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Director Gary Gereffi, research team leaders and staff present CGGC research findings in conferences and public forums, addressing topics such as international development, the global knowledge economy, clean energy, and U.S. competitiveness. CGGC and its partners also sponsor such events, drawing on scholars and researchers from around the globe.

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World Economic Forum - Summit on the Global Agenda 2014

November 9-11, 2014  |  Dubai
The Summit on the Global Agenda is the world’s largest global brainstorming event, bringing together the most relevant thought leaders of the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils. Comprised of more than 80 groups of experts from business, academia, government and civil society, the Councils advance knowledge and jointly explore critical issues shaping the global, industry and regional agendas.
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Duke GVC Summit

October 29-31, 2014  |  Durham, NC  |  Duke University
Duke University will host a Global Summit for policy leaders who are thinking about value chains, governance and development in the world’s top international organizations. We have three main objectives: Direct policy impact: The summit will involve people in positions to make policy at top international organizations—such as the World Bank, the IFC, the World Trade Organization, World Economic Forum, Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank, OECD, UNCTAD, UNIDO, ITC, and the ILO, among others—all of whom are interested in the policy implications of a world economy increasingly influenced by global and regional value chains. Influence on development discourse among practitioners: Outputs of the summit, including a summit webpage, live video, a mini-documentary, and a series of policy briefs, will reach a global audience interested in issues of globalization and development. Academic research on governance and value chains: By interacting with leading practitioners, academic researchers will gain a better understanding of the key issues and questions facing policymakers, and will help to disseminate the results of the Global Summit to diverse groups.
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DC Briefing: North Carolina in the Global Economy

Sept 12, 2014  |  Washington  |  Washington, DC
Staff from North Carolina Congressional offices, representatives from Governor Pat McCrory’s Washington office, and individuals representing North Carolina-focused businesses gathered in a Capitol Hill meeting room on Sept 14, Friday morning to learn more about the North Carolina in the Global Economy (NCGE) project, a Duke-created website that provides information and insight into North Carolina’s traditional and emerging industries.
Dr. Gary Gereffi, professor of sociology and director of the Center on Globalization, Governance, and Competitiveness at Duke, heads up the project and led Friday’s presentation.
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Panel to Discuss State of NC Economy

April 21, 2014  |  Durham  |  Erwin Mill Room 103 A
How seven key North Carolina industries have adapted to major changes in the U.S. and the global economy over the past several years is the focus of a panel discussion Monday, April 21, at Duke University. The discussion will include leaders from the state Department of Commerce, Durham Technical Community College and Duke. The event is free and open to the public and takes place from 3-5 p.m. at 103A Erwin Mill, 2024 W. Main Street, Durham. Parking is available in the Erwin Mill lot.

Much of the information to be discussed is included in an updated website produced by Duke's Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (, which launches April 21.

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Realizing the Potential of African Agriculture: Catalytic Innovations Across Agricultural Value Chains

2014-2-27  |  Durham  |  Duke University, John Hope Franklin Center, Room 240
The Duke University Center for International Studies and The Duke Africa Initiative are pleased to invite you to: The University Seminar on Globalization, Governance & Development Panel: ~Ajmal Abdulsamad, Researcher, Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC), Duke University
~Peter Bolt, Managing Director and Founder, Dutch Agricultural Development & Trading Company (DADTCO)
~Kimberly Pfeifer, Head of Research, OXFAM America

Moderator: ~Gary Gereffi, Professor of Sociology and Director, Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC), Duke University

Seminar Faculty Chairs: Professors Gary Gereffi and Giovanni Zanalda

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Participación de Costa Rica en cadenas globales de valor: mapeo y perspectivas futuras

August 7, 2013  |  Costa Rica
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Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade: “Connecting to value chains”

July 8-10, 2013  |  Geneva  |  WTO Headquarters
The aim of the Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade was to examine how to use development assistance to connect developing country and least-developed country (LDC) firms to value chains.
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National Competitiveness, Scalability of International Value Chains and Location of Production

