The global operations of transnational corporations, particularly in areas of high technology, are among the most striking features of the new international economic order. This book analyzes how the production of high technology commodities has shifted from a regional to a global scale, and challenges existing notions of the international stratification of societies and their developmental possibilities. Focusing on the production of semi-conductors in California, Scotland and the developing societies of East Asia, Jeffrey Henderson demonstrates that semi-conductor and similar forms of high technology production constitute a new mode of industrialization with new implications for economic and social development. He shows that a distinct regional division of labour is emerging in the developing countries of East Asia, with its own cores and peripheries, and concludes that conventional ways of understanding how transnational corporations organize their global operations, the significance of state policy and the consequences these have, need to be re-thought radically. This book should be of interest to lecturers and students of geography, development studies, sociology, economics, business and management studies.
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Jeffrey Henderson is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Urban Studies at the University of Hong Kong, and Economic and Social Research Council Senior Fellow at the Manchester Business School, University of Manchester.Review:
". . . the conclusions presented by the author have far-reaching implications concerning the various projects of industrial development in the Third World . .." -- The International Trade Journal
"This is a creative and readable pioneer study; a model of sociology at its best. I am sure that it will be seen, one day, as a classic." -- Peter Worsley, from the Foreword
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Book Description Routledge, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0415060761