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Doing some research on country competitiveness issues,resources, their quality and features as main drivers of nations prosperity.
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I am reading to find the difference between firms' competitiveness and competitive advantage, but these two look like same to me. Would please you suggest any reading materials where I can find the actual difference between the two.
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Competitiveness is how an organization positions or ranks in an industry; when compared with other firms in the same industry. As an example Toyota versus Ford might have the same degree of competitiveness or even market shares.
Competitive advantage is the firms internal strengths that provides or results in that specific degree of competiveness. As an example, supply chain structure might be the competitive advantage of Toyota while Ford might have the competitive advantage of affordabilitu.
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Hello, I am researching cost competitiveness of Croatian exporters by doing system-GMM in a panel of exporters, where y = exports of firm i in time t, and regressor of interest is x = unit labour cost (+ other controls are included in the equation).
What I am trying to do is estimate the impact of x on y for each two-digit NACE sector separately and see whether it differs across sectors. The problem is not estimating the equation, but testing whether the beta coefficients next to x differs between equations (differ for each sector). I can try doing the interaction term (x*dummy for sector), but this will lead to regressor proliferation and even worse instrument profileration within system-GMM, therefore is not acceptable.
In a nutshell, I want to estimate the impact of x on y for different samples, and compare the betas next to x - do they differ or not for each pair of equations. In each regression the ys are the same and all xs are the same - the only difference is in sample.
Thank you in advance.
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Typically in Stata, you can do a postestimation where you can compare the beta estimates in two models. Usually it works better for standard stata commands - but if my memory serves me right, System GMM command is user defined. Looking at the help may provide which post estimations work with the command.
A more cruder method but perhaps what you are looking for - is to take the two beta estimates, standard errors and the sample size and run a two sample t-test. Beta would be the mean and the standard error would be the sample standard deviation.
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Good morning! I am proposing a study that will investigate whether the significant difference between the competitiveness of local government units (LGUs) pre and mid-pandemic is moderated by their type (city or municipality). I tried exploring the Multigroup Analysis (MGA). I think I have to test a model (with dependent and independent variables) for the two groups and see whether there really is a significant difference on account of their category. However, what I have in mind is testing only "competitiveness" (represented by an index) before and during the pandemic and testing whether their "type" is a significant moderator. I tried doing this in the SmartPLS, but it wouldn't run because I don't have dependent and independent variables. I don't know if I just haven't explored the MGA correctly in the SmartPLS, or should I need another statistical test? Thank you in advance for your insights.
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In fact, it would be better to run an analysis of covariance, i.e. a regression:
mid-competitiveness = pre-competitivenes + Type of LGU.
If the Type of LGU is significant, this implies there is mediation.
For an ANCOVA in SPSS, see:
In attachment an R script.
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Hello! I am looking for a self-reported competitiveness scale for adults, for a study about competitiveness and mental health in athletes.
I came across:
-The competitive attitude scale (CAS): a multidimensional measure of competitiveness in adolescence
-The behavioral measure of competitiveness (BC)
-General self-reported competitiveness (SC)
I was wondering if anyone know how can I find the actual survey questions?
Also, if you are aware of a different scale that you think is better please let me know in the comments below.
Thanks in advance!
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Maybe the following publication will help you:
For more information be in touch with the authors directly.
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In the current world energy scenario, the shortage of energy carriers and the low energy efficiency of industrial processes in Latin America have sharpened productive competitiveness in this region. In this context, do you consider that Small Modular Reactors (SMR) can be an energy alternative for Latin American nations? Please argue your answer. I really appreciate your collaboration.
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They certainly can, especially for those Latinamerican countries which already have experience with conventional nuclear reactors (Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico). Their main advantage is that they already have nuclear technology infrastructure, and the implementation of this new concept will be more accessible. Nevertheless, other countries without this experience can still benefit from the SMR concept. They can be more easily adapted to their national grid than the large Nuclear Power Plants, and the safety and non-proliferation requirements are less complex. In my view, SMRs can be a good energy alternative for many developing nations.
