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    Impacts of business environment changes on global manufacturing in the Chinese Greater Pearl River Delta: a supply chain perspective

    Zhang, A. and Huang, G.Q. and Liu, Xiaming (2012) Impacts of business environment changes on global manufacturing in the Chinese Greater Pearl River Delta: a supply chain perspective. Applied Economics 44 (34), pp. 4505-4515. ISSN 0003-6846.

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    Abstract

    Business operating conditions have changed substantially in the Chinese Greater Pearl River Delta (GPRD) due to the Chinese currency appreciation, rising labour costs, highly volatile oil prices and new processing trade policies. Such changes have triggered manufacturers to rethink their global operations. This article studies potential global manufacturing trends from a supply chain perspective. A mixed integer programming model suggests that these changes have negatively affected the region's competitive advantages as its labour-intensive production mainly targets at the mass market and competes on low costs. Three production relocation trends are affirmed, i.e. the relocation to lower-cost areas within China, lower-cost Asian countries and areas near end markets. However, it is also discovered that the GPRD region still attracts businesses with its formation of industrial clusters, the enhanced comparative advantage against competing regions in inland China or Asian lower-cost countries under high oil prices, and Hong Kong's being a robust location choice to host trade operations.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): global manufacturing, supply chain management, facility location, mixed integer programming, Pearl River Delta
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Management
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2013 11:11
    Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:29
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/6328

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