April 16-17, 2013  |  Washington, DC,  |  Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) 1750 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC
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Global Value Chains (GVCs) have grown substantially due to the increased supply of cheap labor, growing domestic markets in developing economies, and reductions in economic barriers to international trade and transportation costs. Recently, however, GVCs have undergone dramatic changes as companies seek to improve performance in their product life-cycles, unlock untapped value, and grow in a sustainable manner. New important determinants of value chain location are emerging, such as the advantages of manufacturing proximity to demand, the importance of integrated regional markets, and the increasing competitiveness of the North. The latter is driven by the so-called "digital energy revolution", which is making US energy costs among the lowest worldwide. This conference will explore the domestic policy options for countries with different levels of income and economic endowment to attract investment and host segments of 21st century value chains in a durable and profitable way.
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Workshop on Governance in a “GVC” World

April 11-13, 2013  |  Durham, NC  |  Duke University, Social Science Research Institute, Erwin Mill Building, Bay A, Room A103
The workshop involves a number of prominent global value chain researchers and a variety of other local scholars on the theme of "Governance in a Global Value Chain World." The workshop is being supported by the Center for International Studies (CIS) at Duke, and it is part of the Globalization, Governance and Development (GGD) seminar that Giovanni Zanalda and Gary Gereffi are co-organizing for CIS this year.
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Technology Innovation and the Coal Value Chain Conference

March 27, 2013  |  Washington, D.C.   |  Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill

On March 27, Duke University and Bank of America will host the conference “Technology Innovation and the Coal Value Chain” in Washington, D.C. The conference will explore the role of coal in the U.S. energy future.

It will feature discussions on the state of the coal value chain, technologies on the horizon that may have the potential to address the environmental impacts of coal use, and options for public policy to spur deployment of innovative coal technologies. The agenda includes presentations by individuals from the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Bank of America, Duke Energy, American Electric Power, Carnegie Mellon, the Duke Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness, Alstom, Clean Air Task Force and others. Cheryl Martin, deputy director of the Advance Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), will deliver the keynote address.

The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. It is free and open to the public, but space is limited.
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CGGC Nicaragua Delegation Meeting

March 20, 2013  |  Durham, NC  |  Duke University
On March 20, 2013, a delegation from Nicaragua led by General Alvaro Baltodano, Presidential Delegate for Investment, Promotion and Foreign Trade, met with Stacey Frederick, Research Scientist, Karina Fernandez-Stark, Senior Research Analyst and Mike Hensen, Assistant Director, all of the Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC), an SSRI affiliate, to follow up on a 2010 CGGC research project led my CGGC Director and Duke Professor of Sociology Gary Gereffi on improving the competitiveness of Nicaragua\'s textiles and apparel industry. This study, co-authored by Gereffi and Duke alumnus and current University of Colorado faculty member Jennifer Bair and a team of CGGC staff researchers, led the research team to Nicaragua in the fall of 2010 to interview textile and apparel companies, and government officials involved in trade promotion in this sector. The recent visit to Duke, facilitated by Ambassador Michael Samuels, President of Samuels International Affiliates who was further accompanied by Ms. Kimberly Glas, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Textiles and Apparel in the US Department of Commerce, was to discuss possible future CGGC research targeted at identifying new growth strategies for Nicaragua in textiles, including attracting foreign direct investment in Nicaragua, that would increase national employment and improve Nicaragua\'s overall global market share in this industry.
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Life Sciences Forum

March 18 -20, 2013  |  San Jose  |  Costa Rica

More than 400 leading company representatives from the medical industry, providers and international experts gathered from the United States, Puerto Rico, Italy and Latin America. Topics of great interest for the Life Sciences sector.

The consolidation of Costa Rica´s positioning as one of the leading countries to foster high technology companies in the industry.

