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Modular Production Networks in Electronics: the Nexus between Management and Economics Research

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  • Byron Gangnes

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    (School of Economics and Social Sciences, Singapore Management University)

  • Ari Van Assche

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    (University of California at Davis)

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In the last two decades, the electronics industry has evolved from a vertically integrated industry to a vertically segmented one. This transformation has often been attributed to the modularization of electronic products. In this paper, we argue that the degree of modularity is an active choice variable for a firm. As a result, it is necessary to focus on the underlying factors that drive both modularity and the organization of production. This provides insights into the transformation taking place in global electronics production, with vertical fragmentation, horizontal consolidation, and the growth of Asian electronics production.

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Paper provided by Singapore Management University, School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 21-2004.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2004
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Publication status: Published in SMU Economics and Statistics Working Paper Series
Handle: RePEc:siu:wpaper:21-2004

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Keywords: modularity; electronics; outsourcing; contract manufacturing; East Asia;

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  1. Vincent Frigant, 2007. "L'impact de la production modulaire sur l'approfondissement de la Division Internationale des Processus Productifs (DIPP)," Revue d'économie politique, Dalloz, vol. 0(6), pages 937-961.
  2. Vincent FRIGANT (GREThA), 2007. "Between Internationalisation and Proximity: the internationalisation process of automotive first tier suppliers," Cahiers du GREThA 2007-13, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée.

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