842-2858. 17 p.
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Geographies of space design : special issue introduction.
Faulconbridge, J.R., McNeill, D. 2010 In: Environment and Planning A. 42, 12, p. 2820-2823. 4 p.
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Business services : driving the knowledge-based economy in the UK?
Faulconbridge, J.R. 2010 In: The economic geography of the UK. London : Sage 264 p. ISBN: 9781849200899 (hbk.).

TNCs as embedded social communities : transdisciplinary perspectives.
Faulconbridge, J.R. 2010 In: Critical Perspectives on International Business. 6, 4, p. 273-290. 18 p.
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Rebalancing the geographies of financial services power : the role of sovereign wealth funds.
Faulconbridge, J. 2010 In: Environment and Planning A. 42, 9, p. 2280-2283. 4 p.
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International business travel in the global economy
Beaverstock, J.V., Derudder, B., Faulconbridge, J., Witlox, F. 2010 Aldershot : Ashgate. 242 p. ISBN: 978-0-7546-7942-4.

The regulation of design in global architecture firms : embedding and emplacing buildings.
Faulconbridge, J. 11/2009 In: Urban Studies. 46, 12, p. 2537-2554. 18 p.
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Firm mobility and organizational networks. Innovation, embeddedness and economic geography by Knoben, J. 2008
Faulconbridge, J.R. 09/2009 In: Growth and Change. 40, 3, p. 552-555. 4 p.
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Organisational geographies of power : introduction to the special issue.
Faulconbridge, J., Hall, S. 09/2009 In: Geoforum. 40, 5, p. 785-789. 5 p.
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The financialization of large law firms : situated discourses and practices of reorganization.
Faulconbridge, J., Muzio, D. 09/2009 In: Journal of Economic Geography. 9, 5, p. 641-661. 21 p.
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Introduction : Financial geographies — the credit crisis as an opportunity to catch economic geography’s next boat?
Engelen, E., Faulconbridge, J. 09/2009 In: Journal of Economic Geography. 9, 5, p. 587-595. 9 p.
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The ‘war for talent’ : unpacking the gatekeeper role of executive search firms in elite labour markets.
Faulconbridge, J., Beaverstock, J., Hall, S., Hewitson, A. 09/2009 In: Geoforum. 40, 5, p. 800-808. 9 p.
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Economics and human geography.
Faulconbridge, J., Hall, S. 1/07/2009 In: International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Oxford : Elsevier p. 332-337. 6 p. ISBN: 978-0080449111 (12 vol. set).

Corporate ecologies of business travel : working towards a research agenda.
Faulconbridge, J., Beaverstock, J., Derrudder, B., Witlox, F. 07/2009 In: European Urban and Regional Studies. 16, 3, p. 295-308. 14 p.
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Exploring cultural economies of internationalisation : exploring the role of ‘iconic individuals’ and ‘brand leaders’ in global headhunting firms.
Hall, S., Faulconbridge, J., Beaverstock, J., Hewitson, A. 07/2009 In: Global Networks. 9, 3, p. 399-419. 21 p.
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Educating professionals and professional education in a geographical context.
Faulconbridge, J.R., Hall, S. 01/2009 In: Geography Compass. 3, 1, p. 171-189. 19 p.
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Official’ and ‘unofficial’ measurements of international business travel to and from the UK : trends, patterns and limitations.
Beaverstock, J.V., Faulconbridge, J.R. 2009 In: International business travel in the global economy. Farnham : Ashgate p. 57-84. 28 p. ISBN: 978-0-7546-7942-4.

Entries on ‘Alternative economies’ ‘Clusters’, ‘Flexible Accumulation’, ‘Fordism’, ‘Investment’, ‘Knowledge economy’, ‘Post-Fordism’
Faulconbridge, J.R. 2009 In: The dictionary of human geography (5th ed.). Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell 1052 p. ISBN: 9781405132879 (hbk.), 9781405132886 (pbk.).

