Exploring South African Manufacturers’ Relationships to Promote Economic, Social and Environmental Upgrading

Rachel Alexander, Aarti Krishnan

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This policy brief presents key findings from a study (Alexander and Krishnan 2023) examining the relationship between economic, social, and environmental upgrading of South African manufacturers and network governance. This form of governance involves pressures and experiences derived from firms’ relationships with other actors in a production network (e.g., suppliers or financial institutions). The study identifies connections between customer and supplier links (network governance) and firms’ upgrading trajectories.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationJohannesburg
PublisherUniversity of Johannesburg
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023
SeriesSARChI Industrial Development Policy Brief Series
NumberPB 2023-08

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