• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Geography fieldwork IA

Extracts from this document...


Globalisation Fieldwork study Report focus: Is there any evidence of the internationalization of commercial/retail activity in Basel, Switzerland? Grade 12 Globalization Fieldwork Study 2008 - Basel Philip Mannas word count: Table of Contents Introduction Aims of Investigation Location map of Switzerland (in the world) Location Map of Switzerland (in Europe) Detailed Map of Basel/site locations definitions of globalization Hypothesis Methodology I Methodology II Analysis of results Evaluations and conclusions Bibliography Appendices A - Random Aisle sampling results B - Price - distance results, Spearman's Correlation Coefficient C - Car Survey raw data D - Random aisle Food Survey raw data E -Land Use Maps F - Regional Map of Switzerland Introduction Basel's location in the heart of Europe, with its land-locked status suggests that it is a country that has evolved around contact and interaction with its neighbors. It is the third largest city in Switzerland and lies at the Rhine which was the initial element for its economic growth and development1. As a result, Switzerland is a country that embraces the need for international co-operation, and acts as good example of a country that interacts with globalization. Figure 1: Central Basel City Source: http://www.expatexchange.com/images/city_profile_switzerland_basel.gif 1. Basel EKG, 08 Aims The main aim of this report is to investigate the evidence of internationalization as a factor of globalization to evaluate how commercial/retail sectors affect Basel, Switzerland. Basel is a popular city for transnational corporations, foreign shops and the overall retail industry. General Theory of Globalization Globalization is very broad term and can be viewed differently. Globalization is a concept that refers both to the compression of the world and the intensification of consciousness of the world as a whole. ...read more.


The basic type of food products came from Switzerland whereas most of the 'breakfast' goods came from international countries. Graphs A1 - A3 indicate the variety of food products compared with the frequency for the exports from the country of origin. Most of the exports/or the known country of origin is from bordering countries or countries lying within Europe such as Italy, UK, France, Holland etc... The only international exports were originated from the US because the US economy is based upon the spreading of products as a global economic power! This is shows another hint that globalization is present due to the spreading of universalization. See Raw data in Appendix A3 3. There is no significant relationship between the price of 75cl wine and the distance of Capital city of the country of origin. For the Price vs. distance survey the Spearman's rank correlation had shown a various set of results. The results had shown according to figure (B4 -B5) that the null hypothesis was accepted once according to the significance value of percentages with 13 degrees of freedom. At site 1 and 2 the significance level had exceeded 5% which means that the null hypothesis could not be accepted. The statistical value therefore depicts that there is no positive correlation between the distance of the country and the price of the food product. However, these set of results are still to be recognized significant because they reached the significance value in almost close proximity. However in site 3 a positive correlation could be evaluated as the significance level reached the 1% curve when matched across with the degrees of freedom. ...read more.


Some supermarkets also have different prices for the same item and therefore only generalization could be determined for a relationship between food and distance which is why the null hypothesis was not accepted at two sites. Other factors are: Shops near the main roads may charge more, seasonal prices can be raised and cumulative sampling may distort the expected price-distance gradient if several shops cluster within a short area along the transect line followed by a considerable gap before the next group of retail outlets. There is a large variety of evidence of the internationalization of commercial/retail activity in Basel, Switzerland. Most of the data was relevant and significant in answer all hypothesis. The results for recording the license plate and origin of cars had indicated that transnational corporations are affiliated in international economy and global trade. The land Use Maps have clearly shown a ratio for the contrast between local stores and transnational corporation where internationalization is highlighted. The selection of wine in three different sites had shown the variety of diversity of products from cross bordering and international countries. A random sampling test in supermarkets had shows the presence and the spreading of food products amongst bordering nations to show the dependency of Basel with its bordering countries. The suitability of testing the main hypothesis was relevant from most of the data that had been collected. The least effective set of results came from the license plate registration as the majority cars were registered within Switzerland and Basel itself. Some improvements could be made such as visiting more than 3 sites and or finding more sophisticated data through variety of different samples of the same products to show diversity and more relevant and significant data towards the main hypothesis. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Geography section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Geography essays

  1. IB Geography HL Report - Long Hai

    Because the hotels that are located in Dong Khoi Street are more convenient, safe and provide range of quality services. Tourist will pay high charges but many of them prefer to stay near Dong Khoi Street. Even if they are not wealthy.

  2. Geography HCMC Fieldwork Report

    So travel agency provides good abode with low prices to make the package tourist satisfied. The reasons that travel agencies provide expensive rooms to low cost rooms are so that they can use a stratagem between travel agency and the expensive abode (high-end hotel).

  1. The Effect of Changing Distance From Toronto's Central Business District on Parking Prices.

    $12.00 N2 Wellesley Municipal 1.0km $12.00 N3 Isabella Municipal 1.1km $11.00 N4 Gloucester Municipal 1.2km $11.00 N5 Hayden Municipal 1.3km $10.00 N6 Charles Municipal 1.4km $10.00 Picture 4: Parking Lot N2 Table 4: Parking Lots South of the YDI ID Number Address (& Yonge)

  2. Geography Survey - Is Shuto Orizari a shanty town?

    MONTHLY INCOME (-50e) 34% (50-100e) 35% (100-200e) 22% (200+e) 9% Euros Percentage Table 02 showing the age of interviewed people. AGE (18-35)years (35-50)years (50+)years 27% 59% 14% Table 03 showing the household size HOUSEHOLD SIZE 0-30 m2 30-50 m2 50+ m2 28% 59% 13% Table 04 showing the ownership of the houses.

  1. Antarctica Report - The Location And Purpose Of Mawson Station

    Although this snowfall is not very significant, it still has an impact on the climate around Mawson Station. The lowest temperatures at Mawson vary greatly as the seasons change. During the seasons of autumn and spring, the lowest ever recorded temperatures for each month (during these two seasons)

  2. Antarctica Report - the environment and scientific research

    building, houses all the offices and work area for the trades such as the Diesel mechanics, plumbers and electricians. The waste management building is responsible for processing all sewerage and non-toxic liquid waste. It is located a bit away from the main part of the station with very few workers.

  1. Describe the variations in trade blocs and evaluate the extent to which they promote ...

    The first major category is the PTA, which stands for Preferential Trade Area. Under this, member countries agree to lower, but not eliminate, trade barriers within the group down to levels below those created against outside economies. The second major category is the FTA, Free Trade Area.

  2. Evidence of Globalization in SofiaBulgaria

    The Internet puts an enormous amount of information at our fingertips. Essentially, all of the information on the Internet is available to anyone, anywhere, at anytime. Now, when you go to the coffee you can have an instant access to the World Wide Web via your laptop or mobile phone.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work