Three Essays on Standards, Governance and Structural Change in the Peruvian Alpaca Fibre Value Chain

UoM administered thesis: Master of Philosophy

  • Authors:
  • Vajk Lukacs De Pereny Martens


Abundant literature has been generated by theoretically and empirically grounded Global Value Chain (GVC) studies covering the fundamental concepts of governance, upgrading and distribution of rents. Using the Peruvian alpaca fibre chain as case study, the three papers composing this thesis independently tackle these research themes as follows: (i) Paper One explores the impact of political and economic competition for rents on structural change in commodity chains; (i) Paper Two introduces the concept of organizational upgrading and asks how it stems from standardization in commodity chains, and; (iii) Paper Three explains how standardization influences governance dynamics in commodity chains. The three papers are analytically fixed on actors and institutions at the national level of the commodity chain. Theoretical and conceptual contributions stemming from these papers advance our understanding on commodity chain research in the developing world.


Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Marcela Miozzo (Supervisor)
Award date1 Aug 2015