Necessary but not sufficient

governance as co-ordination in global call centre value chains

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Abstract

The political-economic dynamics driving the offshoring of tele-mediated business services from the developed economies are relatively well-known, as is the growth of the BPO industry in India and its call centre component (Dossani and Kenney, 2007). However, the analytical potential of the contrasting, but arguably complementary, Global Commodity Chain, Global Value Chain (GVC), and Global Production Network (GPN) frameworks for understanding the resultant global divisions of service labour remains largely unexplored. This paper draws on a decade’s research into the relocation (and disintermediation) of call centres and advances the author’s (2010) application of GVC concepts to this extensive empirical data. Gerrefi et al’s (2005) notion of ‘governance as co-ordination’ is employed to understand how spatially dispersed elements of the ‘UK-to-India ‘chain’ are integrated. Nevertheless a parsimonious concentration on ‘dyadic’ co-ordinating linkages is integrated with aspects of the more expansive GPN perspective. The value of such a nuanced conceptualisation is enhanced by examining empirical developments following the financial crisis in the US and UK, the source geographies for the largest share of offshored business services.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2012
EventSociety for the Advancement of Socio-Economics - Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Duration: 28 Jun 201230 Jun 2012

Conference

ConferenceSociety for the Advancement of Socio-Economics
CountryUnited States
CityCambridge, Massachusetts
Period28/06/1230/06/12

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Call centres
Global production networks
India
Global value chains
Governance
Value chain
Business services
Integrated
Financial crisis
Relocation
Empirical data
Economic dynamics
Political economics
Disintermediation
Conceptualization
Global commodity chains
Geography
Industry
Linkage
Labor

Keywords

  • call centre
  • call centre employment
  • value chains

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Taylor, P. (2012). Necessary but not sufficient: governance as co-ordination in global call centre value chains. Paper presented at Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.
Taylor, Philip. / Necessary but not sufficient : governance as co-ordination in global call centre value chains. Paper presented at Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.
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