Chinese manufacturing suppliers’ upgrading in global value chains

You, Weimu, Jiang, Yan ORCID logoORCID:, Gong, Yu and Virtanen, Yuan (2020) Chinese manufacturing suppliers’ upgrading in global value chains. Academy of Management Proceedings, vol. 2020, no. 1,. In: 80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 07-11 Aug 2020, Vancouver. . ISSN 2151-6561 [Conference or Workshop Item] (doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2020.16650abstract)


This research investigates the institutional challenges faced by Chinese manufacturing suppliers and their corresponding strategic responses through an institutional theory lens. The empirical research is based on a multiple case study involving nine case companies of three company size categories in the Chinese nonwoven fabric product industry. Data were collected over a period of three years from 2015 to 2017. This paper identifies three categories of institutional challenges, i.e., macro-institutional challenges, meso- institutional challenges, and micro-institutional challenges, faced by Chinese suppliers. Furthermore, it identifies the strategic responses undertaken by these companies in response to the above challenges, i.e., economic upgrading, environmental upgrading, and social upgrading, which in turn are associated with the companies’ size and level of maturity in upgrading practices. Finally, a maturity framework is developed with five positions that reveal a four-stage upgrading trajectory and strategic changes on the trade- off between institutional efficiency and legitimacy. As most extant research on the phenomenon of sourcing from China approaches it from the viewpoint of global buyers, this research examines the phenomenon from the viewpoint of Chinese suppliers. Through applying the theoretical lens of institutional theory to investigate GVC upgrading, this study contributes to the literature streams on both GVC and institutional theory.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
Item ID: 30796
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Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2020 13:56
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2023 12:26

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