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The Role of SMEs in Global Production Networks: A Swedish SME’s Payment of Living Wages at its Indian Supplier

Författare och institution:
Niklas Egels-Zandén (Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Management & Organisation & Centre for Retailing & Centre for Business in Society)
Publicerad i:
Business & Society, Epub ahead of print
ISSN:
0007-6503
Publikationstyp:
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Publiceringsår:
2015
Språk:
engelska
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Sammanfattning (abstract):
Anti-sweatshop activists have turned global production networks (GPNs) into contested organizational fields. While this has triggered the growth of an extensive literature on contested GPNs, the scholarly conversation is still limited in two important ways: first, it ignores or dismisses the role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in GPNs and, second, it assumes that firms are driven solely by rational profit-maximizing motives. Based on a study of a Swedish SME’s payment of living wages at its Indian supplier, this paper addresses these limitations by demonstrating how SMEs’ peculiarities allow them to assume a distinct role in contested GPNs. Furthermore, this paper contributes to the scholarly conversation about living wages by providing a much-needed move beyond conceptual discussions into empirical studies of the underlying tradeoffs of paying living wages.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP ->
Ekonomi och näringsliv ->
Företagsekonomi
Nyckelord:
codes of conduct, global production networks, India, living wage, private regulation, SMEs
Postens nummer:
205684
Posten skapad:
2014-11-12 21:06
Posten ändrad:
2016-04-28 14:36

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