Asian firms and the restructuring of global value chains

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Asian trans-national garment manufacturers are transforming the structure of global value chains in the apparel industry. Recent studies show such first tier suppliers undertaking a greater range of functional activities. In many cases, these firms originate from the so-called ‘Rising Power’ economies, particularly ‘Greater China’ and South Asia. We argue that such, transnational, Asian firms can play a pivotal and strategic role in shaping the geography and organisational restructuring of the global value chain. Drawing on secondary sources and primary research we illustrate how such firms manage complex international production linkages, and ensure the incorporation of Jordan into the global garment industry. The paper contributes to the understanding of the role of these firms and how their behaviour is driven by complex dynamics linked to their own business strategies, their linkages with buyers, and their ability to exploit production and trade opportunities while maintaining high levels of global locational flexibility.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)708-717
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Business Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2014


  • Apparel industry
  • Asian transnational suppliers
  • Global value chains
  • Jordan

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


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