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Professor Raphie Kaplinsky

Innogen Co-Investigator


+44 (0) 1908 653863


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ESRC Innogen Centre, Development Policy and Practice, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA


Raphael is the author of numerous books on technology, industrialisation, and globalisation. These include studies on globalisation, industrial policy, industrial organisation, global value chains, the international automobile sector, computer-integrated automation, computer aided design, the impact of microelectronics on employment and on appropriate technology.

During the early 1990s he pioneered research on changing patterns of organisation in manufacturing in developing countries. In 2005 he published a book on globalisation, utilising micro-, meso- and macro-data to examine the generalised consequence of upgrading in the global economy (Globalization, Poverty and Inequality). During the course of this research he has over the years worked with enterprises, government-departments and other organisations in Japan, the USA, Western and Eastern Europe, Central America, Brazil, sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Central Asia.

Further information about Raphie can be found on his webpage


Selected Publications:


Kaplinsky, R. (2005) Globalization, Poverty and Inequality: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Cambridge: Polity Press.

Kaplinsky, R., Bessant, J. and Morris, M. (2004) Manufacturing Excellence in South Africa: CD and Accompanying Manuals, Output of three-year programme funded by Dept of Science and Technology

Kaplinsky, R.and Morris, M. (2001) A Handbook for Value Chain Research

Kaplinsky, R., Humphrey, J. and Saraph, P. (1998) Corporate Restructuring: Crompton Greaves and the Challenge of Globalisation, N. Delhi: Sage Publishers.

Kaplinsky, R, Joffe, A., Kaplan, D. and Lewis, D. (1995) Improving Manufacturing Performance: The Report of the ISP, UCT Press, Cape Town

Kaplinsky, R (1994) Easternisation: The Spread of Japanese Management Techniques to Developing Countries, London: UNU/Frank Cass Articles

Kaplinsky R., Chataway, J., Clark, N., Hanlin, B., Kale, D., Muraguri, L., Papaioannou, T., Robbins, P and Wamae, W. (2009) ‘Below the Radar: What Does Innovation in Emerging Economies Have to Offer Other Low Income Economies?International Journal of Technology Management & Sustainable Development, Vol.8, No.3, pp.177-197.

Kaplinsky, Raphael and Morris, Mike (2009) European Journal of Development Research, 21(4), pp. 551–569.

Kaplinsky, R. (2007) ‘ Geography Compass, Vol. 2, Issue. 1, pp 67-78

Kaplinsky, R. (2006) ‘’ World Development, Vol. 34, Issue. 6, pp. 981-995

Kaplinsky, R. and Santos-Paulino, A.U. (2006) ‘, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Vol. 30, Issue 4, pp. 587-612

Kaplinsky, R. and Readman, J. (2005) ‘Globalisation and upgrading: What can (and cannot) be learnt from international trade statistics in the wood furniture sector?’, Industrial and Corporate Change, Vol.14, Issue 4, pp. 679-703

Kaplinsky, R. and Santos-Paulino, A.U. (2005) ‘Innovation and competitiveness: Trends in unit prices in global trade’, Oxford Development Studies, Vol. 33, Issues 3-4, pp. 333-355

Kaplinsky, R. and Grantham, A. (2005) ‘Getting the Measure of the Electronic Games Industry: Developers and the Management of Innovation’, International Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 9, Issue. 2, pp 183-213

Kaplinsky, R., Barnes, J. and Morris, M. (2004) ‘Industrial policy in developing economies: Developing dynamic comparative advantage in the South African automobile sector’, Competition and Change, Vol. 8, Issue. 2, pp. 153-172

Kaplinsky, R. and Kojima, S. (2004) ‘The use of a lean production index in explaining the transition to global competitiveness: the auto components sector in South Africa’, Technovation, Vol. 24, pp. 199-206

Kaplinsky, R., Bessant, J. and Morris, M. (2003) ‘, International Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 2, Issue 1, pp 19-38

Kaplinsky, R., Bessant, J. and Lamming, R. (2003) , International Journal of Production Management, Vol. 23, Issue 2, pp167-184. (This paper won the prize for the best paper at the European Management Association’s annual meeting in Bath in 2001)

Research tags

globalisation   policy   technology