Informal Modes of Governance in Customer Producer Relations

The Electronic Industry in the Greater Pearl River Delta (China)

Informal Modes of Governance in Customer Producer Relations

The Electronic Industry in the Greater Pearl River Delta (China)

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The Greater Pearl River Delta (China) is one of the world's mega-city regions. Its electronics industry is an important driver for economic growth and prosperity in China with firms that are highly flexible and quickly adapting to changing markets.

The objective of this volume is to understand how informal modes of governance in customer and producer relations contribute to a flexible production network. It investigates whether informal interactions make up for constantly changing formal regulations in China or smooth business operations as an innovative mean to manage a firm's network.

The findings show that firms in the Greater Pearl River Delta organise their network by using a combination of formal and informal means in recruiting, contracting and enforcing processes. This research contributes to a better understanding of the complex business model in China and its implications for organisational novelty as such.

"The effort made in interviewing hundreds of firms using different research methods is probably one of the biggest achievements of this book in a context where secondary data are not very reliable and direct interviews are very difficult to obtain. […] The fact that while reading the book new research questions arose is a signal of the quality of this research."

Giorgio Prodi, Regional Studies 46, 2012/10
Series Megacities and Global Change / Megastädte und globaler Wandel
Volume 1
ISBN 978-3-515-09849-6
Media type Book - Paperback
Copyright year 2011
Length 222 pages
Illustrations 15 b/w figs., 45 b/w tables
Size 17.0 x 24.0 cm
Language English