Collaborative Public Spaces and Upgrading through Global Value Chains: The Case of Dongguan, China

Murphree, M. and Breznitz, D. "Collaborative Public Spaces and Upgrading Through Global Value Chains: The Case of Dongguan, China." Global Strategy Journal. (2020) 10(3), 556-584

44 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2020 Last revised: 18 Nov 2020

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Michael Murphree

University of South Carolina

Dan Breznitz

University of Toronto - Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Date Written: January 15, 2020

Abstract

Global Value Chains (GVC) are a channel for upgrading firm capabilities. Over the last four decades, China has rapidly grown as a result of participation in GVCs. It has become central to global production networks in many industries, accelerating the process of global diffusion of manufacturing. However, the process by which China entered into GVCs and was changed by them can be further studied. In a study of Taiwanese MNE subsidiaries in the city of Dongguan, we find that foreign direct investment, when combined with trust building collective action facilitates a region’s move to the center of global value chains. We introduce the utility of a collaborative public space (CPS) as a mechanism for this trust building and provide implications for upgrading in emerging economies.

Keywords: Global value chains, international business, international strategy, trust, China

Suggested Citation

Murphree, Michael and Breznitz, Dan, Collaborative Public Spaces and Upgrading through Global Value Chains: The Case of Dongguan, China (January 15, 2020). Murphree, M. and Breznitz, D. "Collaborative Public Spaces and Upgrading Through Global Value Chains: The Case of Dongguan, China." Global Strategy Journal. (2020) 10(3), 556-584, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3520144 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3520144

Michael Murphree (Contact Author)

University of South Carolina ( email )

United States

Dan Breznitz

University of Toronto - Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy ( email )

Toronto, Ontario
Canada

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