Textile and Apparel Industries

Social Network Analysis of Global Value Chain: Focused on Fabric Cotton

  • Naan Ju (Hanyang University)
  • Hyun-Jung Lee (Hanyang University)
  • Jisoo Park (Seoul National University)
  • Kyu-Hye Lee (Hanyang University)


Companies try to establishing optimal production networks that can perform all stages of production activities at competitive cost and quality around the world. In this study, we try to determine the structure of the global value chain in the apparel industry using social network analysis. Data for analysis were created a matrix using 2005 and 2015 trade data about the top 10 trading partners in the import and export countries of cotton fabric (hs code 5208, 5209). China was the largest exporting country. Comparing the betweenness centrality and closeness centrality of exports of cotton fabrics, India and China are playing their role as mediating countries. Vietnamese cotton imports have increased significantly. The role of mediators in the importation of cotton fiber was continued by China, the United States, and European countries. We identified the part of the fashion industry structure by investigating the international trade patterns of cotton fabric.

How to Cite:

Ju, N., Lee, H., Park, J. & Lee, K., (2017) “Social Network Analysis of Global Value Chain: Focused on Fabric Cotton”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 74(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2017
Peer Reviewed