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Small open economies face the challenge how to improve logistics system in order to stimulate international trade and national competitiveness.
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In my opinion, the use of ICT and Industry 4.0 information technologies to improve computerized e-logistics systems and increase the automation of logistics processes are factors in the improvement of logistics systems. In addition, shortening of international logistics chains of supply and sourcing and distribution increased its importance during the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) coronavirus pandemic.
Best wishes,
Dariusz Prokopowicz
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This study develops a model for students and graduates of Soft Skills, Hard Skills, and Competitiveness (SHC) and seeks user validation after the development process. The development process uses the Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (ADDIE) model. A quantitative survey using questionnaires and descriptive quantitative analysis was applied in obtaining user validation as the study objective. The development results validated the students' SHC Development model, which has 3 main phases, including Input, Process and Output. The Input phase comprises course content, SHC component, and strategy of students’ center approach. The Process phase consists of blended course design, instruction and students' engagement, and evaluation. The Output phase comprises soft and hard skills achievement, as well as students’ competitiveness level. Users perceived the model’s phases and components as wholly acceptable, appropriate, and applicable for implementation through curriculum, teaching, and learning at the university. This study contributes to graduate preparation for employability skills in the challenging and complex working environment in revolution industry 4.0.
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I am working on a study to verify the competitiveness of the ERP market in my region and I would like to know more about the impact of cloud computing for this market.
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Cloud computing or not ERP is good for large companies who wish to undertake process adaptations to implement standard processes and best practices. However cloud computing will take away the cost incurred to maintain a data center. Yet the cloud computing technology will make you pay a subscription which is an additional cost. So you need to see if maintaining a data center is more costly or having a cloud is more costly. By doing a good analysis yes you can find what works for you. There is no right or wrong in either of technologies
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Soft skills are skills needed by the global work market thus are practiced in learning activities and at work place include communication skills, IT Skills, numeracy skills, learning skills, problem solving skills and working with others.
Competitiveness refers to the eagerness and the effort of a person to apply, maintain, and improve and promote his/her soft skills and hard skills in his/work, task and learning consistently. Competitiveness categorized into three capacities; lifelong learning, entrepreneurship and employability. The level of competitiveness level was assumed to be affected by the level of his/her soft skills and hard skills.
How do you think the rationale behind the findings and please share to me some references, to be quoted in my paper. Thank you.
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Dear Prof. Hadiyanto!
You spotted a key point. I argue that in the future due to possible new pandemics soft skills are going to be even more important:
1) Green, C., Mynhier, L., Banfill, J. et al. Preparing education for the crises of tomorrow: A framework for adaptability. Int Rev Educ 66, 857–879 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11159-020-09878-3, Citation: "The key components of educational adaptability are: (1) cooperation, (2) inclusion, and (3) flexibility.", Open access:
2) A case-study from the USA: Heather Krasna et al. (2021).Labour market competition for public health graduates in the United States: A comparison of workforce taxonomies with job postings before and during the COVID‐19 pandemic, International Journal of Health Planning and Management, Early View, Special Report, 24 February 2021, Citation: "By more fully understanding this workforce, leaders can advocate to effectively harness the energy and commitment of new PHGs to contribute to EPHOs to heal our world.", Open access:
3) A case-study: Shintaro Sato et al. (2021). Graduate employability and higher education’s contributions to human resource development in sport business before and after COVID-19, Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education, Volume 28, June 2021, Open access:
4) Elisabeth Bennett, Rochell, R. McWhorter (2021). Virtual HRD’s Role in Crisis and the Post Covid-19 Professional Lifeworld: Accelerating Skills for Digital Transformation, Advances in Developing Human Resources, Volume 23, Issue 1, 2021, Available at:
5) Victoria Masterson (2021).The post-pandemic future of work - according to 3,000 CEOs from around the world, 15 February 2021, Citation: "Leadership – outperformers consistently show “decisive strategic leadership”, with 85% citing leadership as critical to business performance." © 2021 World Economic Forum, Open access:
Yours sincerely, Bulcsu Szekely
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What factors brought the euro value of the GBP from 1.5 euro in 2004 to 1.06 euro today?
