The Greening of Global Value Chains

Insights from the Furniture Industry

Valentina De Marchi, Eleonora Di Maria, Stefano Ponte

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

    695 Downloads (Pure)

    Resumé

    With increasing fragmentation of production between independent firms that are spatially dispersed and are responsible for different steps of the production process, a Global Value Chain approach is employed to examine how ‘lead firms’ shape the green features of upstream activities. Comparative case studies in the Italian furniture industry (Ikea, Valcucine) are used to show that lead firms implement ‘hands-on’ governing mechanisms to improve the environmental performance of their value chain partners — moving away from the market but still avoiding vertical integration — but also ‘hands-off’ mechanisms embedded in standards and design. Two governing approaches to the greening of value chains are identified: standard-driven and mentoring-driven, and these are used to provide some reflections on when we are likely to observe one or the other, and also to develop a future research agenda.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftCompetition and Change
    Vol/bind17
    Udgave nummer4
    Sider (fra-til)299-318
    ISSN1024-5294
    StatusUdgivet - 2013

    Emneord

    • Ikea
    • Italy
    • Valcucine
    • Environmental sustainability
    • Furniture industry
    • Global Value Chain
    • Governance

    Citer dette

    De Marchi, Valentina ; Maria, Eleonora Di ; Ponte, Stefano. / The Greening of Global Value Chains : Insights from the Furniture Industry. I: Competition and Change. 2013 ; Bind 17, Nr. 4. s. 299-318.
    @article{446330759d4741898655c0adcd63f83e,
    title = "The Greening of Global Value Chains: Insights from the Furniture Industry",
    abstract = "With increasing fragmentation of production between independent firms that are spatially dispersed and are responsible for different steps of the production process, a Global Value Chain approach is employed to examine how ‘lead firms’ shape the green features of upstream activities. Comparative case studies in the Italian furniture industry (Ikea, Valcucine) are used to show that lead firms implement ‘hands-on’ governing mechanisms to improve the environmental performance of their value chain partners — moving away from the market but still avoiding vertical integration — but also ‘hands-off’ mechanisms embedded in standards and design. Two governing approaches to the greening of value chains are identified: standard-driven and mentoring-driven, and these are used to provide some reflections on when we are likely to observe one or the other, and also to develop a future research agenda.",
    keywords = "Ikea, Italy, Valcucine, Environmental sustainability, Furniture industry, Global Value Chain, Governance",
    author = "{De Marchi}, Valentina and Maria, {Eleonora Di} and Stefano Ponte",
    year = "2013",
    language = "English",
    volume = "17",
    pages = "299--318",
    journal = "Competition and Change",
    issn = "1024-5294",
    publisher = "Sage Publications Ltd.",
    number = "4",

    }

    The Greening of Global Value Chains : Insights from the Furniture Industry. / De Marchi, Valentina; Maria, Eleonora Di; Ponte, Stefano.

    I: Competition and Change, Bind 17, Nr. 4, 2013, s. 299-318.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - The Greening of Global Value Chains

    T2 - Insights from the Furniture Industry

    AU - De Marchi, Valentina

    AU - Maria, Eleonora Di

    AU - Ponte, Stefano

    PY - 2013

    Y1 - 2013

    N2 - With increasing fragmentation of production between independent firms that are spatially dispersed and are responsible for different steps of the production process, a Global Value Chain approach is employed to examine how ‘lead firms’ shape the green features of upstream activities. Comparative case studies in the Italian furniture industry (Ikea, Valcucine) are used to show that lead firms implement ‘hands-on’ governing mechanisms to improve the environmental performance of their value chain partners — moving away from the market but still avoiding vertical integration — but also ‘hands-off’ mechanisms embedded in standards and design. Two governing approaches to the greening of value chains are identified: standard-driven and mentoring-driven, and these are used to provide some reflections on when we are likely to observe one or the other, and also to develop a future research agenda.

    AB - With increasing fragmentation of production between independent firms that are spatially dispersed and are responsible for different steps of the production process, a Global Value Chain approach is employed to examine how ‘lead firms’ shape the green features of upstream activities. Comparative case studies in the Italian furniture industry (Ikea, Valcucine) are used to show that lead firms implement ‘hands-on’ governing mechanisms to improve the environmental performance of their value chain partners — moving away from the market but still avoiding vertical integration — but also ‘hands-off’ mechanisms embedded in standards and design. Two governing approaches to the greening of value chains are identified: standard-driven and mentoring-driven, and these are used to provide some reflections on when we are likely to observe one or the other, and also to develop a future research agenda.

    KW - Ikea

    KW - Italy

    KW - Valcucine

    KW - Environmental sustainability

    KW - Furniture industry

    KW - Global Value Chain

    KW - Governance

    M3 - Journal article

    VL - 17

    SP - 299

    EP - 318

    JO - Competition and Change

    JF - Competition and Change

    SN - 1024-5294

    IS - 4

    ER -