Introducing the New Duke University Global Value Chains Open Enrollment Program

Gary Gereffi | Karina Fernandez-Stark

We have exciting news to share. The Duke GVC Center is entering the executive education open program space through a new collaboration with the Duke University Center for International Development.

As we have written about previously, we put together customized workshops for our clients on how to use global value chains analysis to help participants develop effective policies to increase industry competitiveness in specific chains. Now, for the first time, any policymaker can join our two-week program at Duke University from July 1-13. The program is specifically designed for those coming from industry development, academia, investment attraction agencies, export promotion agencies and industry associations.

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”. In summary, that means identifying the main segments of these value chains and the most powerful and influential firms in each industry. By doing this, participants can see how these different segments are geographically dispersed around the world. In addition, by examining the role that leading firms and countries play, participants will learn the key requirements for competitiveness at both the firm and country levels as well as potential opportunities and constraints to innovate and upgrade into higher value segments of value chains.

We are both passionate about leading hands-on workshops as well as the power of global value chains analysis to make a real difference in the world. What excites us most is seeing the impact. Over the years, there have been numerous examples of how our customized training programs have inspired participants to ultimately recommend policy changes that have been implemented and benefitted various constituencies. In Uruguay, government officials are designing policies to achieve economic development based on the training we conducted a few years ago. Further to one of our other workshops, the Jamaica Manufacturing Industry Association is utilizing the GVC framework to expand the reach of their associates in export markets.

We very much looking forward to providing such experiences and benefits for participants in this new open program we will be running. You can learn more about the topics and objectives for this program at the following link.

Gary Gereffi is the director of the Duke University Global Value Chains Center. He is one of the creators of the Global Value Chains framework and has worked on international competitiveness for over 30 years.

Karina Fernandez-Stark is a Senior Research Analyst at the Duke GVC Center and has over 10 years of experience advising numerous national governments, development banks and international organizations on policy issues for increased competitiveness in global value chains.

Both Gereffi and Fernandez-Stark have conducted GVC training seminars in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.