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Literature Review – Value Chains
By Yvonne Chen
For GWU IDS Capstone 2012
September 2, 2011
This paper offers a review of the literature on the theoretical underpinnings and practical uses of GVC
value chain governance theory for the purposes of informing a development-focused graduate student
consulting project that employs GVC methodology. The first and second sections provide a brief overview
of value chains, GVC governance theory and the relevant concepts for conducting a value chain analysis
within a development context. The third section discusses GVC interventions and offers a case study of a
successful intervention. At the end of this paper, the author offers a set of recommendations for a
graduate level development capstone project that would focus on value chains.
In today’s globalized world, the traditional concepts that were useful to understanding global
integration1 such as comparative advantage and the role of multinational corporations in shaping t