The regional dimension in GPN – Mapping value creation and governance of the Bavarian beer sector

The global beer market is characterised by strong concentration tendencies. In contrast, the Bavarian production system is characterised by a high degree of regionality and value creation. Using the example of Bavarian beer, our new study shows how the value creation of regional production systems goes along with the underlying governance patterns.

The governance in production systems has long been approached primarily from a global perspective. Given recent regionalisation debates, we focus on value creation and governance on a regional level. Regional economies and their successful actors may be linked to, but not necessarily dependent on, TNC lead firms. In our study, we question the local dominance of TNC lead firms and raise two questions. First, how can global governance concepts be applied to regional production processes? And how can these concepts help us understand regional production networks within multi-scale economies? Our article provides answers by  examining patterns of value creation and governance in the Bavarian beer sector.

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The results of this paper are part of the research project ReProLa (Regionalproduktspezifisches Landmanagement in Stadt-Land-Partnerschaften am Beispiel der Metropolregion Nürnberg) which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

To cite this article: Carola Wilhelm & Tobias Chilla (2023) The regional dimension in GPN -Mapping value creation and governance of the Bavarian beer sector, Geoforum, 145, 103828. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2023.103828