The analysis of commodity chains is now a well-established area of research and it provides a valuable prism through which to analyse the past and present of global business. Jute has historically played an important role in the global economy but the fortunes of the global jute industry have fluctuated sharply.
In the nineteenth century, jute grown in the Indian subcontinent and imported into Europe helped to spread industrialisation, but the industry then shifted back to the Indian subcontinent and appeared to be in decline in the face of the development of manmade materials. But today the industry continues to play an important role and is supported not only in its more traditional forms but also by fair trade producers, and is argued to be much more environmentally friendly than its manmade competitors.
This special issue offers the prospect of allowing researchers to explore aspects of the modern and recent global economy through a focus on the jute industry. Articles are invited on any business-related theme involving jute production and can explore the issue from the perspective of producers, workers, employers, retailers, etc.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Production relations (in all parts of the commodity chain)
- Labour management
- Technology transfers
- Long term development issues
- State intervention
- Labour protection
- Issues relating to relations between the main jute producers
Submission of manuscripts: 30 May, 2013
Notification to authors: 1 September, 2013
Final versions due: 1 October, 2013