Renowned international speakers: Dr. David Albert , Founder and General Director of Alivecor; Matt Szuhaj, Director of Deloitte Consulting LLP; Sheila Hemeon-Heyer – President of Heyer Regulatory Solutions;Scott Nelson, founder of ; Art Erdman, Director of Medical Devices Center at the University of Minnesota; Gary Gereffi, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center of Globalization, Governance, & Competitiveness at Duke University; and Charles Sidebottom, Director of Corporate Standards, Medtronic.
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Understanding Financial Crises: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Responses

February 14, 2013  |  Durham, NC  |  John Hope Franklin Center
The University Seminar on Globalization, Governance & Development Seminar Faculty Chairs: Professors Gary Gereffi and Giovanni Zanalda Series sponsors: Duke University Center for International Studies with funding or support from the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Strategy and Programs
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Bus Rapid Transit in the United States: Building a Business Constituency

March 7-8, 2012  |  Durham  |  Thomas Center, Duke University
A one-day working meeting to focus on how to build a BRT “industry” as an assertive constituency, similar to those for light rail and high-speed rail. Invited participants will include industry representatives in bus manufacturing, intelligent transportation systems, fare collection, consulting, design, and system operations; finance experts; FTA representatives; and leading BRT advocates and researchers.
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SKILLS FOR UPGRADING: Workforce Development and Global Value Chains in Developing Countries

November 17, 2011  |  Washington, DC  |  Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center
RTI International, Duke CGGC, and the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) held a workshop to launch the Skills for Upgrading study. This research project examines workforce development strategies in developing countries in the context of the shifting upgrading dynamics of global value chains. Funded by RTI International and carried out by Duke CGGC, this research addresses policymakers, donors and development practitioners to improve our understanding of how workforce development strategies can enhance the upgrading efforts and competitiveness of developing countries in global industries. Opening remarks were by Claudio Cortellese of the MIF giving an overview of the importance of efficiently and effectively targeting workforce development in Latin America to support economic growth. The luncheon session by Alejandro Banegas of IAGSA (Honduras) provided a private sector perspective of the challenges of GVC upgrading and workforce development in Honduras in the global fruit and vegetable industry. The workshop website, agenda, and select presentations are listed below.
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Analyzing Global Value Chains: Canada’s Trade and Nova Scotia’s Ocean Technology sector

June 8, 2011  |  Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference 2011

February 8-10, 2011  |  Washington, DC
The 2011 Conference held in February 2011 was dedicated to transforming our ideas into action and building a revitalized, green economy that creates good jobs, reduces global warming and preserves America's economic and environmental security. CGGC's Gary Gereffi and Marcy Lowe made the following presentations.
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Capturing the Energy Efficiency Opportunity Workshop

September 17, 2010  |  Durham, NC
Duke University and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) hosted an interactive workshop, facilitated by Duke faculty and staff with Climate Corps alumni and their host companies, to distill lessons learned from three years of work on ways companies can make their manufacturing and other corporate processes more efficient and reduce carbon emissions. An event summary report, published in March 2011, is provided below, entitled: Capturing the Energy Efficiency Opportunity: Lessons from EDF Climate Corps.
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Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference 2010

May 4, 2010  |  Washington, DC
The 2010 Conference held in May in Washington, D.C. was dedicated to transforming our ideas into action and building a revitalized, green economy that creates good jobs, reduces global warming and preserves America’s economic and environmental security. CGGC Director Gary Gereffi and Senior Research Analyst Marcy Lowe were panel participants.
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Environmental and Energy Study Institute Capitol Hill Briefing

January 14, 2010  |  Washington, DC
Marcy Lowe attended and participated in this Capitol Hill briefing organized by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute on the job creation and economic development impacts of public transportation. Marcy spoke about the manufacturing job impacts of U.S. investment in public transportation.
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Duke-VIU 2009 International Summer Research Workshop

July 5-10, 2009  |  Durham, NC  |  Duke University
CGGC, together with Venice International University’s Center for Studies on Technologies in Distributed Intelligence Systems (TeDIS) hosted the 2009 International Summer Research Workshop around the theme of "Economic, Social and Environmental Restructuring in Global Value Chains".
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The Offshore Services Industry: A New Opportunity for Latin America (La Industria de Servicios Offshoring: Una Oportunidad para América Latina)

