Title: Domestic business firms learning from TNC buyers: empirical evidence from the Fiji garment industry

Authors: Anand Chand

Addresses: Faculty of Business and Economics, School of Management and Public Administration, University of the South Pacific, Private Mail Bag, Suva, Fiji

Abstract: This article analyses whether industrial upgrading is taking place in firms in the Fiji garment industry. The research findings shows that 'industrial upgrading' is taking place only in Fijian owned garment firms and not in foreign Australian, New Zealand and Chinese owned garment firms. The Fiji owned garment firms are the most dynamic and a trajectory of industrial upgrading is taking place as they are shifting from half-package production networks to full-package networks.

Keywords: Gereffi; GCC theory; global commodity chain; developing countries; small island nations; industrial upgrading; knowledge transfer; supply chain management; SCM; domestic firms; learning; TNC buyers; TNCs; transnational corporations; Fiji; garment industry; apparel industry; clothing industry.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2013.054384

International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 2013 Vol.10 No.4, pp.372 - 382

Published online: 07 Jun 2013 *

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