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Exploring the Relationship between International Supply Network Configuration and Policy: Interventions, Influences and Capabilities

Ghani, A (2016) Exploring the Relationship between International Supply Network Configuration and Policy: Interventions, Influences and Capabilities. PhD thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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This research explores how government industrial policies, both national and international, influence the structure of textile supply networks. It is argued that industrial led changes in the structure of supply networks results in appropriate policy responses. Likewise, government policy interventions may result in changes in supply chain configuration. The interplay between industrial and institutional interventions is the focus of this research. The research synthesises concepts mainly from two domains, development economics and operations management. Globalisation of firms, disruptive business models, and product complexities are driving the emergence of new manufacturing supply networks. These networks face continual network re-configuration due to changing technologies, emerging trade patterns and evolving policy landscape. These complex dynamics result in industrial policies being ineffective and misaligned with current needs of industry for growth. The relationship of the industrial supply network with the government policy system form the central focus of this research. This research draws on the literature of development studies and considers resources, institutions, and policy processes as key policy system dimensions. Similarly, supply network structure, flow, relationship and value from the Operations Management field is used to build an investigative framework for subsequent case study analysis. The initial application of the framework considers the industrial systems in major textile producing countries. The exploratory studies are used to refine the framework. In-depth case studies were then carried out in Pakistan, selected as a country, where textile is the most significant sector of its economy, and it is ranked amongst top textile producing and exporting country in the product categories ranging from cotton yarn, greige fabric, printed fabric and garments. The textile industry sector was chosen as it has a dynamic international supply chain with significant social, economic and environmental implications, particularly in developing countries, requiring critical policy considerations. Results suggest that supply network configuration (supply network structure, flow, relationship and value) has a significant impact on government policy development that is neither explicit nor well understood. It concludes that firm capability is directly linked to supply network configuration and that particular firm-firm coalitions within given configurations, significantly influence the policy system. These influences between industrial actors and institutional players are bi-directional in nature illustrated in the policy system as proactive and reactive approaches. Furthermore, policy interventions directly support supply network capabilities by facilitating coalition formation. Government industrial policy system competence is significantly related to the supply network capabilities. Understanding such influences in the context of a policy system and network strategic design can lead to focused policy development. The main contributions to theory development from the research are: - Establishing Supply Network based understanding for Policy Development; incorporating operations management, manufacturing, development economics, and policy perspectives. - Contextualising Reactive and Proactive influences between government institutions and supply network actor coalitions; key to understanding the relationship between policy interventions and supply network capabilities. - Development of a Supply Network-Government Policy Framework; linking the policy system to supply network dimensions. The research addresses a significant gap in theory and practice and enhances the understanding of government policy development from a supply network perspective, the impact of their interdependence and influences on the development of policy for industry.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Government Policy Supply Chains Supply Network Configuration
Divisions: Div E > Manufacturing Systems
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 20:00
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 06:18