The CGGC research team is currently involved in a number of principal projects, all of which draw strength from the use of the value chains framework.

Global Value Chains & Development

Global Value ChainsThe Global Value Chain (GVC) Initiative, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, explores how the global organization of industries is changing the sources of competitive advantage for firms and regions around the world.  The GVC website contains comprehensive listings of the major researchers and publications associated with the burgeoning GVC perspective. The GVC Initiative promotes greater analytical precision, intellectual impact and policy relevance for this research framework, and it seeks to create a platform for on-going dialogue among user communities of practitioners and academics.
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EnvironmentIn 2008 the CGGC embarked on a series of new projects, supported in part by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Our environmental research applies the value chain framework to the study of environmental issues in order to identify points of leverage that can be used to reduce the environmental footprint of firms in diverse industries.  These projects will hopefully encourage debate and ultimately drive policy changes in environmentally responsible directions.
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NC in the Global Economy

NCGEThe North Carolina in the Global Economy project focuses on understanding how globalization affects both traditional and high-tech, knowledge-based industries in North Carolina. Using a unique website with innovative visualization tools created by faculty and student researchers at Duke, we show how North Carolina compares with other U.S. states and the rest of the world in terms of innovation, jobs, trade, and investment for seven of the state’s major industries.
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