The Global Wood Furniture Value Chain: What prospects for upgrading by developing countries? The case of South Africa

Kaplinsky, Raphael, Memedovic, Olga, Morris, Mike and Readman, Jeff (2003) The Global Wood Furniture Value Chain: What prospects for upgrading by developing countries? The case of South Africa [Report (for external body)]

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Abstract

Because of its resource and labour intensity, the wood furniture sector presents an opportunity for developing countries and their firms to participate effectively in the global economy. This paper begins with a brief description of the global wood furniture industry and highlights the importance of exports wood furniture products for developing countries and emerging and transitional economies. The paper then maps the wood furniture value chain and opens-up the nature of the buying function, since this function represents the key form of control over global production networks in this sector (that is, the wood furniture chain is what is increasingly referred to as a "buyer-driven chain"). The paper then asks what producers need to do in order to upgrade their activities, particularly in developing countries. In order to address these issues the authors describe the evolution of an initiative designed to promote the upgrading of one segment of the wood furniture industry in a middle-income country, South Africa. This experience is then used to generate a series of generic policy challenges, which might be transferred to other countries and to other sectors.

Item Type: Report (for external body)
Additional Information: This Sectoral Studies Series report is freely available via the UNIDO website. This report is also links to a later UNIDO working paper, see UBR record 7561.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wood furniture sector; Value chains; Innovation; CENTRIM
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L100 Economics > L160 International economics and trade
DOI (a stable link to the resource): Sectoral Studies Series
Faculties: Brighton Business School > Centre for Research in Innovation Management
Depositing User: editor centrim
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2013 10:31
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1188

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