Institute of Development Studies
Learning from Global Buyers
- Hubert Schmitz, Peter Knorringa - 1999
- ISBN 1 85864 282 5
- 34 pages
- Printed price £12.95
IDS Working Papers - 100
An increasing number of developing countries engage in contracting manufactutring for a decreasing number of global buyers. This constellation characterises many labour intensive export sectors. The positioning of developing country enterprises in such a buyer-driven chains occupies an increasing number of researchers concerned with identifying the winners and losers from globalisation. This paper contributes to this debate by seeking answers to two questions: first, what can researchers learn from global buyers about the relative strengths and weaknesses of of developing country producers; second, what can these producers learn from global buyers and what circumstances facilitate or constrian such learning.