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Geographical knowledge and skills are vital to the UK private sector, according to a new report published by the Academy of Social Sciences. The report, Vital Business, names geography as being especially crucial to understanding the geospatial and socio-economic characteristics of markets, as well as for analysing and managing risk and long-term strategies.
Based on eight detailed case studies of leading businesses across a range of sectors, including engineering, retail and landscape architecture, the report highlights the use of a range of skills within the social sciences, including geography. The critical role of geography is a recurring theme, particularly in providing the necessary context for work in these areas, in addition to helping companies make ‘achievable social and environmental commitments’.
Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS, President of the Academy for Social Sciences, said: “As the UK is confronted with the deepest economic recession for 40 years, the messages in Vital Business provide an important opportunity for UK policymakers, captains of business and leaders across higher education to take stock of the wide range of social science skills and expertise that will be required for Britain’s economy to bounce back in the short term, and remain competitive on the world stage long into the future.”
The report is available to download in full here.
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