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Inter‐Firm Relations in Global Manufacturing: Disintegrated Production and Its Globalization

Gary Herrigel and Jonathan Zeitlin

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Institutional Analysis

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199233762
Published online May 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199233762.003.0019

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

 Inter‐Firm Relations in Global Manufacturing: Disintegrated Production and Its Globalization

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This article surveys the state of international scholarly debate on inter-firm relations in global manufacturing. It focuses on the evolving strategies of customers and suppliers within the value chains of core manufacturing industries, such as motor vehicles and complex mechanical engineering products. The analysis is divided into three parts. The first part discusses the historical emergence of clustered, flexible, and/or vertically disintegrated production since the 1980s. The second part addresses the globalization of disintegrated production. The third part analyses interactions between production in developed and developing regions, together with the evolution of small- and medium-sized firms strategies in high-wage regions in response to the resulting challenges and opportunities. The concluding section considers the implications of these developments for power and inequality in global supply chains.

Keywords: inter-firm relations; global manufacturing; motor vehicles; mechanical engineering; globalization

Article.  15515 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; International Business

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