Upgrading through Linkages?: The Taiwanese Notebook PC Production Network in China

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This thesis re-examines the 'upgrading through linkages' thesis which argues that participation in global production networks is critical to the development of indigenous firms and industries in developing countries.We challenge the idea that 'quasi-hierarchy' or 'modular' production networks, a typology based largely on the evolution of the personal computer and associated electronics components, provides the greatest openness for participation and possibility for industrial upgrading for firms in developing countries.