IPC researchers are at the forefront of research on globalization. The focus at the IPC has long been on bottom-up, qualitative, firm- and industry-level research, and as many industries have globalized, IPC researchers have followed. More recently, building upon what has been learned in the field, IPC researchers have been contributing to foundational frameworks for globalization research and assisting the producers of economic statistics in their quest to develop better official statistics to support the study of globalization.
Globalization and Industry Studies
Industries have different structures and modes for exchanging information, based on the cognitive and technical requirements for creating knowledge and exchanging information and specifications. These dynamics are explored in the book, The New Division of Labor: How Computers Are Creating the Next Job Market, by co-authors Frank Levy and Richard Murnane. These distinctions, often described in terms of tasks based on tacit or codified knowledge, affect the potential for business activities to be conducted at a distance, and therefore, the patterns of geographical spread, organizational and institutional arrangements, and levels of spatial concentration in specific industries. Industry studies by IPC researchers have documented how these patterns of globalization have evolved over time, as firms and entire sectors have engaged with new, emerging markets, competitors and customers.
Global Value Chains
IPC researchers are examining the processes of geographic fragmentation, dispersion, and long distance coordination in both goods and services industries using the Global Value Chains framework, an industry-centric view of economic globalization that highlights the linkages between economic actors and across geographic space.
Globalization Metrics and Measurements
IPC researchers are engaged in efforts by national and international data collection agencies to improve the data resources available for the study of economic globalization and global value chains.
Tim Sturgeon of the IPC and Clair Brown of Berkeley published the 2010 National Organizations Survey that examines the relationship between job quality and the domestic and international sourcing of business functions by US firms. More...