Tim Sturgeon
O: Global Value Chains

Timothy J. Sturgeon is Senior Researcher at MIT’s Industrial Performance Center. His research focuses on the process of global integration, with an emphasis on offshoring and outsourcing practices in the electronics, automotive, and services industries. He has made significant contributions to Global Value Chain (GVC) theory, is working to improve the metrics and methods available for globalization research, and is currently exploring the relationship between the adoption of digital technologies and work in multiple countries. His work explores the implications — for employment, industrial development, technological learning, and policy — of deepening GVC linkages between industrialized and developing economies. Tim works actively with the policymakers in international development agencies, industrialized countries, and developing countries to disseminate his insights and collaborate on actionable, effective policy responses to global integration. Tim’s latest book, with D. Hugh Whittaker, Toshie Okita, and Tianbiao Zhu, is Compressed Development: Time and Timing in Economic and Social Development, published by Oxford University Press in September 2020. Tim is co-editor (with Momoko Kawakami) of Local Learning in Global Value Chains: Experiences from East Asia, published by Palgrave Macmillan, and has published his research in international peer-reviewed journals including Studies in Comparative International Development, Industrial and Corporate Change, Review of International Political Economy, Journal of East Asian Studies, and Journal of Economic Geography.

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