Changing International Division of Labour in the Electronics Industry

  • Jeffrey Henderson
Part of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Century Series book series


This chapter is concerned with the implications for labour forces of the emergence and transformation of a number of related international divisions of labour in the electronics industry. It describes the locational and technical features of these divisions of labour and outlines their causal dynamics. Throughout, however, the report emphasizes that issues of employment, wages, working conditions, etc. should be seen as only part of our concern. Equally as important as these are the questions of whether investment by multinational enterprises or domestic companies, in addition to the generation of jobs, leads over time to more technology-intensive production processes and products, a proliferation of human capabilities through linkages to domestic suppliers, and thus to the creation of higher value added in the economy. Only in this way can demands for higher skill, higher wage forms of employment be realized and general prosperity, together with low levels of income inequality, begin to be delivered.


Foreign Direct Investment Electronic Industry Local Firm Consumer Electronic International Division 
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