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Strategic coupling, state capitalism, and the shifting dynamics of global production networks

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kean Fan Lim



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2018.

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© 2018 The Author(s) Geography Compass © 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd This paper critically evaluates the relationship between state capitalism and “strategic coupling” within global production networks (GPN). It underscores specifically the lack of cases on “coupling” involving state-owned enterprises (SOEs) from developing countries and city-regions within developed countries. Most existing studies focus on the connection between regions in developing economies with lead firms originating from developed economies. This leaves open a conceptual and empirical gap as SOEs from developing countries (like those of China and India) are (1) increasingly becoming lead firms in their own right and (2) investing in developed economies. Against this backdrop, this paper highlights conceptually significant points from the acquisition of Nexen, a Canada-based oil and gas TNC, by CNOOC, a large Chinese SOE, and argues for a fresh research agenda that examines the strategic coupling of lead firms that are also SOEs from developing economies.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lim KF

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Geography Compass

Year: 2018

Volume: 12

Issue: 11

Print publication date: 01/11/2018

Online publication date: 03/09/2018

Acceptance date: 23/07/2018

Date deposited: 05/11/2018

ISSN (electronic): 1749-8198

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/gec3.12406


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