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Global value chains: A review of the multi-disciplinary literature

Liena Kano (), Eric W. K. Tsang () and Henry Wai-chung Yeung ()
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Liena Kano: University of Calgary
Eric W. K. Tsang: University of Texas at Dallas
Henry Wai-chung Yeung: National University of Singapore

Journal of International Business Studies, 2020, vol. 51, issue 4, No 5, 577-622

Abstract: Abstract This article reviews the rapidly growing domain of global value chain (GVC) research by analyzing several highly cited conceptual frameworks and then appraising GVC studies published in such disciplines as international business, general management, supply chain management, operations management, economic geography, regional and development studies, and international political economy. Building on GVC conceptual frameworks, we conducted the review based on a comparative institutional perspective that encompasses critical governance issues at the micro-, GVC, and macro-levels. Our results indicate that some of these issues have garnered significantly more scholarly attention than others. We suggest several future research topics such as microfoundations of GVC governance, GVC mapping, learning, impact of lead firm ownership and strategy, dynamics of GVC arrangements, value creation and distribution, financialization, digitization, the impact of renewed protectionism, the impact of GVCs on their macro-environment, and chain-level performance management.

Keywords: global value chains; global production networks; global commodity chains; global factory; comparative institutional analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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