This important volume presents seven case studies of global value chains alongside two theoretical chapters concerning these chains. The contributors explore a wide range of issues relevant to value chains: the impact of global value chains on local upgrading strategies, the role of governance structures shaping global value chains, the role of buyers in creating, monitoring and enforcing commodity specifications and of international standards in shaping the patterns of chain governance. They also consider the role of donors, governmental organisations, and civil society in influencing value chains and the importance of partnerships as mechanisms for value chain upgrading. This carefully researched work is essential reading to scholars and students of the rapidly changing global economic order.
Meine Pieter van Dijk is professor of water services management at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, professor of entrepreneurship at the Maastricht School of Management, and professor of urban management at the Institute of Social Studies and at the Institute of Housing and Urban Development of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Jacques Trienekens is associate professor of Management Studies at Wageningen University and Research Centre, and at the Maastricht School of Management.