Originally published in 2005. This book examines how regional industries use different networks on various geographical scales in order to withstand increasing competition in a globalising world. It argues that new forms of global governance of networked industries are emerging, in particular in those areas that have only recently been incorporated into the global economy such as Eastern Europe, Asia and Southern Africa. The book addresses a number of issues, including the different forms of institutional arrangements that contribute to the formation of heterogeneous global industrial networks. It also raises the issue of national institutions that still matter in network formation. The focus of the book is on how to improve regional and sectoral competitiveness in a global context and it suggests this is best achieved by a close analysis of global linkages, an evolutionary perspective on processes taking place, and a more differentiated view on globalisation.
Contents: Introduction: linking industries across the world - new challenges to the World economy, Claes G. Alvstam, and Eike W. Schamp. Making Sense Of Globalization: The World Of Value Chains And Standards: Building global institutions: the diffusion of management standards in the world economy - an institutional perspective, Boris Braun; 'Fragmenting the Chain': economic and spatial differentiation in the post-liberalisation South African citrus export commodity chain, Charles Mather. Regional Systems And Global Networks: The Case of Innovation: Global networks as open gates for regional innovation systems, Ayda Eraydin; Local and global networks of innovation, Sam Ock Park; From technology transfer to knowledge transfer: an institutional transition, Norbert Buzás. The Firm In An Interlinked Territorial World: The World Of Production: Internal networking in the globalising firm: the case of r&d allocation in German automobile component supply companies, Martina Fuchs; Transnational corporations and the post-socialist economy: learning the ropes and forging new relationships in contemporary Poland, Boleslaw Domanski; From transfer to hybridisation? the changing organisation of Taiwanese PC investments in China, Jinn-yuh Hsu; Contrasting experiences with business networking in a transition economy: the case of Poland, Tadeusz Stryjakiewicz. The Reorganization Of 'Local' Production Systems In A Globalized World Economy: Industrial clusters in China: embedded or disembedded?, Jici Wang and Xin Tong; Cross-national ethnic networks in financial services: a case study of local banks in Singapore, Shuang Yann Wong; 'The Region is Local': restructuring the clothing industry of Southern Africa, Christian M. Rogerson; Index.
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