A -41% loss, of the British Pound, that's a lot.
How could this happen?
Is it a cause a consequence of Brexit?
Does it reveal a weakness of the British Economy versus the Eurozone?
Is it an opportunity of increased competitiveness of UK, to export goods and services becoming cheaper if produced in the UK than in the Eurozone (UK vs Eurozone, comparable to Mexico vs USA?)
Your views?
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Teething problems are bound to occur soon after Brexit and I am not particularly worried by the weakness of the GB pound against the Euro.. Given the fact that billions of GB pounds have recently been negotiated and generated by the UK in new world economies, that the FTSE has gone up by 9 notches recently, that new world markets are currently being negotiated in New Zealand, the USA, Australia and the Pacific countries I am confident that the GB pound will recover handsomely. A word of caution. I am not an economist and do not profess expertise in high finance. The view expressed above is a layman's view based on what facts he knows of.
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  • How can place branding support sustainability and the sustainable development of cities and regions?
  • Is place branding a tool to achieve urban sustainable development, as well as tourism sustainability?
  • How could a sustainable city be affected by place branding?
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If the brand is green, and the company's goals are to support green production and provide environmental leadership in the organization, the brand can be turned green
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Dear peers!
I am running a research regarding Corporate Social Responsibility.
What do you think, how it is possible to prove that usage of CSR approach leads to increasing competitiveness of a company?
Thank you!
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Dear Pavlo Brin
There are two approaches towards creating a competitive advantage:
1. competitor centric
2. customer centric
The first one is conventional approach. But very successful companies like Amazon and many major Japanese companies take the second approach and have created vast blue oceans, i.e. they were able to create a competitive advantage that is not easily assailable. The second strategy or vision carries a deep understanding and inclusion of CSR. That shows CSR based strategies can be highly successful.
p.s. See Jehan’s article on EWS and CSR.
Prof. Dr. Shahzadah Nayyar Jehan
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Although current volumes are limited, E-Mobility is expected to grow in a big way. Primary questions on top of investor's mind are : Is this the right time to invest in E-Mobility? If so, where?
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I estimate the influence of some components of the global competitiveness index on the index itself for 12 countries over the period of 11 years. So, in my model I have N=12 and T=11, while the number of components is equal to 32. I am facing the situation when the only model, which provides acceptable test results for my data is the 1-step dynamic panel. In my model I use log differences of selected variable. Yes, it contains lagged dependent variables, but am worried if the presence of lagged dependent variables and the acceptable test results are enough to justify the selection of dynamic panel data model.
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Dear Murat,
I am more than pleased!
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hello, I work on export competitiveness. I have heterogeneous variables (percentages, indices and values), the objective of the research is to explain export competitiveness from these variables in order to make forecasts. from my readings I have noticed that the appropriate model for this issue is the ARDL model, whereas I have only 24 observations; I wonder if I have the right to use the ARDL model
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Time Series Regression with Stationary Variables: An Introduction to the ARDL Model
Czar Yobero
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I have collected data from tour operators (experts) to rate the competitiveness of the study area relative to alternative destinations they know. i administered them questionnaire consisting four components which in turn contain about 45 indicators on a 5-point Likert scale (1= Highly Noncompetitive to 5= Highly competitive). what kind of model or regression should I employ to analyze my data?
Thank you so much in advance
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Nice Dear David Morse
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Many enterprises are adopting different form of marketing dynamics to boost their competitiveness and keep them surviving in business.
Dynamic capacity is the enterprise’s ability to methodically solve the challenges of associated with the capacity to predict strengths or opportunities and threats, and be positive about its in-house factors for the purpose of establishing efficient market decisions to transform its resource base.
