Regional Development Through Global Production Networks: The Case of Tea Sector in Eastern Black Sea Region

Tüylüoğlu, Bedriye Okşan
This thesis explores the possible regional development outcomes of global production networks to the tea sector in the Eastern Black Sea Region. The argument of the global production network literature that, in addition to the region's internal dynamics, the region's compatibility with the needs of global actors is also essential for regional development has been a starting point for the study. Based on this argument, the links between the Turkish tea sector and global production networks are analyzed within the scope of the thesis. As a result, it has been determined that these linkages mainly emerge in the region through the investments of global firms and sustainable production models of small-scale local enterprises. In this context, the possible effects of these linkages on the region's development have been discussed, and the suitability of integration into global production networks for the development of the region is questioned. To conclude, the regional development through global production networks is not yet the right strategy for the Eastern Black Sea Region due to insufficient value capture capacity of the region.


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Citation Formats
B. O. Tüylüoğlu, “Regional Development Through Global Production Networks: The Case of Tea Sector in Eastern Black Sea Region,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.