The dark side of trust in global value chains: Taiwan’s electronics and IT hardware industries

Sinkovics, N. , Liu, C.-L., Sinkovics, R. R. and Mudambi, R. (2021) The dark side of trust in global value chains: Taiwan’s electronics and IT hardware industries. Journal of World Business, 56(4), 101195. (doi: 10.1016/j.jwb.2021.101195)

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This paper contributes to theory building efforts around the concept of knowledge connectivity and its role in suppliers’ new product innovation capability under different inter-firm knowledge pipeline conditions. We use the Taiwanese electronics and IT hardware industries as our study context, given Taiwan’s phenomenal success story in entering global value chains (GVCs) in these industries. Our results demonstrate that different pipeline conditions in the form of combinations of the levels of inter-firm trust and supplier functional sophistication indeed shape the way knowledge connectivity is activated and how it impacts on suppliers’ new product innovation capability and ultimately GVC status. Our results indicate that suppliers’ new product innovation capability is larger under low inter-firm trust conditions. Suppliers in such low inter-firm trust relationships are also more likely to use the ensuing increase in their GVC status to pursue new, better paying buyers than their counterparts in high inter-firm trust relationships. As a consequence, if multinational buyer firms in low trust relationships would like to benefit more from their suppliers’ enhanced innovation capabilities, they may need to strengthen their supplier relations using modalities other than trust.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Financial support was received from the University of Manchester 2014 ESRC Impact Acceleration Account [ES/M500392/1] and the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) Lord Alliance strategic research investment fund [LA-SRIF AA14179].
Keywords:Global value chains, Knowledge connectivity, New product innovation capability, Upgrading, Taiwan
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sinkovics, Professor Rudolf and Sinkovics, Dr Noemi
Authors: Sinkovics, N., Liu, C.-L., Sinkovics, R. R., and Mudambi, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Journal of World Business
ISSN (Online):1878-5573
Published Online:18 March 2021

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