Economic and social upgrading in global production networks: A new paradigm for a changing world


Journal Article

A key challenge in promoting decent work worldwide is how to improve the position of both firms and workers in value chains and global production networks driven by lead firms. This article develops a framework for analysing the linkages between the economic upgrading of firms and the social upgrading of workers. Drawing on studies which indicate that firm upgrading does not necessarily lead to improvements for workers, with a particular focus on the Moroccan garment industry, it outlines different trajectories and scenarios to provide a better understanding of the relationship between economic and social upgrading. The authors 2011 Journal compilation © International Labour Organization 2011.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Barrientos, S; Gereffi, G; Rossi, A

Published Date

  • December 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 150 / 3-4

Start / End Page

  • 319 - 340

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1564-913X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0020-7780

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1564-913X.2011.00119.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus