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Determinants of inter-firm governance mode in the biofuel value chain: Cases from China, Thailand and Vietnam

Determinants of inter-firm governance mode in the biofuel value chain: Cases from China, Thailand and Vietnam

Chan, Jin Hooi ORCID: 0000-0002-6275-9763, Reiner, David and Zhang, Jin (2011) Determinants of inter-firm governance mode in the biofuel value chain: Cases from China, Thailand and Vietnam. In: British Academy of Management: Building and Sustaining High Performance Organisations in a Challenging Environment, 13-15 September 2011, Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

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Abstract

The bio-ethanol, which is the main type of biofuel, industry has expanded rapidly in the past decade, particularly as a fuel serves as a substitute for gasoline. This industry is built on a complicated politico-economic landscape, where the ecosystems of the oil and agricultural industries confront each other. Despite this, there is little understanding of the formation of inter-firm governance structures.

With particular focus on the manufacturer, we employ multiple case studies to provide an empirical context for the understanding of the determinants of governance choice along its value chain. We have interviewed the fifteen largest manufacturers in China, Thailand and Vietnam and identified three main forces that shape the evolution of industry governance; i.e. (i) permeable industry boundaries, (ii) security of supplies and (iii) access to the retail market. Firms have also employed plural mechanisms to diffuse risk. We propose that critical success factors of an industry are important strategic determinants of choice of governance modes.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biofuel, Value chain, inter-firm governance, China, Thailand, Vietnam
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Supply Chain Management Research Group
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:37
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14995

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