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Manufacture upgrade and interfirm relationship development: the case of electronics firms in the Pearl River Delta

Eng, Teck-Yong (2009) 'Manufacture upgrade and interfirm relationship development: the case of electronics firms in the Pearl River Delta.' Asia Pacific Business Review, 15 (4). pp. 507-525. ISSN 1360-2381

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Abstract

Despite significant economic benefits of manufacture upgrade from original equipment manufacturing, through to original design manufacturing to own brand manufacturing, research on interfirm relationship development during the process of manufacture upgrade has remained underdeveloped. This article examines different types of interfirm relationships and their impact on manufacture upgrade using case studies of electronics firms located in the Pearl River Delta. The findings suggest that three iterative processes support relationship development: resource seeking, learning and networking. These processes influence relationship development for both vertical and horizontal relations through trust-based personal relationships. In particular, the insights provided by relational view of interfirm relationships appear to complement and support economic goals of governance mechanisms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: interfirm relationship development; manufacture-upgrade; OEM/ODM/OBM
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2012 12:42
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2012 12:42
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/4308

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