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Asian firms and the restructuring of global value chains

Azmeh, Shamel and Nadvi, Khalid (2014) Asian firms and the restructuring of global value chains. International Business Review, 23 (4). pp. 708-717. ISSN 0969-5931

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2014.03.007

Abstract

Asian trans-national garment manufacturers are transforming the structure of global value chains in the apparel industry. Recent studies show such first tier suppliers undertaking a greater range of functional activities. In many cases, these firms originate from the so-called ‘Rising Power’ economies, particularly ‘Greater China’ and South Asia. We argue that such, transnational, Asian firms can play a pivotal and strategic role in shaping the geography and organisational restructuring of the global value chain. Drawing on secondary sources and primary research we illustrate how such firms manage complex international production linkages, and ensure the incorporation of Jordan into the global garment industry. The paper contributes to the understanding of the role of these firms and how their behaviour is driven by complex dynamics linked to their own business strategies, their linkages with buyers, and their ability to exploit production and trade opportunities while maintaining high levels of global locational flexibility.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/international-bus...
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Development
Date Deposited: 08 May 2014 09:20
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2014 08:59
Projects: ES/J013234/1
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/56666

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