October 21-23, 2009  |  Cancún
Gary Gereffi, Mario Castillo and Karina Fernandez-Stark presented the paper "La Industria de Servicios Offshoring: Una oportunidad para America Latina" in the annual REDIBERO meeting, with the title, "La Promoción del Comercio y la Inversión en Iberoamérica ¿Podemos avanzar hacia la promoción regional?"
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Hybrid Day on the Hill

June 11, 2009  |  Washington, DC
A high-tech truck convoy pulled up at Capitol Hill to showcase the emergence of fuel-and-emissions-saving hybrid technology for the nation's biggest vehicles. The event, organized by clean transportation group CALSTART, unveiled a new CGGC study that highlights jobs created in truck manufacturing as well as other areas crucial to building the green economy: advanced energy storage, power electronics and control systems. Marcy Lowe was invited to speak at this Capitol Hill briefing kick-off.
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Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference 2009

February 5, 2009  |  Washington, DC
The February 2009 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference was organized by the Blue Green Alliance to develop partnerships between labor and environmental groups to expand job potential in the green economy. The 2,500-participant conference included a breakout panel highlighting the CGGC report Manufacturing Climate Solutions.
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Global Services Offshoring: Trends and Impact in Latin America and the Caribbean

November 18, 2008  |  Santiago, Chile
CGGC Director Gary Gereffi gives the keynote address at the ECLAC (English acronym for United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America) Seminar: “Offshore Corporate Services in Latin America and the Caribbean.”
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Duke-VIU 2008 International Summer Research Workshop

July 13-18, 2008  |  Venice  |  Venice International University
Duke University's Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC), together with Venice International University's Center for Studies on Technologies in Distributed Intelligence Systems (TeDIS), are pleased to announce the expansion of their ongoing collaboration by developing a new International Summer Research Workshop.
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Global Value Chains, Industrial Upgrading and Jobs in Large Emerging Economies: A Comparison of China, India, and Mexico

February 21, 2008  |  Washington, D.C.  |  USAID Microenterprise Development Office Breakfast Seminar Series
Dr. Gary Gereffi presented “Global Value Chains, Industrial Upgrading and Jobs in Large Emerging Economies: A Comparison of China, India, and Mexico." The seminar was the 28th installment of the Linking Small Firms to Competitiveness Strategies Breakfast Seminar Series sponsored by the USAID Microenterprise Development office.
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Science and Technology from a Global Perspective

Feb 17, 2008  |  Boston, MA  |  Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
This year’s AAAS meeting will emphasize the power of science, technology and education to assist less-developed segments of world society, to improve partnerships among already-developed countries, and to spur knowledge-driven transformations across a host of fields. Center Director Gary Gereffi will join colleagues from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Venice International University in a symposium on Sunday, February 17, entitled, “Global Diffusion of Nanotechnology: Lessons from China, Italy and the United States.”
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Just Supply Chains Workshop - "Monitoring...And Beyond?"

January 11-12, 2008  |  Cambridge, MA  |  MIT
Program on Global Justice, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, MIT.
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International Workshop: Global Production Networks and Decent Work: Recent Experience in India and Global Trends

November 18-20, 2007  |  Bangalore, India
Organized by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), International Institute of Labour Studies (IILS), and Institute for Human Development (IHD) in association with Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore.
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Visualizing North Carolina in the Global Economy Open House

October 16, 2007  |  Durham, NC  |  Duke University, Erwin Mill Building, A103
This 'Open House' is to recognize the conclusion of the first phase of work on updating and upgrading the CGGC's website on North Carolina in the Global Economy with new data to bring this site to its 2007 version, utilizing new visualization tools for the display of the data made possible by collaboration with Duke's Center for Instructional Technology.

