DDRN group: Global Value Chains in Business and Development
The concept of the global value chain (GVC) (and its cousin, the supply chain) has been developed theoretically, based on a number of empirical studies. At the same time, the concept has been used by donors and others to formulate policies and actual development projects. The Global Value Chains in Business and Development Working Group will explore synergies through a dialogue and an interaction between researchers and practitioners with the intention to develop the potential of the GVC concept theoretically and practically.
The conference attracted 70 participants representing different target groups, which confirmed the wide and growing interest in global value chains in relation to business and development issues.
A DDRN Research Overview published in relation to the conference documented that research and researchers within the field are scattered at the moment, and that there is a need for a platform where researchers can collaborate and exchange knowledge, ideas, experiences etc. At a follow-up meeting that was organised by DDRN (November 2, 2009), there was a strong interest in establishing the GVC Working Group as a space for sharing and collaboration.
Estimated duration: 2 years
For further information, please contact Arne Wangel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Prior to the conference on Global Value Chains, Business and Development, DDRN initiated a review of Danish GVC research, which was presented during the conference. The review briefly explains the GVC conceptual framework. It provides descriptions of recent and current research in Denmark, also in terms of geographical focus, funding structure and research cooperation. The review identifies current trends in research activities and points to the challenges for new research. The appendices list current projects, resource persons in Denmark, and international knowledge hubs on GVC research.
The review will form the basis for a continuous mapping of the GVC knowledge base to be published on-line on the DDRN website. Members are encouraged to contribute corrections, additions, and other updates to the knowledge base.
DDRN Conference: Global Value Chains, Business and Development (Department of Geography and Geology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Dec 9, 2008). Conference Report and presentations.
The Conference was the first initiative presenting recent and ongoing research as well as practical experiences on GVC across research institutions and private organisations in Denmark. The conference launched a process with the aim of establishing a platform for dialogue between researchers, practitioners, students and other stakeholders, and mapping the resources available on Global Value Chains (GVC).
The Conference Report includes presentations of the speakers during the three sessions of the conference:
ODI Working Paper - A 'New' approach to global value chain analysis