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Global Assembly Line

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Michael Bunce

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Lecture 3 Oct 4THE GLOBAL ASSEMBLY LINEQuestionsWhy are my NIKEs made in ChinaWhy are manufacturing systems global in scaleWhat new patterns of economic activity has this producedHow has this affected local and regional economies and societiesQS 1 AND 2Increased locational flexibility in time and spaceFrom Fordism to Postfordism from spatiallyfixed to spatially dispersed assembly lineGlobal scale spatial separation of manufacturing operationsGlobal outsourcing of materials and componentsGlobal production and supply chains controlled by TNCs Transnational CorporationsRead Crewes article on the fashion commodity chainA good example is Philips the Dutchbased electronics TNC check i
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