Call for Papers: Innovation Systems in the era of Global Value Chains

Innovation Systems in the era of Global Value Chains:

In recent years scholars within the Globelics Network have begun discussions about how to bring together the innovation system and global value chain approaches for the analysis of economic development.
The discussion has evolved during several events organised in Globelics:

  • Globelics/Eurolics Workshop on Interactive Learning in National Innovation Systems and Global Value Chains: How to Escape the Poverty Trap, Copenhagen, 22 May 2015;
  • The Special Session Global Value Chains and National Innovation Systems, during the Globelics Annual Conference in Havana, 23 September, 2015;
  • The Obel Symposium on Innovation Systems, Globalization and Development, Aalborg, 10-12, 2016

A special issue of The European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) will bring together these frameworks to build on the discussions towards the creation of a research agenda on innovation and development. The special issue invites contributions from scholars, who have participated in the above seminars and also call for submissions from other interested scholars.


Research questions

Research topics to be addressed in the special issue include:

  • How does the character of knowledge exchange and interactive learning between users and producers involved in innovative activities change when the distance between them goes from local and national to global?
  • Under what circumstances does increased openness in terms of flows of embodied and disembodied knowledge contribute to domestic technological and innovation capabilities? What are the factors that might impede it in specific cases?
  • How should developing countries combine domestic and foreign sources of learning for successful upgrading in the global economy?
  • Can global value chains function as substitutes for domestic interactive learning where local/ national innovation systems are weak and fragmented?
  • What is the role of the state at different levels of development in regulating and managing economic openness?
  • What policy regimes and combinations of industrial and innovation policies are important to leverage the positive impact of external sources of knowledge within national boundaries?
  • How are different value chain governance patterns related with local opportunities for learning and innovating?
  • What is the supporting role of the innovation system in GVC-driven learning and innovation processes?

Please download the full Call for Papers for further details and information on how to submit your paper.


15 October 2016:          Extended abstracts
15 November 2016:      Notification of the selected abstracts
31 January 2017:           Submission of full papers
31 March 2017:              Notification of reviewers’ comments
24 April 2017:                Workshop in Copenhagen
30 June 2017                  Final papers




Aalborg University will host a workshop in Copenhagen inviting the authors of the accepted papers.


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