In January, 1986, a major change in Brisbane's road network occurred with the opening of a new cross river link - the Gateway Bridge. Advantage was taken of this major investment in Brisbane's urban road network to study the nature and speed of adjustment of industry to a major change in the external, infrastructural environment.
The overall objective of this research was to increase understanding of the role of industrial organisation and space in location and linkage decision making. Specific aims were:
• to test whether the ownership and control of a manufacturing establishment had a major influence on its spatial linkage structure and, in particular, its spatial arrangement of linkages; and
• to determine, by survey, the short-run adjustments made by manufacturing establishments, the benefits observed (if any) from the adjustments and the extent to which the adjustments were influenced by ownership and control and establishment size (as a proxy measure of internal organisation).
This research study confirmed the strong behavioural element in industrial location and linkage decision making and, in particular,' the significance of industrial organisation in those decisions. One implication of this was found to be the absence of spatial linkage changes by manufacturing establishments since the opening of the Gateway Bridge some twenty months ago.