"State-of-the-art of Research on Global Value Chains"



Prof. Gereffi will  talk about the state of the literature on global value chains / global commodity chains.  He will draw from a recent book on the topic by Jennifer Bair (ed.), Frontiers of Commodity Chain Research (Stanford University Press, 2009). Gereffi will talk about his latest research projects on: (1) industrial upgrading, global production networks, and decent work in East Asia, North America, and Eastern Europe; (2) analyzing the competitiveness of North Carolina industries in the global economy, utilizing a value chain perspective;  (3) engineering outsourcing and workforce development in the United States, China, and India;  (4) a global value chain perspective on food safety and quality standards; and (5) an ongoing collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and other co-sponsors on clean (low-carbon) technologies and U.S. jobs.
Prof. Gereffi is Director, Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness at Duke University. He is an internationally renowened thinker on analysing global value and commodity chains. Gary Gereffi's research interests deal with the competitive strategies of global firms, the governance of global value chains, economic and social upgrading, and the emerging global knowledge economy. He has worked for the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and a large number of other international organisations (UNCTAD, Aisan Development bank) and will be holding this year’s Max Havelaar lecture (on November 4th). His publications appeared in Annual Review of Sociology, Asia Pacific Journal, Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Geography.
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Yolanda Jahier