NEXT WEBINAR : October 9th 16 CEST By Darío Vazquez

Dear all,

Our next webinar is a student's webinar on OCTOBER 9 , 16:00 CEST.

We have invited Dario Vazquez to present his paper "Integrating Global Value Chain with National Innovation Systems approaches: some dimensions disregarded by the current debate". The discussant will be : Beniamino Callegari (PhD candidate at BI Norwegian Business School).

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For several years, the approaches of National Innovation Systems (NIS) and Global Value Chains (GVC) had little dialogue with each other. While NIS focused on the development of technological capabilities at national level (Lundvall, 1992; Nelson, 1993), GVC studied production internationalization at global level (Humphrey & Schmitz, 2002; Gereffi et al., 2005).
Recently, several authors have suggested a theoretical integration of both approaches, considering not only local but also external learning sources involved in catching up processes (Jurowetzki et al., 2015; Pietrobelli & Rabellotti, 2011). The main link for such integration relies on innovation (or upgrading), which is key in both. Although other authors are aware of the centrality of innovation, they discard that integration attempt because of differences in proposed policies (Szapiro et al., 2016).
This paper aims to contribute to that debate by exploring the backgrounds of three dimensions linked to innovation and upgrading. First, interactive learning (Lundvall, 1985). Second, structural competitiveness (Freeman, 1982). Third, how multinational companies' technological strategies influence on NIS (Archibugi and Michie, 1997; Chesnais, 1992).
Early contributions to NIS literature highlighted the first two aspects, since interactions within a NIS have a key role as source of technological learning, which in turn strengthened local technological capabilities and expanded structural competitiveness. The third aspect was addressed by MNE`s literature, which precedes GVC approaches, although it was later overlooked by upgrading literature. In short, we argue that the current debate, ignoring the backgrounds of these three dimensions, hints to a theoretical integration that can be misleading and end in contradictory policy recommendations.

Bio : Darío Vázquez
Darío Vázquez is a Phd Candidate. He is a research fellow at CONICET and CEED-IDAES- UNSAM. He is teaching at Universidad de
Buenos Aires, Universidad Nacional de La Matanza and Universidad del Salvador. His research interests are about innovation, structural change and economic development. He is author of a variety of publications in national and international journals, such as Problemas del Desarrollo (México) and Desarrollo Económico (Argentina).