Our research focus area on Value Chain & Partnerships is concerned with corporate social responsibility, triple helix management, and agribusiness development/food security

Global Value Chains (GVC) are the network vehicles through which most of international trade takes place. GVC adds value, creates employment and offers effective opportunities for achieving higher levels of sustainability in the economy. Insertion into these GVCs is, especially for low economy countries, a condition for development.

Over the past decades, the production processes that bring along goods and services have transformed significantly. Once they were produced within one factory and country, now their production has segmented and taking place in dispersed locations around the globe. The global or regional value chains that are the result from this process offer national economies the opportunity to specialize on individual stages. However, the extent to which participation in global value chains positively contributes to domestic development goals depends, on the one hand, on business strategies, and on conditions under which domestic industry and farming can participate in these chains on the other.

MSM’s Value Chain & Partnerships research addresses inter alia subjects such as Success factors for community business wildlife tourism partnerships in Tanzania. Dairy clustering in Kenya: digging deeper inside Africa’s Agricultural, Food and Nutrition Dynamics. The triple Helix as a Model for Economic Development.

Value Chain and Partnerships Research and Publications

Ethiopia and the Belt & Road Initiative. A case study on the impact of Chinese investments on the industrialization of Ethiopia
Van Wijk, J. (2021). Ethiopia and the Belt & Road Initiative. A case study on the impact of Chinese investments on the industrialization of Ethiopia. In: M. Amineh (ed). The Political Economy of the Belt & Road Initiative. Routledge, forthcoming.  

Challenges in Building Robust Interventions in Contexts of Poverty: Insights from an NGO-driven multi-stakeholder network in Ethiopia
Van Wijk, J.M., van Wijk, J., Drost, S. & Stam, W. (2020). Challenges in Building Robust 
Interventions in Contexts of Poverty: Insights from an NGO-driven multi-stakeholder network in Ethiopia. Organization Studies, 41 (10: 1391-1415.  https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0170840619878468 

Smart Eco-Cities Are Managing Information Flows in an Integrated Way: The Example of Water, Electricity and Solid Waste
van Dijk, M. P. (2018). Smart Eco-Cities Are Managing Information Flows in an Integrated Way: The Example of Water, Electricity and Solid Waste. In M. Dastbaz, W. Naudé & J. Manoochehri (Eds.), Smart Futures, Challenges of Urbanisation, and Social Sustainability (pp. 149-168). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74549-7_9

The Triple Helix as a Model for Economic Development: A Background Paper
Gatune Kariuki, J., de Boer, D., & Mudde, H. (2018). The Triple Helix as a Model for Economic Development: A Background Paper (MSM Working Paper No. 2018/04). Available at: https://www.msm.nl/IManager/MediaLink/935/104441/19923/0/

Credibility of institutions in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), effects of government policies on real estate developers
Mengistu, F., & van Dijk, M. P. (2018). Credibility of institutions in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), effects of government policies on real estate developers. Land Use Policy, 79, 913-921. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.12.031

Analysis of the Home Décor & Home Textiles Handicrafts Value Chain in Bangladesh
van Wijk, J. (2018). Analysis of the Home Décor & Home Textiles Handicrafts Value Chain in Bangladesh. Utrecht, Netherlands: Fair & Sustainable Consulting.

Value Chain Selection Study on Egypt, Guinea, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Uganda
van Wijk, J., Meerns, A., & van der Linden, V. (2018). Value Chain Selection Study on Egypt, Guinea, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Uganda. Utrecht, Netherlands: Fair & Sustainable Consulting.

Emission Trading Schemes in China and the European Union, Achievements and Challenges
Zhang, M., Liu, Z., Jin, W., & van Dijk, M. P. (2018). Emission Trading Schemes in China and the European Union, Achievements and Challenges. Low Carbon Economy, 9, 33-44. doi: https://doi.org/10.4236/lce.2018.91003

Voluntary agreements to achieve energy efficiency, a comparison between China and The Netherlands
Zhang, M., Li, H., Jin, W., ter Avest, E., & van Dijk, M. P. (2018). Voluntary agreements to achieve energy efficiency, a comparison between China and The Netherlands. Energy & Environment, 29(6), 989-1003. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0958305X18765265

