Commodity Chains: What Can We Learn from a Business History of the Rubber Chain? (1870-1910)

48 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2010

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Felipe Tamega Fernandes

Harvard Business School, Entrepreneurial Management Unit

Date Written: April 1, 2010

Abstract

The literature on the rubber boom applied a Dependendist view of rubber production in the Brazilian Amazon. Even though a sizable surplus was generated in the rubber chain, it was mostly appropriated by foreigners. This view is in tune with the Global Commodity Chain approach that argues that manufacturing/core economies absorb the bulk of surplus generated in the commodity chain. This paper challenges both frameworks and asks for a more careful examination of the business history of commodity chains: it is a first step in this direction through an analysis of the relationship between two nodes of the rubber chain.

Keywords: Rubber, Commodities, Commodity Chains, Business History, Amazon Region, Brazil.

JEL Classification: L1, L2, L73, N56, N86.

Suggested Citation

Fernandes, Felipe Tamega, Commodity Chains: What Can We Learn from a Business History of the Rubber Chain? (1870-1910) (April 1, 2010). Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management Working Paper No. 10-089, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1583075 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1583075

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