Global Value Chains : Competing views on governance, firm’s performance and development outcomes

Research Cluster

Speaker:Dr Florence Palpacuer, The University of Montpellier
Date: Thursday 27 October 2016
Time: 2pm
Location: Queens LT4.2

Further details

Global value chains formed by the geographical dispersion of productive activities in inter-firm and intra-firm networks have become a dominant form of organization of economic activities, accounting for 80% of international trade (UNCTAD, 2013) and one in five jobs in the global economy (ILO, 2015). Particular attention has been given to the governance patterns by which lead firms and their core suppliers, but also new groups of actors such as civil society organizations, are exercising power and contributing to shape the distribution of value within these chains. Several research streams offer competing views on these issues of governance, firm’s performance and development outcomes, that will be discussed on the basis of selected publications (Bair and Palpacuer, 2015; Levy and Palpacuer, 2016).

Bair, J. and Palpacuer, F. (2015) “CSR beyond the corporation: contested governance in global value chains” Global networks, 15(1): S1-S19.

International Labour Organisation (2015) World Employment Social Outlook: the changing nature of jobs, ILO: Geneva.

Levy, D. and Palpacuer, F. (2016) « Global Production Networks and the Changing Corporation” in Baars, G. and Spicer, A. (eds) The Corporation: A Critical, Interdisciplinary Handbook, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (2013) Global Value Chains and Development: Investment and Value Added Trade in the Global Economy, UNCTAD/DIAE/2013/1. Geneva: United Nations. 

Florence PALPACUER is a Professor in Management Studies at the University of Montpellier, France, where she is directing a master program on Organizational Management and Sustainable Development, and a Chair on Responsible Management and Entrepreneurship funded by the French National Research Agency ((2011-2019). A former consultant for the International Labour Organization in Geneva, she has been studying global production systems and their implications for employment and local development over the last 15 years. Her current research is on new forms of resistance movements in global production chains. Her work has been published in journals such as Economy & Society, World Development, The British Journal of Industrial Relations, Environment and Planning A and Competition & Change