A workshop on Global Values Chains was held at Duke University on November 9-10, 2006. The major source of funding for the workshop is from the Rockefeller Foundation's Global Value Chains Initiative grant to Duke University. Additional funding support is provided by the UNC Supply Chain Program and the National Science Foundation.
The Services Offshoring Working Group, based at the Industrial Performance Center, has been led by Tim Sturgeon of MIT. The other members of the Group are Frank Levy, also of MIT (chair), Clair Brown (Berkeley), Brad Jensen (IIE), and David Weil (Boston University & Harvard). The report was jointly sponsored by the Rockefeller and Sloan Foundations. The topic it addresses -- the data used to characterize and measure services offshoring and its effects on the US economy -- is obviously of interest to many in the Industry Studies community. The report is a thoughtful and thorough assessment of this important subject.
The fourth workshop at the Global Value Chain Initiative was held
on June 14-16 2004 in Rockport, Massachusetts. The aim of the workshop
was to bring together two distinct networks of researchers - from
the Global Value Chains Initiative and from the Sloan Industry Centres
- to identify, develop and consolidate the conceptual and methodological
state of the art regarding globalisation's effects on economic development
and employment. (The Sloan Industry Centres website can be found
at http://www.industry.sloan.org/) A few scholars from outside both
networks with special insight into the methodological and measurement
issues related to globalisation's effect on employment were also
invited. Finally, we invited a handful of industry leaders, policy-makers
and activists to round out the group.
Peter Gibbon and Hubert Schmitz organised a half-day workshop at
Cancun, Mexico on the 12th September 2003, on Power, Trade
and Development Policies: Global Value Chain Analysis.
This workshop was part of the International Centre for Trade and
Sustainable Development (ICTSD) Cancun Trade and Development Symposium
and coincided with the WTO Ministerial Meeting.
There have been four major meetings associated with the GVC Initiative:
The third workshop of the Global Value Chain Initiative
was held on April 8-11, 2003 at the Rockefeller Conference Center
in Bellagio, Italy. At this meeting we reviewed a prospectus for
a book on GVCs, worked to further develop the theoretical framework
in areas where it remained weak, explored better ways of applying
GVC-based approaches to sustainable industrial upgrading and employment
creation, compared the GVC perspective to other approaches that
have been important for analyzing industrial upgrading, and reinforced
our links with policy makers and practitioners.
The conference goals were all achieved, and in some cases the results
surpassed expectations. The book proposal was discussed in depth,
and the team leaders received excellent feedback. Five participants
in the team residency (Gereffi, Humphrey, McFate, Schmitz, and Sturgeon)
stayed at Bellagio for an extra day and developed a chapter outline
for the book, and a timetable for completing the book by October
2003. Useful suggestions for the GVC website were also received.
The two main substantive areas of the conference - industrial upgrading
and poverty reduction - are also key areas that were addressed in
the book proposal, and thus these sessions had the double benefit
of providing feedback to the experts on these topics and the book
authors as well.
Global Value Chains Workshop , Rockport, Massachusetts, April 2002.
The second meeting of the GVC Initiative engaged 20 participants
with diverse backgrounds, including academics, development practitioners,
labor activists, policy advisors and members of international organisations,
to discuss a draft framework paper written by the three co-organisers
of the workshop (Gereffi, Humphrey, and Sturgeon). The framework
paper was a take-off point to consider strategies for making the
GVC perspective a more useful tool for policymakers and development-oriented
organisations, and to identify new ways of working together with
practitioners and activists. This meeting achieved the objective
of enlarging the value chain network and establishing fruitful contacts
with a variety of academics, policymakers and activists.
The feedback from both the participants at the Rockport meeting,
including academics and policymakers not previously associated with
the value chain perspective, was that the draft framework paper
provided a solid intellectual grounding for value chain work and
a means of systematising value chain studies. The group strongly
recommended that the paper be revised and submitted for publication.
The paper is currently under review at the Journal Review of International
Political Economy. A draft of the
framework paper is currently available on this web site.
The participants in the Rockport meeting also agreed that a revised
framework paper should serve as an introduction to a book on global
value chains, written in an accessible style and aimed at a broad
audience. This book would combine some overviews of the value chain
approach with the number of case studies. This book would help to
broaden the visibility of the approach and be useful to policymakers,
practitioners and teachers.
Rockefeller Conference Center, Bellagio, Italy, September 2000.
At this initial meeting we worked on basic definitions and tried
to identify important focus areas for the theory and policy work.
The workshop brought together 14 international scholars for one
week in an effort to develop a common framework for value-chain
research through the establishment of a standard set of concepts
and methods, and the isolation of the key theoretical variables
upon which the analysis and comparison of global value chains turns.
Considerable progress was made during a series of intense group
discussions, break-out sessions and summary reports. The results
of this meeting were published in a special issue of the IDS Bulletin
32(3) (July 2001).
Spreading the Gains from Globalisation , Institute of Development
Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK, September 1999. This international
conference brought together approximately 40 participants from the
academic, corporate, policy and foundation communities to try to
meet the challenge of defining a more robust intellectual paradigm
and effective policy agenda to facilitate spreading the gains from
globalisation. This event sought to integrate theories and empirical
research that straddled different traditions, such as the industrial
districts and global commodity chains perspectives, and marked the
origins of what has become the Global Value Chains Initiative.