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The ability of companies to adopt a culture of change, to respond quickly to them, and to emphasize knowledge and creativity to ensure continued competitive advantage
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A government body performs an annual rating of schools. The rating is given a score (called performance rating). In addition, there are the PISA and TIMSS ranking and other global competitiveness ranking shows the education performance of the country. I want to test if there is an impact of the schools rating on those indicators. Does the improvement in the annual assessment scores (increase or decrease) impact the PISA, TIMSS and GCI ? Longitudinal analysis, but I am strutting to plug in the data in SPSS and to identify the test tool to use. I have 3 years schools assessment scores, the indicators results.
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Thank you Gregory, I have 224 schools, grade 8-12, been rated since 2011. I want to exam if the authority performance review is worth it and relevant to improving the country ranking.
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How could a logistics company offering customers services that they don't really need risks eroding profitability and competitiveness by adding unnecessary cost? Flexible and differentiated logistics service....could be an option?
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Yes, 'partisan logistics' can subvert the support and supply chains of the respective competitors in the field; exponential technologies are pointing to this flexible and intelligent delivery management.
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Places, spaces and cities. One of the greatest obstacles to achieving destination competitiveness is the challenge of marketing multi-attributed destinations in dynamic and heterogeneous markets.
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Sport marketing, especially sponsorship is of great importance since it is a part of a promotional mix that supports the interest of the company by associating it with a specific player, team or event. Moreover, sponsorship may be the major or only marketing effort for some companies whereby it is important to consider it as a powerful option when deciding upon marketing tools. The purpose of this thesis is therefore to provide a better understanding of sport marketing with great focus on sport sponsorship. In order to reach this purpose, the study provide a better understanding of sport marketing mix and a sport sponsorship as a most effective and most used tool( Bojan Jovanović,2014).
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The Bologna Process is an important process of harmonizing various systems of European higher education that has the objective to create a European Area of Higher Education and to promote the European system of higher education on a worldwide scale in order to increase its international competitiveness.
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Hi there,
Beware of the dog! The EHEA (Bologna process) is a structural change, not a pedagogical change (broadly speaking, it led to this dilema). If you want to change the institutions, ok, go ahead and buy it. If you want to increase the quality of the teaching-learning process, you should focus on people rather than the macro matrix. Good luck. May the education be with you! ;) (I did my PhD in relation to Bologna and approaches to teaching and learning. I have some papers about it in my profile, and a few in english).
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How far a country can change its ranking by changing its human capital scores? What would happen if a country made such drastic policy changes as to change its scores on human capital to be the best among all the economies covered by the WEF competitiveness report, all other things remaining constant?
And what would happen if the education and training system collapsed to the level of the worst country in the world? Which indicators we can use proxy to human capital ?
Is this way examine the role of human capital in enhancing GCI ?
thanks for cooperation
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Your question that countries if they can raise human capital scores can they improve their ranking letting other things remaining constant is very challenging to answer. Human capital is not only enhanced by 'education and training' but it is enhanced by the overall ecosystem that provides the necessary environment 'to perform labor and produce economic value'. There is not one factor (education and training) but all its inter-relationships that need to improved to deliver higher GCR ranking for a country.
We need to look at what is human capital. The definition of human capital is - Human capital is the stock of knowledge, habits, social and personality attributes, including creativity, embodied in the ability to perform labor so as to produce economic value (Claudia Goldin, Department of Economics Harvard University and National Bureau of Economic Research. "Human Capital" (PDF)). If this human capital is to be related then it can relate to 3 indicators on the GCR - 5th pillar, 9th pillar and 12th pillar. But does it actually relate to only these three is subject of deliberation and investigation.
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Hi everyone,
I have a sample of prices of products across different competitors. I am trying to compare the pricing across each one with the goal of looking, which company is significantly cheaper?
To compare the prices I have already ran independent t tests on the average price. But now I want to compare count data of competitiveness. Basically my data is as follows
Pa -- Pb --- Pc ---- A cheapest --- B ---- Cheapest --- C ---cheapest
5 -- 8 -- 9 --- TRUE -- FALSE --- FALSE
I then count all the TRUE/FALSES and I'll end up with a distribution for example of (N = 100)
A : 20
B: 40
C: 40
Which represent the number of counts company A/B/C is cheaper than its competitors.
