The global economy is structured around global value chains (GVCs) that link producers and consumers around the world. For many countries, the ability to effectively insert into a GVC is a vital condition for development. This process could also serve as a stepping-stone for organizations in emerging nations to integrate into the world economy. What are the best ways to integrate into a GVC? What are some of the tools to identify different opportunities within GVCs? How are other international organizations, aid agencies and governments leveraging GVCs? For countries, how can understanding global value chains improve competitiveness? For local firms, where is your organization positioned within a GVC and where are opportunities for upgrading? The Duke GVC Center addresses these types of questions as part of its teaching activities which are separately designed for both undergraduate students and senior level practitioners.


Customized workshops have benefitted the likes of policymakers, economic developers, consultants and academics focused on improving country or company export competitiveness.

Teaching students at Duke

Over the years, Duke GVC Center has provided students at Duke with perspectives on the linking of economic, social and environmental development.