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Global Value Chain Resilience: Understanding the Impact of Managerial Governance Adaptations

by Liena Kano, Rajneesh Narula, and Irina Surdu

Global Value Chain Resilience: Understanding the Impact of Managerial Governance Adaptations

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As GVCs recover from the initial shock, managers will make GVC restructuring decisions guided by long-term strategic considerations.
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Abstract

While COVID-19 has caused significant short-term disruptions in global value chains (GVCs), in the longer run, the pandemic will not be the primary catalyst in GVC evolution. As GVCs recover from the initial shock, managers will make GVC restructuring decisions guided by long-term strategic considerations. This article describes barriers that lead firm managers may encounter when rethinking location/control decisions for value chain activities and suggests that, in addition to structural changes, managerial governance adaptations are instrumental in enhancing GVCs’ long-term resilience. Lessons learned from responding to the pandemic can help managers enhance GVC efficiency in the increasingly uncertain global environment.


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