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Outsourcing and climbing a value chain

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1 Author(s)
Greenstein, Shane ; Northwestern University

A value chain is a core concept of manufacturing economics. Yet, business reporters often misuse the concept when discussing global outsourcing in electronic equipment manufacturing. This confusion is, fortunately, correctable with one big insight: There are two distinct strategies for improving a firm's value chain. Once these strategies are clarified, it exposes the problems with today's policy debate about outsourcing.

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Micro, IEEE  (Volume:25 ,  Issue: 5 )