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FY 2007/2008 Research Topic: 1-09
Climbing up the Global Value Chain: Possibilities and Limitations for East Asian Manufacturers


This research project studies the growth mechanisms of East Asian latecomer firms that participate in the global division of labor, cutting across both the different stages of value-adding activities and country borders. With special reference to empirical studies based on the “global value chain” (GVC) perspective, this study attempts to elucidate the possibilities and limitations associated with the growth of latecomer firms for powerful brand-carrying companies from the developed economies.

The sources of power of leading firms in the GVCs will be studied to analyze the possible constraints for industrial upgrading by latecomer firms. Also, we will investigate the learning strategy of Asian firms in a GVC, through which they attempt to take full advantage of interactions with multinational companies and to overcome the constraints associated with this growth strategy.
Our case studies will include export-oriented manufacturing sectors of China, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Viet Nam and other developing economies. In-depths field studies will be conducted to analyze the configuration of GVCs in individual sectors and to examine the growth strategy of Asian firms in this specific institutional setting.


Members of the Research Project

IMAI Kenichi
OIKAWA Hiroshi (Associate Professor, Siebold University of Nagasaki)