Dimensions of Competitiveness

Dimensions of Competitiveness : Issues and Policies

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Competitiveness is one of the key themes in the current debate about national economic performance. A vast array of statistical data is usually assembled by national governments to demonstrate a closing or widening of productivity or trade `gaps' with other countries or groups of countries. The authors of this book argue that far too little attention has been paid to the often subtle, but highly significant, organisational and cultural characteristics which underpin production and trade in a globalised economy. Dimensions of Competitiveness suggests that awareness of the impacts of this neglected dimension of competitiveness can, together with appropriate corrective action, significantly improve corporate and national performance. While considering a variety of more conventional dimensions of international competitiveness, the authors challenge many established tenets. A number of policy prescriptions are outlined as a result. Attention is also paid to some of the key distributive and infrastructural roles in enhancing international competitiveness including facilitating labour and capital mobility and providing efficient transport systems.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 392 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 31.75mm | 725.75g
  • Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
  • Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1840645687
  • 9781840645682

Table of contents

Contents: Preface by Ross E. Catterall Introduction: Conceptual Issues and International Competitiveness Part I: Organisational and Cross-Cultural Issues in International Competitiveness Part II: Financial, Productive and Distributive Issues in International Competitiveness Bibliography Indexshow more

About Lester Lloyd-Reason

Edited by Lester Lloyd-Reason, Professor of International Enterprise Strategy and Director, Centre for International Business, Ashcroft International Business School and Stuart Wall, former Professor of Economics and Head of Department, Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University, UKshow more

Review quote

`It can be seen that this well-produced book covers a big field and there will be something in it to interest most economists.' -- Graham Bannock, The Business Economist `This collection makes a considerable step beyond the theories of Ricardo and Krugman, probing the nitty-gritty of international competitiveness and its underlying determinants at the organisational level.' -- F.M. Scherer, Harvard University and Princeton University, US `Competitiveness is much discussed, but little understood. Scholarly empirical research on the topic is surprisingly rare. Understanding the connection between national culture, human resource management, industrial policy and the other dimensions of competitiveness requires an interdisciplinary perspective. Here at last is a good interdisciplinary collection of papers which provides significant insights into the determinants of national competitiveness within the modern global economy.' -- Mark Casson, University of Reading, UKshow more