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PubPol 790.04: Global Value Chain Analysis: Overview

Prof. Gereffi


This subject guide identifies information resources that help research how companies, governments, and societies respond strategically to the competitive environment of a globalizing economy.  The research typically delineates supply chains or value chains within the structure of particular industries.

This guide is designed for use by students within the Markets & Management Studies program at Duke and by researchers in Duke's Global Value Chains Center.

Getting Started

Global Value Chains Center at Duke

Become familiar with the resources and examples on the web pages of Duke's Global Value Chains Center.

Duke Libraries Website

Become familiar with the Duke Libraries homepage ( especially the options in the blue search box.

  • The Books & More tab searches the library catalog for the holdings of all of the libraries at Duke. You can filter your results by the facet in the left column. You can also use the Advanced Search option to narrow your search to begin with. 
  • The Articles tab searches across a pre-selected set of journals and periodicals. It may be good for interdisciplinary topics, when it's not obvious which research database (see below) to use.
  • The All tab enables umbrella searches not only for books in the library catalog, but also articles in journals and newspapers across a pre-selected set of databases.
  • The eBooks and Online Journal Titles links lead to publications (not to articles or chapters) to which the Duke Libraries provide electronic access. Note that these are also available from the regular catalog (Books & More tab).
  • The Research Databases link leads to specialized databases like ABI/Inform or Standard & Poors Net Advantage, many of which are not included in the cross-database searches under the Articles or All tabs. Choose a subject to find concise lists of recommended databases by subject.

Subjects Headings in the Library Catalog

Many headings for specific industries such as "textile industry," "clothing trade," "computer industry," or "automobile industry and trade" can be used by selecting the Subject search type. The term "competition" is the subject heading that encompasses the concept of "competitiveness": e.g., Competition, International.

If you find a title that's useful, look at the Subjects assigned to it and click on them to find more material assigned the same subject.

Doing a Subject search for "Globalization" will produce a very useful list of subheadings, like "economic aspects" or "social aspects," and regions.  For example:

Library Contact

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Mark Thomas
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Library Contact

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Ryan Denniston

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