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Mapping integrative trade: conceptualising and measuring global value chains

  • Timothy J. Sturgeon
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    The concept of Global Value Chains (GVCs) provides a pragmatic and parsimonious framework as we seek answers to questions about the dynamic organisation of global industries. In this paper, I discuss the evolution of GVC, the framework, especially the motivations for supplementing the 'buyer-driven' and 'producer-driven' modes of Global Commodity Chain (GCC) governance developed by Gary Gereffi in the 1990s with an industry-neutral, non-empirical framework. I go on to briefly present the features of the GVC governance framework, and lay out its interdisciplinary theoretical underpinnings. I then provide more detail on the most novel form of GVC governance, value chain modularity. Finally, I point out the need to develop new metrics to map GVCs and propose a generic classification of business functions to accomplish this.

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    Article provided by Inderscience Enterprises Ltd in its journal Int. J. of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development.

    Volume (Year): 1 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 237-257

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    Handle: RePEc:ids:ijtlid:v:1:y:2008:i:3:p:237-257
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