Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-8198.2010.00349.x
Title: Geographies of subcontracting
Authors: Neo, H. 
Issue Date: 2010
Source: Neo, H. (2010). Geographies of subcontracting. Geography Compass 4 (8) : 1013-1024. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-8198.2010.00349.x
Abstract: At its simplest, 'subcontracting' occurs when a company outsources some of its operations and functions to others. These contracts include production, service support, and in some cases, research and design. Yet, the nature of subcontracting as a mode of economic production varies dramatically across different industries, spatial scales, places, and impacts. In view of the immense scope of this topic, in this article, I hope to highlight and illuminate a few significant strands and key contentions of the subcontracting literature. First, I will illustrate the varieties and increasing complexity of subcontracting since its early roots in the pre-industrialization era. Second, I will attempt to explain why firms choose to subcontract. Third, I will also mention briefly other cognate concepts (e.g. 'trust' and 'agglomeration') which play a role in explaining the nature of subcontracting relationships. Where possible, I will also discuss the extent to which subcontracting relationships are inequitable. Finally, I will use the case study of contract farming in the livestock industry to illustrate the various contentions surrounding subcontracting as a form of economic production and organization. © 2010 The Author. Journal Compilation © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Source Title: Geography Compass
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/49829
ISSN: 17498198
DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2010.00349.x
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