The impact of e-commerce on Chinese suppliers' upgrading in global value chains in a digitalized era

Jiang, Yan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4343-9123, Qin, Xiao, Virtanen, Yuan and You, Weimu (2022) The impact of e-commerce on Chinese suppliers' upgrading in global value chains in a digitalized era. Strategic Change, 31 (1) . pp. 57-74. ISSN 1086-1718 [Article] (doi:10.1002/jsc.2480)

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Abstract

This study investigates the challenges faced by Chinese manufacturing suppliers in Global Value Chains (GVCs) and how they respond to the challenges through GVC upgrading, facilitated by e-commerce. A multiple case study approach on nine case companies of three company size categories in the Chinese nonwoven fabric product industry was employed. The findings reveal four categories of internal challenges (i.e. a product development challenge, a human resource challenge, a financial resource challenge and an intellectual resource challenge) and two categories of external challenges (i.e. a market challenge and a macroeconomic challenge) faced by the Chinese suppliers in the e-commerce context. Furthermore, strategic responses undertaken by Chinese manufacturers are identified and are further related to various types of economic, environmental and social upgrading by applying the GVC framework. Unlike most extant research on the phenomenon of sourcing from China that approaches it from the viewpoint of global buyers, this study examines the phenomenon from the perspective of Chinese suppliers. Through the theoretical lens of GVC analysis and its core concept of upgrading, this study contributes to GVC research by shedding light on the impact of e-commerce on suppliers’ GVC upgrading practices.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Finance, General Business, Management and Accounting
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 34242
Notes on copyright: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Jiang, Y., Qin, X., Virtanen, Y., & You, W. (2022). The impact of e-commerce on Chinese suppliers' upgrading in global value chains in a digitalized era. Strategic Change, 31( 1), 57– 74, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/jsc.2480.This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
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Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2021 10:40
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2022 06:13
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/34242

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