Business services and the financing of global production networks:the case of global law firms in Southeast Asia

Faulconbridge, James Robert (2019) Business services and the financing of global production networks:the case of global law firms in Southeast Asia. Journal of Economic Geography, 19 (4). pp. 897-919. ISSN 1468-2702

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Financial and business services (FABS) as intermediaries play a significant role in global production networks (GPNs). Yet the mechanisms through which they influence the activities of lead and supplier firms in GPNs have received little in-depth attention. The paper addresses this shortcoming and examines how global legal business services configure the financial discipline of transnational corporations in Southeast Asia. It documents the way FABS articulate financial imperatives and encourage the reproduction of ‘global financial architectures’. It also shows, however, that temporal dynamics and spatial specificities in the power relations between FABS and transnational corporations (TNCs) generate variegated financial configurations. Southeast Asian TNCs adopt and adapt in ways that serve their interests. This implies that the governance effects of FABS have important temporal and spatial contingencies that need to be accounted for in analyses of GPNs.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Economic Geography
Additional Information: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Economic Geography following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Faulconbridge, James R, Business services and the financing of global production networks: the case of global law firms in Southeast Asia, Journal of Economic Geography 2019 19 (4): pp 897–919 is available online at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3305
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology
ID Code: 129298
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2018 11:56
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2020 04:18

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