COVID-19 Precipitated the Age of Copper

COVID-19 Precipitated the Age of Copper: Are Producing Countries Prepared to Supply the World and Capture Greater Value? This blog looks at impacts and opportunities in the copper value chain, particularly for Latin American producers in Peru and Chile.

Why global value chains remain essential for COVID-19 supplies

This VoxEU article shows how the fragmentation of production and the new manufacturing bases in developing countries over the past 20 years have increased the ability of countries to respond to the unexpected sudden spikes in demand experienced during the coronavirus crisis.

Protectionism Redux: Something Old, Something Blue

The Smith Business Insight wrote this article based on Gary Gereffi’s keynote speech on “Protectionism and Global Value Chains” at Queens University in Canada (April 2018).

‘Upgrade cruise, rum sectors’ in Barbados

A global value chain analysis of the cruise and rum sectors in Barbados uncovered the need for specific upgradings in both sectors to help maintain the global competitiveness of Barbados firms.

BFM Business discusses Duke GVCC research on Russian Wheat Value Chain

Television program on French BFM Business discusses recent Duke GVCC report on the Russian wheat industry and the impact of Russia’s participation for MENA nations.

Before Wisconsin, Foxconn Vowed Big Spending in Brazil. Few Jobs Have Come.

Duke GVC Center Director Gary Gereffi is quoted in a New York Times piece by David Barboza on why Foxconn should diversify its manufacturing operations.

Analysis from Duke University on growth in the electronics and shipbuilding industries

Articles summarizes  the KIET – Duke University Global Value Chains Center Joint International Conference.

GVCs in Korea

Recap of the ‘Global Industrial Network Change in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Industrial Innovation in Korea’ conference.



Gary Gereffi on the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Korea

Interview with Duke GVC Center Director Gary Gereffi on the Korean government’s role in growing the economy.

The Impact from Global Value Chain Training

It is vital for countries to understand the global value chains (GVCs) of their key industries in order to integrate in the international economy. It can be crucial to development and improved competitiveness. Many policymakers are not familiar with GVC analysis and are also unaware about the dynamics of the global economy, including global demand and supply, lead firms that dominate the chain and the possibilities for industry upgrading. The Duke Global Value Chains Center has been at the forefront in advancing knowledge around GVCs. I’m fortunate to be part of the Duke CGGC teaching team that shares such insights and has seen first-hand the value that participants can glean.