Antitrust & Competition Policy Blog

Editor: D. Daniel Sokol
University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Firm-Level Strategy and Global Value Chains

Mari Sako, University of Oxford - Said Business School and Ezequiel Zylberberg, MIT Industrial Performance Center study Firm-Level Strategy and Global Value Chains.

ABSTRACT: This chapter draws on three branches of management studies – corporate strategy, technology strategy, and institutional strategy – in order to develop a framework aimed at analyzing and predicting the nature and structure of GVCs. First, corporate strategy informs how firms shape GVC governance by making decisions about their boundaries (what to make and what to buy) and their portfolio of trading partners. Second, technology strategy (particularly the profiting from innovation framework (Teece, 1986)) provides insights into how firms capture the value they create when upgrading, by owning or accessing specialized complementary assets. Third, institutional strategy is a useful tool for analyzing how firms proactively influence the institutions that govern economic transactions in global value chains. These approaches help GVC research to take account of firm-level agency, which contributes to theoretical rigour, policy, and practice.

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