The Economic Geography of South Africa's Call Centre Industry

Wayde R. Pandy, Christian M. Rogerson

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Over the past two decades, scholarship on call centres has grown with contributions from a range of disciplines including management science, urban studies, organisation studies and sociology. One aspect of call centres that has received only limited attention is their location or economic geography. This article contributes to the growing body of scholarship on call centres by investigating locational issues in the case of the developing economy of South Africa. The study highlights the critical importance for call centre location of access to labour, labour costs, public transport and availability of suitable premises. Current government incentives have little significance on location, a factor which underlies the strong concentration of call centres in South Africa's major cities, in particular Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-42
Number of pages20
JournalUrban Forum
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


  • BPO&O
  • Call centres
  • Economic geography
  • Location
  • South Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies


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