Florence Palpacuer has conducted research on the rise of global value chains (GVCs) and their social and developmental implications over the last 15 years, particularly in global clothing and selected food chains. Her recent research in this area has focused on transnational social movements and multi-stakeholder initiatives addressing issues of social responsibility and corporate accountability with regard to work conditions in a global context.
Since the mid-2000s, she has developed another line of research on corporate financialization and changing patterns of human resource management and social relations in large multinational corporations in France, including new forms of lay offs, work pressures, and workers resistance to corporate downsizing.
More recently, she has started to investigate entrepreneurial dynamics of social innovation and the rise of value chains dedicated to sustainable development outcomes. Her research is conducted in a critical management perspective aiming to analyse power relations and their social and societal implications in managerial contexts.