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Global Value Chain Analysis

July 1- July 13, 2018


This two weeks global value (GVC) chain training program led by Dr. Gary Gereffi teaches the different dimensions of the GVC methodology.  It aims to provide participants with insights into how to develop effective policies to increase industry competitiveness in these chains at the regional and global levels. The program incorporates tools to assess different opportunities for firms and clusters by providing a framework through which these chains can be analyzed. Using a combination of international trade data and industry-level information, participants will learn how to “map global value chains”, that is, identify the main segments of these value chains and the most powerful and influential firms in each industry, and how these different segments are geographically dispersed around the world. In addition, by examining the role that leading firms and countries play, participants will learn the key requirements for competitiveness at both the firm and country levels as well as potential opportunities and constraints to innovate and upgrade into higher value segments of value chains. After completing the course, participants can use these tools to articulate policies and actions that can be implemented to drive and support investments in specific industries and to support local firms to interact gainfully in today’s global economy. 


  • Introduction to Global Value Chains
  • Value Chain Activities & Geographic Scope
  • Industrial Organization and Participating Firms
  • Identifying Growth Opportunities: Upgrading & Workforce Development
  • Small and Medium Size firms participation in GVCs
  • Local Role in Global Chains: Institutional Context & Stakeholder Analysis
  • Policy Formulation for Improved Participation in GVCs

Anticipated Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be given tools to analyze the dynamic nature of world trade and the evolution of exports over the past decade.
  • Participants will learn about key GVC concepts and the utility of the framework and will develop an understanding of how to map value chains and identify lead firms, key markets and trends occurring in specific industries.
  • Participants will be able to evaluate where local firms are positioned in these value chains and will learn the “upgrading concept” that refers to adding value to current industries.
  • Participants will analyze their local institutional context and assess key constraints to competitiveness for firms in their country.
  • Participants will identify key stakeholders and policy areas that may require changes to promote industry competitiveness.
  • Participants will learn how other countries and development agencies are using these tools to enhance firm participation in GVCs. 


The program is led by the Duke Global Value Chain Center researchers. Gary Gereffi is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Duke GVC Center. Gereffi is the creator of the Global Value Chain framework and he has worked on international competitiveness over 30 years. Karina Fernandez-Stark and Penny Bamber will also facilitate the program. Karina and Penny have over 10 years of experience advising numerous national governments, development banks and international organizations on policy issues for increased competitiveness in global value chains. 


The intended audience for this training is:

  • Policy makers focused on industry development
  • Academics
  • Investment attraction agencies
  • Export promotion agencies
  • Industry associations


This program is co-sponsored by the Duke Global Value Chains Center