Multinationals, Global Value Chains and Governance: The Mechanics of Power in Inter-firm Relations, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Multinationals, Global Value Chains and Governance

The Mechanics of Power in Inter-firm Relations, 1st Edition

By Peter Hertenstein


158 pages

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This book uses the examples of local supply firms in China and Brazil and their connections to the global automotive industry to explore the nature of current global value chains. It argues that lead firms make use of product architecture to globalize their procurement and supply chain management and that they effectively restructure the global supply base by internationalizing the most capable supply firms, thereby creating oligopolies controlled by the lead firm. The book goes on to contend that some firms have gained such powerful positions that they have gained a degree of control over other firms without the necessity of ownership – altering the mechanics of governance. Also, it shows how, although some supply firms from emerging markets have utilized their business ties with western assembly firms to upgrade themselves within the global value chain, most are squeezed out through increased global competition. Overall, the book makes a major new contribution to the economic theory of governance.

Table of Contents

1 The dynamic process of globalization

2 Global value chains

3 Volkswagen – lead firm and orchestrator

4 Participants from the advanced markets

5 Participants from Brazil and China

6 Toward a theory of network orchestration

7 Globalization and the challenge for development

About the Author

Peter Hertenstein, who completed his doctorate at the University of Cambridge, is a guest lecturer in International Management at the University of Antwerp, and works in strategy consulting at Roland Berger.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on the Chinese Economy

The primary aim of this series is to publish original, high quality, research-level work, by both new and established scholars in the West and East, on all aspects of the Chinese economy, including studies of business and economic history. Works of synthesis, reference books and edited collections will also be considered. Submissions from prospective authors are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies