"Boss" Island: the subcontracting network and micro-entrepreneurship in Taiwan's development

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Challenging the state-centered approach to the East Asian development, this book enters into the hidden abode of production of Taiwan's 'miracle' by analyzing its organization of production. The widespread subcontracting network, which penetrates and links numerous tiny units of production, has sustained the export-oriented industrialization in Taiwan during the past tree decades. Through management of inter-unit relationships and intra-unit adjustments, it generates flexibility and extra production capacity. This process creates opportunities for workers to set up their own workshops, which induces them to identify themselves with the existing arrangement.

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Historical Background as a Macro Prologue
The Structure of the Subcontracting

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