The nature of innovation in global value chains

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

Global value chains (GVCs) have revolutionized production processes and many companies no longer produce goods and services entirely in one single country or within their own organizational boundaries. Through off- shoring and outsourcing, value chains are sliced up and activities are dispersed to locations and actors where they can be produced or executed most efficiently. The fine slicing of GVCs also implies that innovation activities can be geographically dispersed and separated from other GVC activities. However, there have been inconsistent arguments on the impact of this dispersion on innovations and on the effect of innovations on GVC activities, as research on the topic has been sporadic, inconclusive, and fragmented. Thus, this paper conceptually discusses the nature of innovation in GVCs by reviewing literature and raises important questions that should be addressed. It also outlines a variety of possible research directions and future research foci that can and should be taken to develop the field.

Authors Ambos, Björn; Brandl, Kristin; Perri, Alessandra; Scalera, Vittoria G. & Van Assche, Ari
Journal or Publication Title Journal of World Business
Language English
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SoM - Business Innovation
Refereed Yes
Publisher Elsevier Science
Volume 56
Number 4
ISSN 1090-9516
Publisher DOI 10.1016/j.jwb.2021.101221
Depositing User Leonie Rogenhofer
Date Deposited 09 Apr 2021 09:28
Last Modified 12 Apr 2021 12:05
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/262966

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Ambos, Björn; Brandl, Kristin; Perri, Alessandra; Scalera, Vittoria G. & Van Assche, Ari The nature of innovation in global value chains. Journal of World Business, 56 (4). ISSN 1090-9516

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