"Boss" Island: the subcontracting network and micro-entrepreneurship in Taiwan's development
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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Burawoy carry chaebol Chapter cohort aged contracting factory contracting units contractor cost current boss deadline discussed division of labor earn East Asian electronics factory employees entrusted factory export-oriented export-oriented industrialization family workshop flexibility foreign buyers Hence hired workers homeworkers in-house workers increase Informant C3 Informant Fl inside contract knitting knitwear factory knitwear industry labor control labor force labor power line leaders manufacturing establishments mobility network labor process orders outworkers owner piece price piece wage piece-rate plant manager political production line relations sample sewing single-task workshop small boss small electronics workshop small workshop South Korea speed spin spin-off spinners-off steps of production strategy subcon subcontracted units subcontracted workshop subcontracting head subcontracting network subcontracting persons subcontracting point subcontracting system Table Taiwan Taiwanese capitalism task tion toy factory tracting system trading companies unit trajectory units of production variegated units wage workers would-be bosses
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