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Global Value Chains and Technological Capabilities: A Framework to Study Learning and Innovation in Developing Countries

  • Andrea Morrison
  • Carlo Pietrobelli
  • Roberta Rabellotti

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    (SEMEQ Department - Faculty of Economics - University of Eastern Piedmont)

This paper presents a critical review of the Global Value Chain literature in light of the “Technological Capabilities” approach to innovation in LDCs. Participation in GVC is beneficial for firms in LDCs, which are bound to source technology internationally. However, the issues of learning and technological efforts at the firm-level remain largely uncovered by the GVC literature. We propose a shift in the empirical and theoretical agenda, arguing that research should integrate the analysis of the endogenous process of technological capability development, of the specific firm-level efforts and of the mechanisms allowing knowledge to flow within and between different global value chains into the GVC literature.

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Paper provided by SEMEQ Department - Faculty of Economics - University of Eastern Piedmont in its series Working Papers with number 117.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2007
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Handle: RePEc:upo:upopwp:117
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