14 Apr 2005 - 15 Apr 2005 All day CRASSH


Organisational Configurations and Locational Choices of Firms:

Responses to Globalisation in different Industry and Institutional Environment

CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX

Christel Lane (Faculty of Social and Political Sciences and CBR)
Simon Learmount (Judge Institute of Management and CBR)
Jocelyn Probert (Centre for Business Research)

This workshop conference focuses on how firms reorganise their value chain and decide which activities are to be kept in-house and which are to be outsourced, in response to the pressures of globalisation. Papers will examine some of the following aspects of the topic:

    * how firms reconfigure and fragment the value chain in response to global competition

    * the organisation of increasingly globally dispersed activities of companies, often in global networks of production or knowledge-creation

    * the locational decisions made in the construction of global production networks (GPNs) or global commodity chains (GCCs)

    * the management and control of such geographically dispersed networks

    * the impact of various strategies on performance outcomes

    * the impact of national institutional arrangements on the construction and control of GPNs/GCCs or the reverse process of influence

The conference arises out of a collaborative research project (with the Industrial Performance Center/MIT and the Innovation, Technology and Enterprise Centre of Doshisha University/Japan) on the above topic, and focuses on the UK, US, Germany and Japan. The research is financed by the Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI), with additional funding from Doshisha, and the conference organisers are members of the Cambridge/UK-based inter-disciplinary project team.

The conference is generously supported by grants from CRASSH, the Judge Institute of Management, the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, St. John's College, and CMI.
Conference Dates and Topics

The conference will start on 14 April 2005 with a buffet lunch and finish late afternoon on 15 April. A conference dinner is arranged for 14 April. An opening and closing general theoretical session will frame sessions devoted to papers on three industries: clothing, pharmaceuticals and book publishing.



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