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Seminar - Orchestrating Knowledge Integration in Global Value Chains

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Date 26 May 2021
Time 13:00-14:00 (Timezone: Europe/London)
Price Free
Venue Online
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You are cordially invited to attend a research seminar by Ari Van-Assche, HEC Montréal. Follow the link in your calendar email invitations(Join Microsoft Teams Meeting) to join the seminar on Wednesday, 26th May at 13.00.


We examine the knowledge integration strategies that lead firms adopt to effectively orchestrate the distributed capabilities and learning processes in the global production and innovation systems that undergird global value chains (GVCs). Building on the systems integration literature, we hypothesize that lead firms’ orchestration of GVCs displays three fundamental characteristics: (a) a technological scope that is wider than that of its partners; (b) a global knowledge connectedness that is broader than that of its partners; and (c) innovation that disproportionately draws from basic science & technology. By combining a unique longitudinal dataset on formal network linkages in the aircraft engine industry with firm-specific patent data during the period 2002-2014, we provide evidence in line with our hypotheses.