(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Strategic coupling in ‘next wave cities’ : local institutional actors and the offshore service sector in the Philippines

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)


  • Dept. of Geography, Planning and International Development, Univ., Amsterdam, PAYS-BAS


This paper looks at the scope for agency of local institutional actors in the investment attraction of business process outsourcing companies. Drawing on empirical work from the Philippines, an analysis of the process of integrating lower-tier cities into global service production networks is presented. Specifically, the roles of local institutional actors in facilitating FDI attraction and strategically coupling local assets with the needs of multinational service corporations are discussed. Two contrasting cases, the cities of Baguio and Bacolod, show that considerable scope for intervention rests with local institutional actors. The findings have implications for policymaking and research concerned with the newest phase of outsourcing and offshoring in developing countries


Article of periodic

published at : Singapore journal of tropical geography / ISSN 0129-7619 / CODEN SJTGD5

Editor : University of Singapore, Singapore - SINGAPOUR (1980)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 35, no2 [pp. 245-260]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 12443 A

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