Legal education, globalization, and cultures of professional practice.
Faulconbridge, J., Muzio, D. 2009 In: Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. 22, 4, p. 1335-1359. 25 p.
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Negotiating cultures of work in transnational law firms.
Faulconbridge, J.R. 07/2008 In: Journal of Economic Geography. 8, 4, p. 497-517. 21 p.
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Managing the transnational law firm: a relational analysis of professional systems, embedded actors and time-space sensitive governance.
Faulconbridge, J.R. 04/2008 In: Economic Geography. 84, 2, p. 185-210. 26 p.
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Organizational professionalism in globalizing law firms.
Faulconbridge, J.R., Muzio, D. 03/2008 In: Work, Employment and Society. 22, 1, p. 7-25. 19 p.
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Book Review: Economic Geography, Past, present and future. Edited by Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen and Helen Lawton Smith.
Faulconbridge, J.R. 03/2008 In: Area. 40, 1, p. 137-141. 5 p.
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Geographies of International Business Travel in the Professional Service Economy.
Faulconbridge, J.R., Beaverstock, J.V. 02/2008 In: Mobility and technology in the workplace. London : Routledge ISBN: 978-0-415-44346-3.

Airline data for global city network research: reviewing and refining existing approaches.
Derudder, B., Witlox, F., Faulconbridge, J., Beaverstock, J. 01/2008 In: GeoJournal. 71, 1, p. 5-18. 14 p.
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Airline networks and urban systems.
Derudder, B., Witlox, F., Faulconbridge, J., Beaverstock, J. 01/2008 In: GeoJournal. 71, 1, p. 1-3. 3 p.
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New insights into the internationalization of producer services: Organizational strategies and spatial economies for global headhunting firms
Faulconbridge, J.R., Hall, S., Beaverstock, J.V. 2008 In: Environment and Planning A. 40, 1, p. 210-234. 25 p.
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Global law firms : globalization and organizational spaces of cross-border legal work.
Faulconbridge, J.R., Beaverstock, J.V., Muzio, D., Taylor, P. 2008 In: Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business. 28, 3, p. 455-488. 34 p.
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Legal services : opportunities and challenges.
Faulconbridge, J.R., Muzio, D. 2008 In: Amicus Curiae. 76, p. 14-16. 3 p.
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Relational knowledge networks in transnational law firms.
Faulconbridge, J.R. 09/2007 In: Geoforum. 38, 5, p. 925-940. 16 p.
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Reinserting the professional into the study of professional service firms.
Faulconbridge, J.R., Muzio, D. 07/2007 In: Global Networks. 7, 3, p. 249-270. 22 p.
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Analysing the Changing Landscape of European Financial Centres: The Role of Financial Products and the Case of Amsterdam.
Faulconbridge, J.R., Engelen, E., Hoyler, M., Beaverstock, J.V. 06/2007 In: Growth and Change. 38, 2, p. 279-303. 25 p.
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London and New Yorks advertising and law clusters and their networks of learning: relational analyses with a politics of scale.
Faulconbridge, J.R. 2007 In: Urban Studies. 44, 9, p. 1635-1656. 22 p.
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Exploring the role of professional associations in collective learning in London and New York's advertising and law professional service firm clusters.
Faulconbridge, J.R. 2007 In: Environment and Planning A. 39, 4, p. 965-984. 20 p.
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Book review : Global shift. Mapping the changing contours of the world economy (5th edition) by Dicken, Peter (2007).
Faulconbridge, J.R. 2007 In: Journal of Economic Geography. 7, 6, p. 777-779. 3 p.
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Stretching tacit knowledge beyond a local fix? Global spaces of learning in advertising professional service firms.
Faulconbridge, J.R. 21/04/2006 In: Journal of Economic Geography. 6, 4, p. 517-540. 24 p.
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The Internationalization of Europe�s Contemporary Transnational Executive Search Industry.
Beaverstock, J.V., Hall, S.J.E., Faulconbridge, J.R. 2006 In: Knowledge-Based Services: Internationalisation and Regional Development. Aldershot : Ashgate p. 125-152. 28 p. ISBN: 0-7546-4897-4.

Book review: Gertler (2004) Manufacturing culture. The institutional geography of industrial practice. Meric Gertler, Oxford University Press.
Faulconbridge, J.R. 09/2005 In: Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography. 87, 3, p. 237-239. 3 p.
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Local-global geographies of tacit knowledge production in London and New York's advertising and law professional service firms.
Faulconbridge, J.R. 05/2005 398 p.
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London and Frankfurt in Europe�s evolving financial centre network.
Faulconbridge, J.R. 10/2004 In: Area. 36, 3, p. 235-244. 10 p.
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