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Move Up or Move Out?

The Impact of New Technologies on the Role of the “World Factory” in Supply Chains: Preliminary Remarks by Chinese Analysts
Marisa Siddivò
p. 37-45


China is equipping itself with a mid-long-term strategy to sustain its manufacturing sector in the face of potential challenges brought about by “disruptive” technologies. According to most analysts, disruptive technologies such as 3D printing, the Internet of things (IoT), big data, and robotics are going to modify the “shop floor” and re-allocate the functions and roles of firms empowered in the global value chains (GVCs). In China, scholars, state officials, and the entrepreneurial community have profoundly analysed the impact that disruptive technologies can exert on their firms’ role in the global value chains, reaching the conclusion that the country has to frame a policy to hedge that risk. This paper aims to provide an overview of the debate stirred up by the confrontation of the national manufacturing sector with the introduction of new technologies. The debate, which has involved many institutional and economic actors, has influenced the industrial plans recently drawn up by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

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Full text document will be published online on September 2018.

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Bibliographical reference

Marisa Siddivò, « Move Up or Move Out? », China Perspectives, 2017/3 | 2017, 37-45.

Electronic reference

Marisa Siddivò, « Move Up or Move Out? », China Perspectives [Online], 2017/3 | 2017, Online since 01 September 2018, connection on 19 April 2018. URL :

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About the author

Marisa Siddivò

Marisa Siddivò is Assistant Professor at the Department of Asian, African, and Mediterranean Studies at the Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale.”Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale,” Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, 12, 80134 Naples, Italy (

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