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Global Value Chain Analysis

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July 1- July 13, 2018


Many policymakers are grappling with introducing policies that enhance competitiveness at regional and global levels. The Duke GVC Training program addresses this issue. The program provides policymakers with the tools to articulate policies and actions that drive and support investments in specific industries and supports local firms.





At the conclusion of the two-week program (July 1-13, 2018), participants will be able to:

  • Leverage tools to analyze the dynamic nature of world trade and the evolution of exports over the past decade.

  • Develop an understanding of how to map value chains and identify lead firms, key markets and trends occurring in specific industries by using the global value chains framework.

  • Evaluate where local firms are positioned in these value chains.

  • Gain an understanding of the “upgrading concept” (adding value to current industries).

  • Analyze local institutional context and assess key constraints to competitiveness for firms in their country.

  • Identify key stakeholders and policy areas that may require changes to promote industry competitiveness.



The program is specifically designed for those coming from industry development, academia, investment attraction agencies, export promotion agencies and industry associations.



The program is led by Duke University Professor Dr. Gary Gereffi, one of the co-creators of the Global Value Chains framework and the Director of the Duke University Global Value Chains Center; Karina Fernandez-Stark, a Senior Research Analyst at the Duke GVC Center; and Penny Bamber, a Senior Research Associate at the Duke GVC Center. The trio has led GVC training workshops around the world for clients as part of customized offerings. Now, for the first time, this program is being offered as an open program at Duke University for policymakers from around the world.

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”. This is about identifying the main segments of value chains, the most powerful and influential firms in each industry and how these different segments are geographically dispersed around the world.



  • 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


Testimonials from previous GVC Training Customized Workshops


“If you are looking for a set of practical tools to function more efficiently in your job and to be able to address issues of firm or industry competitiveness, then I highly recommend these workshops. The workshops were most beneficial to us because they were practical. We were to apply a theory and put it into practice. We particularly resonated with the case-based learning via Duke GVC Center’s client work. We thought the workshop was so good that we did it twice! That is testament to the value that we experienced.” – Indera Sagewan-Alli, Executive Director for the Caribbean Centre for Competitiveness


“The GVC approach we learned during the Duke workshops is very useful for collaboration. It brings people with different perspectives together and allows them to go through a useful process to evaluate opportunities. Sometimes when you go to workshops, there are times when the information is not relevant. That wasn’t the case with the Duke workshops. There was lots of energy around the topics and I know this is something we can use for our organization.” – Paula Bourne, Barbados Investment and Development Corporation





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