Global production networks and the uneven development of regional training systems: Conceptualizing an approach and proposing a research agenda

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Abstract

This article argues that the global value chains framework has a problematic approach to examining the impact of value chains on workforce development systems (WDSs), given how it is based on market relations and a firm-centric view. The paper develops an alternative approach to examine value chains’ impact on WDSs as territorially and institutionally regulated, and as part of broader dynamics of accumulation and uneven development. A research agenda is suggested, which emphasizes the “dark side” of value chains’ impact on WDSs. This article contributes to the economic geography literature concerned with value chains, including the Global Production Networks approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-526
Number of pages20
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Volume46
Issue number2
Early online date28 Nov 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022
Externally publishedYes

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