Value Chain Mapping & Capability Audit :

Value Chain Maps & Capability Audits are effective instruments for regions, cluster managers and network coordinators in their efforts to advance through dialogue with business, coalition building, transfer and exchange of knowledge. Mapping global value chain (GVCs) can assist government and business in multiple ways – from capability audit, to identifying new opportunities for growth, developing innovation and investment strategies, supporting value chain upgrade decisions, or identifying skills gaps and developing foresight.


Mapping cross-sectoral and cross-regional value chains for emerging sectors, technologies and thematic prototypes enhance the knowledge of regional stakeholders of their own capabilities and prepares them for inter-regional collaboration.


Value Chain Mapping & Capability Audit

  • Collaborative model of governance
  • Multi-stakeholder engagement for the selection of smart specialisation strategies and development of implementation plans
  • Dialogue around the challenges for growth and internationalisation
  • Critical understanding of skills gaps and entrepreneurial potential
  • Production of evidence of concentration of regional and industry capabilities in strategic groups of firms – as flagship resources and evidence of critical mass
  • Detection of relevant linkages and flows of goods, services and knowledge, revealing possible patterns and pathways of product and service integration with partner regions and firms
  • To reveal synergies and complementarities across sectors and segments of the regional economy
  • Visualisation of emerging business opportunities and input-output market relationships
  • Understanding of supply chain linkages and potential for R&D partnerships
  • Strategic value chain optimisation, aiming to exploit upstream economies of scale, downstream economies of scope and how to minimise coordination costs
  • Leveraging core assets and synergies from multi-product and multi-technology operations
  • Facilitated input-output market relationships and fostering inter-regional collaborations through match-making
  • Learning from foreign market activities and inter-regional collaborations for enhanced absorptive capacity of local firms

GVC mapping is an enabler in the policy implementation process, collecting evidence both for the supply and the demand side in a region, and identifying the lead business actors that can drive the value chain integration.

The BCNED methodology for value chain mapping is based on the use of comprehensive dataset of firms including local SMEs, multinational enterprises and foreign subsidiaries. Extensive firm datasets enable the identification of industry segments and boundaries, and critical mass of capabilities at regional and national level. The mapping uses a portfolio of complementary analytical techniques, exploring inter-industry relationships and strategic value chain groups.