Because I am drawing from a sample of a larger population I am wondering whether I can look for significant differences between these count data. Especially to test whether it deviates from an assumed distribution of 33/33/33 (companies are equally as competitive).
I am familiar with models such as the Poisson distribution, but because I am not looking to use any other explanatory variables to explain causal relations I am looking for a statistical technique to compare this data (aka to something like a t test)
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Subrata Chakraborty thank you, I think this is what I'm looking for, I knew it had to be something simple from my introductory stats course :-)
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I am looking for potential research collaborator(s) on following research topics:
  • Links between wellbeing and services industries – opportunities and challenges
  • Corporate social responsibility and customer wellbeing in service settings
  • Corporate social responsibility and employee wellbeing in service settings
  • Corporate social responsibility and community well-being in service settings
  • Corporate social responsibility and environmental wellbeing in service settings
  • The role of the service industries in facilitating value creation for consumer wellbeing
  • Examining wellbeing and quality of life issues within different cultures and service industries.
  • Establishing interrelationships among competitiveness, issues of sustainability, consumer, and societal well-being
  • Impacts of service activities on consumers’ subjective wellbeing
  • Development of wellbeing and quality of life indicators for service industries
  • Replication and validation of wellbeing indexes in service settings
  • Case studies and best practices of wellbeing and quality of life measures in service settings
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I am Interested !
It is one of the research area I worked on in my MS dissertation. Well being and CRM.
I guess we work in same University. It would be nice to collaborate in one of the research area after discussion.
Kind regards,
Shams
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My question stems from an idea that those who experience disadvantage in host nations would have fared better in their home nation education systems, which focus on improving the home nation as opposed to focusing on global competitiveness, which is the developing trend in the UK education system (Bold Beginnings, OSFTED, 2017). The issues affecting the Global South could be used to help understand the issues facing the Global North.
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Many, many thanks
I.will write to you during the weekend as I.find english writing difficult.
I am.chilean.and did my Ph.D.in.London but 20'years ago.
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May peace and blessing upon you,
Dear friends,
Do you know what is the command that I should write in Stata when I test the effects of global competitiveness index of approximate 140 countries on China's FDI?
Thank you very much?
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Peace be to you.
I would have loved to help you, but do not know enough of the subject.
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Both the European Foundation for Quality Management and the International Standards Organisation have quality standard frameworks for enhancing the business practices of outward-looking export-oriented SMEs. Are they competing frameworks? Am interested in uncovering the pros and cons of these two frameworks? 
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Please refer to,
. Z. A. Al-Hemyari and A. M. Al-Sarmi (2016). A Framework for Fostering the Quality of HEIs: Data Collection, Evaluation, Indication and Validation. Int. J. of Quality and Innovation, Vol.3, No.1, pp.42-66 (Inderscience).
. Duque, L.C. (2014) ‘A framework for analyzing higher education performance: Students' satisfaction, perceived learning outcomes, and dropout intentions’, Total Quality Management & Business Excellence, Vol.25 , No0.1-2, pp. 1-21.
. Dahlgaard-Park, Su, Mi, Chi-Kuang Chen, Jiun-Yi Jang and Jens Jörn Dahlgaard (2013) ‘Diagnosing and prognosticating the quality movement - a review on the 25 years quality literature (1987-2011)’, Total Quality Management and Business Excellence, Vol.24, No.1-2, pp. 1-18 [online]
. Arjomandi, M., Kestel, C. and Grimshaw, P. (2009) ‘An EFQM excellence model for higher education quality assessment’, Proceedings of the 20th AAEE Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference: Engineering the Curriculum, Australia, Adelaide University, South Australia, 6-9 December, 2009, pp.1-7[online]
.Becket, N. and Brookes, M. (2008) ‘Quality Management Practice in Higher Education – What quality are we actually enhancing?’, Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education, Vol. 7, No.1, pp. 40 – 54.