Smart Eco Cities, Managing Information Flows in an Integrated Way, the Example of Solid Waste and Waste Water
van Dijk, M. P. (2017). Smart Eco Cities, Managing Information Flows in an Integrated Way, the Example of Solid Waste and Waste Water. International Journal of Waste Resources, 7(2), 111. doi: https://doi.org/10.4172/2252-5211.1000e111

The political economy of water, pricing in Palestine and how to create incentives for cost recovery
van Dijk, M. P. (2017). The political economy of water, pricing in Palestine and how to create incentives for cost recovery. International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, 16(1-3), 106-118. doi: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJGENVI.2017.083433

Regulatory environment for private sector involvement in solid waste collection in Ghana
Oduro-Kwarteng, S., & van Dijk, M. P. (2017). Regulatory environment for private sector involvement in solid waste collection in Ghana. International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, 20(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJEWM.2017.086026

Adoption of voluntary approach: Can voluntary approach generate collective impacts for China achieving ambitious energy efficiency targets?
Zhang, M., Cui, Y., ter Avest, E., & van Dijk, M. P. (2017). Adoption of voluntary approach: Can voluntary approach generate collective impacts for China achieving ambitious energy efficiency targets?. Energy & Environment, 29(2), 281-299. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0958305X17744491

Success Factors For Community Business Wildlife Tourism Partnerships in Tanzania
de Boer, D., & van Dijk, M. (2016). Success Factors For Community Business Wildlife Tourism Partnerships in Tanzania. European Journal of Development Research, 1-16.

The Silk Road and Chinese interests in Central Asia and the Caucasus: the case of Georgia
van Dijk, M. P., & Martens, P. (2016). The Silk Road and Chinese interests in Central Asia and the Caucasus: the case of Georgia (MSM Working Paper No. 2016/12). Available at: https://www.msm.nl/IManager/MediaLink/935/95931/17007/1939541/

The diffusion of global multi-stakeholder sustainability standards: an assessment of the institutional fit of the ASC-shrimp standard in Indonesia
Schouten, G., Vellema, S., & van Wijk, J. (2016). The diffusion of global multi-stakeholder sustainability standards: an assessment of the institutional fit of the ASC-shrimp standard in Indonesia. RAE: Revista de Administração de Empresas, 56(4), 411-423.

The diffusion of global multi-stakeholder sustainability standards: an assessment of the institutional fit of the ASC-shrimp standard in Indonesia
Schouten, G., Vellema, S., & van Wijk, J. (2016). The diffusion of global multi-stakeholder sustainability standards: an assessment of the institutional fit of the ASC-shrimp standard in Indonesia. Journal of Cleaner Production, 107, 105-113.

Partnerships intervening in global food chains: the emergence of co-creation in standard-setting and certification
Vellema, S., & van Wijk, J. (2015). Partnerships intervening in global food chains: the emergence of co-creation in standard-setting and certification. Journal of Cleaner Production, 107, 105-113.

Dairy clustering in Kenya
de Boer, D., & Langat, J. (2014). Dairy clustering in Kenya. In A. Akinyoade, W. Klaver, S. Soeters & D. Foeken (Eds.), Digging Deeper: Inside Africa’s Agricultural, Food and Nutrition Dynamics (pp. 111-134). Leiden, Netherlands: Brill.

Including conflict-affected youth in agri-food chains: agribusiness in northern Uganda
Drost, S., van Wijk, J., & de Boer, D. (2014). Including conflict-affected youth in agri-food chains: agribusiness in northern Uganda. Conflict, Security & Development, 14(2). doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/14678802.2014.902188

Multinational enterprises and sustainability standards: Using a partnering-intensity continuum to classify their interactions
Schouten, G., Vellema, S., & van Wijk, J. (2014). Multinational enterprises and sustainability standards: Using a partnering-intensity continuum to classify their interactions. In R. van Tulder, A. Verbeke & R.
Strange (Eds.), International Business and Sustainable Development. Progress in International Business Research.: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Arriving at sustainability: The NEH-Philippines banana value chain
van Wijk, J., Drost, S., & de Waal, A. (2014, December). Arriving at sustainability: The NEH-Philippines banana value chain. Presented at the Workshop on ‘Partnering for inclusive and sustainable global agri-food chains. In search of the value-added of multi-stakeholder collaboration in food provision’, RSM - Erasmus University Rotterdam, 3 December 2014, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Multi-sector partnerships for sustainable business development in Indonesia: the role of higher education
Mudde, H., Indrawan, D., & Fahmi, I. (2013). Multi-sector partnerships for sustainable business development in Indonesia: the role of higher education (MSM Working Paper No. 2013/01). Available at: https://www.msm.nl/IManager/MediaLink/935/95931/16959/1939531/

