Political Economy of Asia – Global Homework Experts

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The world of international business is complex and contested. It is also changing rapidly. These changes apply to international business as a whole, the frameworks and structures of businesses themselves, and the way we understand them.

Your task is to write a referenced essay in response to one of the two questions below.

Questions:

Answer one of the following:

Question 1: What factors allow developing nation firms and industries to “upgrade” within global value chains? Answer in reference to one industry of your choice.

Further guidance for this question:

This question relates to the content of week 6: global value chains. Before researching a response, make sure you’ve viewed this lecture and read the essential materials.

It is crucial that you show that you understand what GVCs are, and how they are different from other forms of multinational business.

Pick a case industry that has clearly embraced GVC production patterns.

The question refers specifically to the prospects of “upgrading”. You should search for this term in the GVC literature and develop an argument as to why is has happened in some industries/states more than others – a hotly debated question.

Follow all of the “general advice” and “structure advice” stated below and discussed in the writing modules.

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Question 2:  Has the “platform economy” created a system of uncompetitive monopolies in major industries? Answer in reference to one industry of your choice.

Further guidance for this question:

This question relates what we looked at in week 7: intangible capital, platform businesses and the ways that they operate differently to other major business models. Before researching a response, make sure you’ve viewed this lecture and read the essential materials.

Answers must assess the debate about how platforms often form market monopolies, and whether this presents a fundamentally different market system than other business models or eras.

The question asks for a case industry, but if that industry is monopolised by one major platform firm, you may end up focusing mainly on that one firm. Your essay’s argument must respond directly to the question posed: has the rise of the platform economy led to a fundamental shift in this regard, or does competition remain an important element of platform business? There is no right or wrong answer – look for the best evidence to make your case for your argument.

Follow all of the “general advice” and “structure advice” stated below and discussed in the writing modules