The New Logic of Offshoring Innovation & Engineering: What Works and What Doesn't

June 19, 2007  |  New York City, NY  |   Mandarin Oriental Hotel
A 'Chief Executive Roundtable' organized by Chief Executive Magazine; CGGC Director Gary Gereffi participates in discussion.
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America's Competitiveness Forum

June 11-12, 2007  |  Atlanta, GA  |  Atlanta Marriott Marquis
This forum provided a venue for government ministers from the Western Hemisphere to gather with leaders from the private sector, academia and NGO's to explore ideas and best practices on competitiveness.
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IILS-CALSS Workshop to Explore Research Collaboration

April 26-27, 2007  |  Beijing, People's Republic of China  |  Beijing Continental Grand Hotel
A workshop gathering Chinese and international scholars and labor specialists to explore collaborative research.
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Nanotechnology and the Emerging Global Knowledge Economy: Challenges and Opportunities in an International Context

March 29-30, 2007  |  Durham, NC  |  Duke University
A mini-conference on diverse elements of the global economy touching on nanotechnology research projects, the supply and demand for engineers and scientists and other related topics. This meeting involved selected international scholars and industry representatives, North Carolina nanotechnology firms and regional policy makers.
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A Duke Conversation

February 8, 2007
Gary Gereffi speaks at this event to talk about the important issues that are shaping our lives today.

IILS Research Conference: Decent Work, Social Policy and Development

Nov 29 - Dec 1, 2006  |  Geneva, Switzerland  |  ILO Headquarters
A conference of international scholars to discuss the labor issues raised by the rise of global production networks.
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2006 Community College Symposium: The Global Economy

November 15-16, 2006  |  Chapel Hill, NC  |  The Friday Center, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
A symposium for community college educators. Dr. Gary Gereffi will speak on "North Carolina and the Global Economy."
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GVC Workshop: Industrial Upgrading, Offshore Production, and Labor

November 9-10, 2006  |  Durham, NC  |  Erwin Mill Building, Duke University
Two-day workshop. Not open to the public.

The Offshoring of Engineering

October 24, 2006  |  Washington, DC  |  National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
This National Academy of Engineering workshop will examine offshoring of engineering and its implications for the U.S. economy, and features presentations by industry and academic engineering leaders, including IEEE-USA President Ralph Wyndrum.
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NCACPA Small Business Forum

June 22, 2006  |  Chapel Hill, NC  |  Sheraton Hotel
Dr. Gary Gereffi will present a talk titled "North Carolina in the Global Economy: New Strategies to Compete in Traditional and Modern Industries"
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Building Business Ties Between North Carolina and Baja California, Mexico

June 5, 2006  |  Raleigh, NC  |  NC State College of Textiles
Learn more about a trip to Tijuana in October 2006, sponsored by Duke and UNC.
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Expand Your Network in China

May 25, 2006  |  Cary, NC
The Raleigh Export Assistance Center has organized an introduction of the AmCham Shanghai to help NC businesses prepare realistic business strategies for doing business in China.

Observing Trade: Revealing International Trade Networks and Their Impacts

March 9, 2006  |  Princeton, NJ
This conference will focus on the analysis and interpretation of trade data and related issues, examining how we conceptualize and measure trade, explore underlying constraints of trade patterns, and investigate certain instructive, specific case studies to illuminate influences on and impacts of trade patterns.

VIU-CGGC Global Value Chains Training

February 6-17, 2006
The CGGC, in concert with Venice International University, is planning a joint research and training program, linking VIU's work on Italian industrial districts and the CGGC's work on global value chains.

Global Supply Chains Conference

February 15-16, 2006  |  Ottawa, Canada
This two-day Global Supply Chains Conference examined the growth of global supply chains, their use by Canadian corporations, and their implications for policy development.
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ILO Nobel Peace Prize Social Policy Lectures & Symposium

December 5-7, 2005  |  Kingston, Jamaica
This three-day symposium and lecture series, held every other year, focused on globalization and governance, and the rise of global outsourcing.
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Global Outsourcing: Threat or Necessity for U.S. Competitiveness

April 13, 2004  |  Durham, NC  |  Duke University
To promote broader dialogue on this issue at Duke and elsewhere, we have put together a panel that consists of academics, industry representatives and policy makers to unravel the complex dynamics behind global outsourcing.

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