Tessmann, Jannes ORCID: 0000-0003-0549-3249 (2020). The Embeddedness of Global Value Chains - Institutions and Value Chain Restructuring in the Cashew Industries of India and Ivory Coast. PhD thesis, Universität zu Köln.

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The production, trade and consumption of agricultural commodities are in a constant state of flux. This is exemplified by the cashew industry, where the restructuring of production and processing has entailed a variety of organisational and geographical shifts over the past few decades, both between continents and within countries. This dissertation explores these processes by asking: How did the geography and organisation of the cashew industries in India and Ivory Coast evolve, and how can the restructuring be explained? I focus on the intersection of institutions and economic actors to achieve two goals. First, the study illuminates the institutional drivers of value chain restructuring within particular places. Acknowledging that value chains do not exist in a vacuum but remain embedded in geographically specific institutional settings, this study places a particular focus on the role of institutions at the state and sub-state level in shaping the geography and organisational structure of global production and trade. Second, this study develops general propositions about the relationship between the strategic behaviour of value chain actors and pressures arising from their institutional environment. For this purpose, I use an ‘institutionally enriched global value chain approach’ which links the agency of economic actors with pressures exerted by their institutional environment. Out of the interplay between firm strategies and institutional pressures, it is argued, emerge the drivers and developmental prospects associated with the globalisation of local economic activities.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Tessmann, Jannestessmann@wiso.uni-koeln.deorcid.org/0000-0003-0549-3249UNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-118238
Date: 2020
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Management, Economy and Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Multidisciplinary Social Sciences > Department of Economic and Social Geography
Subjects: Social sciences
Geography and travel
Uncontrolled Keywords:
global value chains, industrial policy, resource-based industrialization, global production networks, value chain upgrading, value chain governance, embeddedness, Ivory Coast, IndiaEnglish
Date of oral exam: 9 July 2020
NameAcademic Title
Fuchs, MartinaProf. Dr.
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/11823


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