Business-community partnerships: The link for sustainable local development
de Boer, D., & Tarimo, L. (2012). Business-community partnerships: The link for sustainable local development. In M.P. van Dijk & J. Trienekens (Eds.), Global Value Chains : Linking Local Producers from Developing Countries to International Markets (pp. 165-200). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press. doi: https://doi.org/10.26530/OAPEN_408877

The Bottom of the Pyramid and the Private Sector
de Boer, D., van der Linden, V., & Tuninga, R. (2012). The Bottom of the Pyramid and the Private Sector. In M.P. van Dijk & J. Trienekens (Eds.), Global Value Chains : Linking Local Producers from Developing Countries to International Markets (pp. 31-42). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press. doi: https://doi.org/10.26530/OAPEN_408877

New Light on Chinese enterprises in Africa
van Dijk, M. P., & Warmerdam, W. (2012). New Light on Chinese enterprises in Africa: Findings from a recent survey of Chinese Firms in Kampala, the capital of Uganda (MSM Working Paper No. 2012/53). Available at: https://www.msm.nl/IManager/MediaLink/935/95931/16957/1939529/

Beer multinationals supporting Africa's development? How partnerships include smallholders into sorghum-beer supply chains
van Wijk, J., & Kwakkenbos, H. (2012). Beer multinationals supporting Africa's development? How partnerships include smallholders into sorghum-beer supply chains. In Van Dijk, M.P. and Trienekens, J. (Eds.), Global Value Chains. Linking Local Producers from Developing Countries to International Markets (pp. 71-88). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press.

Corporate Social Responsibility in the tour operating industry: The case of Dutch outbound tour operators
van de Mosselaer, F., van der Duim, R., & van Wijk, J. (2012). Corporate Social Responsibility in the tour operating industry: The case of Dutch outbound tour operators. In D. Leslie (Ed.), Tourism enterprises and the sustainability agenda across Europe (pp. 71-92). London, UK: Ashgate.

Partnering to facilitate smallholder inclusion in value chains
Bitzer, V., van Wijk, J., Helmsing, B., & van der Linden, V. (2011). Partnering to facilitate smallholder inclusion in value chains. In B. Helmsing and S. Vellema (Ed.), Value Chains, Social Inclusion and Economic Development. Contrasting Theories and Realities (pp. 222-246).: Routledge.

Business-community partnerships: The link with sustainable local tourism development in Tanzania?
de Boer, D., van Dijk, M. P., & Tarimo, L. (2011). Business-community partnerships: The link with sustainable local tourism development in Tanzania?. Tourism and Management Studies, 7, 75-90.

DBA Research

Application of national competitiveness models in Africa : Assessing the competitiveness of the cut flower sector in Kenya
Mitiambo, Peter Maangi (2018)

Value chain competitiveness analysis of key issues, constraints and opportunities of small-scale semi-precious stones (gemstones) mining value chain in the Erongo region of Namibia
Nyaungwa, Daniel Fungayi (2018)

Managing Africa's regional transport infrastructure programmes: Partnerships and performance
Lisinge, Robert Tama (2017)

Impact of managed chains on the production of their small-scale suppliers in a developing island economy
Monnaie, Bernard Francois (2017)

merging markets : A case study of Egypt
Badawoud, Taghreed H. (2016)

Can regulation reduce the resource curse risk? : The case study of gold value chain actors in Tanzania
Mziray, Mboni, Sheila (2016)

Corporate social responsibility in Kazakhstan : An analysis of the perspectives of key actors
Baisakalova, A. (2015)

Escaping the resource curse through partnerships: The case of Zambia
Munkumba, Michael Dynamite Benson (2014) 

Realizing the potential of potato in Kenya : The role of upgrading and governance in the potato value chain
Gichuru, Joseph Wang'ombe (2013)

Enabling service innovation based on emotional intellegence and partnership's collaboration : The case of ICT service firms in Egypt
Botros, Kamal Wagdi (2012)

Accelerating the adoption of electronic government through public-private partnership : The case of Indonesia in search of workable business models and mutual benefit arrangements between government and private sectors
Indrajit, Richardus Eko (2007)

*DBA Research available upon request