North Carolina in the Global Economy: The Workforce Development Challenge (2013-2014)

Using a global value chain approach, this team developed a comprehensive website on North Carolina's emerging workforce challenge, using information drawn from both secondary sources and direct contact with companies located in the state's most significant industries, and draw implications for education and economic competitiveness in the state. Students looked at the seven industries on the North Carolina in the Global Economy website and assisted in updating the content of the website.



Team Outcomes

Furnishing a Globalized World: Local Distinctiveness in the International Furniture Industry (honors thesis by Alexandra Schwartz; winner of ICS Distinguished Thesis Prize 2015)

This Team in the News

Three Bass Connections Participants Named Fulbright Scholars

The State's Changing Economy

Panel to Discuss State of NC Economy April 21 at Duke

This project team was originally part of the Education & Human Development theme of Bass Connections, which ended in 2022. 

Team Leaders

  • Lukas Brun, Social Science Research Institute-Global Value Chains Center
  • Gary Gereffi, Arts & Sciences-Sociology

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Dominique Beaudry, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • John Bowman, Environmental Sci/Policy (AB), Economics (BS2)
  • Sean Clark, Economics (AB)
  • Hannah Goranson
  • Connor Gordon, Computer Science (BS)
  • Leah Nash
  • Ankit Prasad, Biology (BS)
  • Alexandra Schwartz, Int Comparative Studies (AB)