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Amaral, A. and Rosa, M. J. (2007) ‘A Self-Assessment of Higher Education Institutions
from the Perspective of the EFQM Excellence Model’, In D.F. Westerheijden, B. Stensaker and Rosa, M. J. (EDS), Quality Assurance in Higher Education. Trends in Regulation, Translation and Transformation,Vol.20, pp.181-207. Dordrecht: Springer.
Regards,
Zuhair
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I just having production and cost of production data of 2017, how can i say crop competitiveness between crops(means choice of tenant between crops) ?
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Dear Sunil
If you are comparing the competitiveness between tenants for the same crop you can compare them using a t-test statistic for the difference in mean (average) crop yield (produce per hectare).
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Hello Everyone...Hope you all will fine there...I need Global Competitiveness Report 2005-2006. Please Provide me. I will be thankful...
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I am trying to apply a framework where the outcome of regional competitiveness in terms of resource appropriation can be seen and so understand which capital addresses best the contribution to sustainable regional development. in this effort i need to know which indicator to use so it will show how a resource relates to indicators as a matter of resource significance. For example suggesting that forests contribute to regional well-being at a specific proportion which is greater than the other resources like i.e. agriculture means that the most greater contribution stems from forests and that should be our search for development. so i need to see which indicator is more appropriate to handle these issues. if anyone knows which is the relevant indicators please make suggestions.
thank you
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I would strongly recommend for performance sustainability under such conditions ...
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Though there are many factors affecting to the competitiveness , there are some critical factors , I would like to categorize them in order and educate concerned parties in Sri Lanka
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I used to research and consult for the garment industry 20 years ago.
bests,
Igor Gurkov
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Which economic indicators could b used for the evaluation of competitiveness of agricultural mechanization of two countries?
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Scientific publications related to the topic from the two particular countries. Patents. The percentage change in agricultural contributions to the country's GDP. The overall productivity of the agricultural sector for each country.
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What do you think about the relevance of the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report? Do you have any suggestions, objections...
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I totally agree with you Scott. This is a good way of thinking - what and for what it can be used and in what way. However, I am thinking that such generic models have significant impact on a particular destination (the ranking). We may be certain that, based on the rankings many other factors, necessary for the development of the destination and the improvement of the competitiveness, e.g. investment, depends on. It is not good for a destination to be ranked for many years on the bottom of the list in one region and that the model itself can not detail point out which are the key factors that make this position as "bad" one. What matters is that the final assessment of competitiveness should include, my opinion, tourists who rank the destination on the basis of an indicator's assessment - compared to other destinations (notably, it is not the only assessment needed)
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There are many literature on Supply Chain Managements in manufacturing and other services but hardly any on oil and gas. therefore I would appreciate any references or articles on what differentiate oil and gas industry supply chain from the rest. does it differ in emerging economies?  
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thanks for your insight, appreciated
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Is there a standard for measuring the quality of strategic decision?
Some recommend using a balanced scores card
I am looking for a new way to measure
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This video presents the idea of decision quality : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFV-lzIqfRA&t=559s
Could not find scientific background for this idea, but decision quality could be backed up by the criteria related to rational thinking.
Maybe there are some experts who can comment on this model?
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The concept of international competitiveness has two components. The first one addresses the issue of costs. If costs in a given country are low, then the country can export goods -cost competitiveness. If, however, country can export goods due to the image of its products have or due to their high quality and/ or technological or market specifics (even if these products are not cheaper than the rival goods), then we talk about non-price or qualitative competitiveness.
