Beyond 'Global Production Networks': Australian Fashion Week's Trans-Sectoral Synergies

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Weller, Sally Anne (2008) Beyond 'Global Production Networks': Australian Fashion Week's Trans-Sectoral Synergies. Growth and Change, 39 (1). pp. 104-122. ISSN 0017-4815


When studies of industrial organisation are informed by commodity chain, actor network, or global production network theories and focus on tracing commodity flows, social networks, or a combination of the two, they can easily overlook the less routine trans-sectoral associations that are crucial to the creation and realisation of value. This paper shifts attention to identifying the sites at which diverse specialisations meet to concentrate and amplify mutually reinforcing circuits of value. These valorisation processes are demonstrated in the case of Australian Fashion Week, an event in which multiple interests converge to synchronize different expressions of fashion ideas, actively construct fashion markets and enhance the value of a diverse range of fashionable commodities. Conceptualising these interconnected industries as components of a trans-sectoral fashion complex has implications for understanding regional development, world cities, production location, and the manner in which production systems “touch down” in different places.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-2257.2007.00407.x
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
Historical > SEO Classification > 9101 Macroeconomics
Keywords ResPubID16396, Australian Fashion Week, fashion markets, fashion commodity
Citations in Scopus 68 - View on Scopus
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