Handbook on Global Value Chains
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Handbook on Global Value Chains

Edited by Stefano Ponte, Gary Gereffi and Gale Raj-Reichert

Global value chains (GVCs) are a key feature of the global economy in the 21st century. They show how international investment and trade create cross-border production networks that link countries, firms and workers around the globe. This Handbook describes how GVCs arise and vary across industries and countries, and how they have evolved over time in response to economic and political forces. With chapters written by leading interdisciplinary scholars, the Handbook unpacks the key concepts of GVC governance and upgrading, and explores policy implications for advanced and developing economies alike.
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Chapter 26: International business and global value chains

Noemi Sinkovics and Rudolf R. Sinkovics

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to provide GVC scholars with an overview of the six main research paradigms on the study of the multinational enterprise within international business research. The chapter furthermore offers a number of suggestions on how each theoretical perspective can benefit the GVC research agenda.

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