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Upgrading in global value chains

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  • Humphrey, John
  • Chen, Martha
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    Examines whether the relocation of labour-intensive or unskilled assembly activities to developing countries raises overall skill requirements. Argues that these firms may stay dependent on the lead company in the international production network but could also be integrated into the global economy.

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    Paper provided by International Labour Organization in its series ILO Working Papers with number 369852.

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    Length: 41 pages
    Date of creation: 2004
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    Publication status: Published in Working paper :
    Handle: RePEc:ilo:ilowps:369852

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    Keywords: international relocation of industry; production management; dependence; globalization; role of developed countries; developing countries; international division of labour; motor vehicle industry; choice of technology; competitiveness; development potential; délocalisation industrielle; gestion de la production; dépendance; mondialisation; rôle des pays développés; pays en développement; division internationale du travail; industrie du véhicule à moteur; choix de technologie; compétitivité; potentiel de développement; reubicación internacional de industrias; administración de la producción; dependencia; globalización; papel de los países desarrollados; países en desarrollo; división internacional del trabajo; industria de vehículos a motor; elección de tecnología; competitividad; potencial de desarrollo;

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    1. C. Dolan & J. Humphrey, 2000. "Governance and Trade in Fresh Vegetables: The Impact of UK Supermarkets on the African Horticulture Industry," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 37(2), pages 147-176.
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    4. Kaplinsky, Raphael & Morris, Mike & Readman, Jeff, 2002. "The Globalization of Product Markets and Immiserizing Growth: Lessons From the South African Furniture Industry," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 30(7), pages 1159-1177, July.
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    1. Eng, Teck-Yong & Spickett-Jones, J. Graham, 2009. "An investigation of marketing capabilities and upgrading performance of manufacturers in mainland China and Hong Kong," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 44(4), pages 463-475, October.
    2. William MILBERG & Deborah WINKLER, 2011. "Economic and social upgrading in global production networks: Problems of theory and measurement," International Labour Review, International Labour Organization, vol. 150(3-4), pages 341-365, December.
    3. Ingrid Fromm, 2007. "Upgrading in Agricultural Value Chains: The Case of Small Producers in Honduras," GIGA Working Paper Series 64, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies.
    4. Xiao Jiang & William Milberg, 2012. "Vertical specialization and industrial upgrading: a preliminary note," Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper Series ctg-2012-10, BWPI, The University of Manchester.
    5. Chen, Lurong & De Lombaerde, Philippe, 2014. "Testing the relationships between globalization, regionalization and the regional hubness of the BRICs," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 36(S1), pages S111-S131.
    6. Goswami, Arti Grover, 2013. "Vertical FDI versus outsourcing: The role of technology transfer costs," The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 25(C), pages 1-21.
    7. Thomas Bernhardt & William Milberg, 2012. "Economic and social upgrading in global value chains: Analysis of horticulture, apparel, tourism and mobile telephones," Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper Series ctg-2011-06, BWPI, The University of Manchester.
    8. Ivarsson, Inge & Alvstam, Claes Göran, 2010. "Supplier Upgrading in the Home-furnishing Value Chain: An Empirical Study of IKEA's Sourcing in China and South East Asia," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 38(11), pages 1575-1587, November.
    9. Frank Hartwich & Carlos Negro, 2010. "The role of collaborative partnerships in industry innovation: lessons from New Zealand's dairy sector," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 26(3), pages 425-449.
    10. Thomas Bernhardt & William Milberg, 2012. "Does economic upgrading generate social upgrading? Insights from the horticulture, apparel, mobile phones and tourism sectors," Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper Series ctg-2011-07, BWPI, The University of Manchester.
    11. Lema, Rasmus, 2010. "Adoption of Open Business Models in the West and Innovation in India's Software Industry," MPRA Paper 49589, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    12. Zhang, Bin, 2011. "Optimal policy for a mixed production system with multiple OEM and OBM products," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 130(1), pages 27-32, March.

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