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Strategic CouplingEast Asian Industrial Transformation in the New Global Economy$
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Henry Wai-chung Yeung

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702556

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702556.001.0001

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Strategic Partnership in Global Electronics

Strategic Partnership in Global Electronics

(p.83) Chapter 4 Strategic Partnership in Global Electronics
Strategic Coupling

Henry Wai-chung Yeung

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores how, through strategic partnership with global lead firms, domestic firms from South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore can provide cutting-edge design and manufacturing services in the global personal computers and consumer electronics industry. During the 1960s and the 1970s, this industry received significant attention in the developmental state's core program of export promotion. But its transformation from a subservient role of subcontracting to a more technologically capable role of providing original design and manufacturing services took place only in the 1990s and beyond, when these domestic firms became more articulated into diverse production networks coordinated by global lead firms. While this was facilitated by the state's new role in upgrading labor, technology, and infrastructure in the domestic economy, the chapter notes how this was also done through the emergence of global production networks (GPN) as a new organizational structure for global competition.

Keywords:   strategic partnership, global lead firms, domestic firms, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, consumer electronics industry, export promotion, global production networks

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