Call for Papers on Trade, Global Value Chains and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Country-Level (Case) Study
Trade, Global Value Chains and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Country-Level (Case) Study
Asian Development Bank Institute
The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) invites submissions of paper proposals for the ADBI Research Project on “Globalization and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Asia.”
The globalized economic environment driven by active foreign trade and foreign direct investment has provided small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) with ample opportunities for growth. Various types of SMEs have been able to increase their production and sales by taking advantage of opportunities provided by the globalized economic environment. For example, a number of SMEs have been able to increase their production by starting to export or expanding exports in foreign markets. Some SMEs have benefited from being able to get involved in global value chains (GVCs) developed by multinational enterprises. Through these activities, SMEs can obtain both technology and management know-how as well as access to sales and procurement networks thereby contributing to their growth. However, despite the presence of ample opportunities, relatively few SMEs have been able to take advantage because they face various obstacles such as financial, technical, and human resource constraints.
Against this backdrop, this research project will investigate how SMEs have responded to the globalized economic environment. The focus on SMEs is due to their important position in many developing countries in terms of quantity, including the number of firms, and in terms of quality such as firm dynamism. Paper submissions should examine how globalization has impacted SMEs’ activities including international trade and GVC participation. Papers should also identify obstacles faced by SMEs in participating in these activities and examine how successful SMEs overcome such obstacles. Comparisons between large firms and SMEs are desired to help discern special patterns related to SMEs. Papers are expected to undertake detailed, statistical research using firm-level/plant-level data for a selected country/economy. Authors are expected to draw policy implications from the research findings.
- Deadline for submission of research proposals: 31 August 2019
- Deadline for submission of draft paper: 31 December 2019
- Workshop date: February 2020
- Deadline for final paper submission: March 2020
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