Global Value Chains, Strategy and Development - CB9146

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 7 15 (7.5) MR U Choksy checkmark-circle


This module introduces students to the area of global value chain (GVC) and its implications for different types of business enterprises (multinational enterprises (MNEs), suppliers, small, large), with a special focus on key theoretical and empirical academic publications as well as available datasets. GVCs are transforming the nature of trade, and it has brought both opportunities and challenges for business enterprises around the world. Such an understanding of GVCs is vital for managers to develop optimal relationships with their value chains partners, adapt to changing business circumstances, and make responsible decisions.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Contact hours: 36
Private study hours: 114
Total hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods:
Individual Essay, 2500 words. (50%)
Group report, 2000 words (30%)
VLE test (20%)

Reassessment Method:
100% coursework

Indicative reading

Essential Reading:

Dicken, P., (2015). Global shift: Mapping the changing contours of the world economy. 7th Edition, New York: The Guilford Press.

Recommended Reading:

Coe, N. M., & Yeung, H. W.-C. (2015). Global Production Networks: Theorizing Economic Development in an Interconnected World. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Kawakami, M., Sturgeon, T. J., & Ajia Keizai Kenkyu¯jo (Japan). (2011). The dynamics of local learning in global value chains: Experiences from East Asia. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

It is expected that students will engage with key academic articles on global value chains in following journals:

Journal of International Business Studies

Journal of World Business

International Business Review

Management International Review

Journal of Economic Geography

World Development

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the structure, governance dynamics, and regulatory environment of global value chains
- Critically analyse the techniques of mapping different global value chains through application of real-world industries.
- Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the economic, social, and environmental implications of GVCs on developing economies through illustration of real-world examples
- Develop a critical awareness of the policy related issues that shape the dynamics and developmental implications of GVCs

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Critical thinking and capability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements in terms of evidence, detect false logic or reasoning, identify implicit values, define terms adequately and generalise appropriately
- Select, organise, develop and synthesise complex material
- Demonstrate analytical skills necessary for the analysis of problems and the identification of appropriate solutions.
- Plan, work and study independently and to use resources in a way which reflects best current practice and anticipated future practice
- Demonstrate integrative capability to communicate and co-ordinate or eventually lead a team of multifunctional specialists.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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