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hello,
i think the following articles can be helpful
Lall, S. (2001). Competitiveness indices and developing countries: an economic evaluation of the global competitiveness report. World development, 29(9), 1501-1525.‏
Frieden, J. A., & Rogowski, R. (1996). The impact of the international economy on national policies: An analytical overview. Internationalization and domestic politics, 25-47.‏
Freeman, C. (2004). Technological infrastructure and international competitiveness. Industrial and Corporate Change, 13(3), 541-569.‏
Windrum, P., & Tomlinson, M. (1999). Knowledge-intensive services and international competitiveness: a four country comparison. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 11(3), 391-408.‏
Halkos, G. E., & Tzeremes, N. G. (2007). International competitiveness in the ICT industry: Evaluating the performance of the top 50 companies. Global Economic Review, 36(2), 167-182.‏
Cho, D. S. (1994). A dynamic approach to international competitiveness: The case of Korea. Asia pacific business review, 1(1), 17-36.‏
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Dear friends, could you please share some methodologies for evaluating the competitiveness of universities? Which models can we use to do that? I would really appriciate links to those methodologies as well as short answers with only full names of them.
Thank you for your help!
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Besides concrete models, what about using KPI's (Key performance indicators) which you define by your researchbojective. Things like: How many applications per university places. How long do people need to find a job after graduating? How much do they earn in average. How many publications are published each year. How much money does a university has available per student. Besides that there are existing university rankings online, which you could take and aggregate.
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according to many authors in management and strategy's fields, innovation, research and development is a key resource for competitiveness and growth. But some scholars consider R&D as support function; however Hammer argues that main functions have to be core activities which bring added value to client and firm. other functions are considered support functions so they may be externalized to other parties.
"les fonctions de support logistique" described in Mintzberg's book in French: structure et dynamique des organisations (p. 49). goes in contrary of these theses of Hammer. is this point of view true or false? hopefully that business specialists and designers of structures answer us thoroughly.
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Much depends on the type of organisation and its domain. For R&D intensive organisations, it is a core function; for others it is a support function.
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More and more, in business, we have to deal with selfish, arrogant clients who always ask for more whitout giving nothing, does not care their providers and don't hesitate to fire them as a paper handkeshift.
The ain of this project is to understant midle and long term consequences of this attitude competitiveness of the firm managed like that.
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Perhaps Bob Sutton's new book "The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt" could be useful in thinking about this question?
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Over the years, Total Quality Management (TQM) has pervaded the thinking of many higher education managers. This concept is a product of the market ideologies of the 1980s and the corresponding managerialism, which went with them. In that respect are different opinions about TQM, some people see it as a way to achieve competitiveness and some others look it as a management style/fashion. Despite the special features of higher education as a set of activities based on the creation and dissemination of knowledge and understanding, does the rhetoric of TQM work in Higher Education (HE) context? I mean, is there evidence that it is really working? Why or Why Not?
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There are A quality assurance unit within each college in the universities. Evaluates teacher effectiveness by distributing questionnaires to students.
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Globally, there are over than 150 city ranking indices. Also, about 100 and more indicators of being assessed in the ranking. How do we decide to select the indicators? and what are the most significant indicators to be assessed for the livability and competitiveness analysis?
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The purpose of the ranking will determine what you have to look for. Why are you doing the research? Do you want to attract people to a particular city? Want to use it for town planning purposes? Is it to attract skilled personnel to a particular place? To know where to site corporate head-quarters? And so on.
Factors will also change with the demographics of the target market. Younger people want different things compared with the other end of the age spectrum. Need to do some exploratory research within the target market before you embark on the main study!
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Hello everyone, I would like to gather experiences of sustaining and developing a higher education institution to ensure its survival in the ever challenging globalized world. Lets take the worst case scenario- lack of funding, low number of enrollment, almost no governmental support and stiff competition from older and established institutions. How to ensure that the institution will survive?
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To specify funds for developing higher studies and Bachlor studies.
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Revealed comparative advantage, Net export trade and Export share of market are the most popular indices which are used for evaluating of competitiveness in international market
I would like to know can I unify these indices as a comprehensive index through fuzzy interference logic?
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I recommend you to use the method "MADM" involving G-AHP (or Taxonomy), ELECTRE and Shannon's Entropy.
But about the question you can apply with following strategies as indices:
  1. Growth
  2. Productivity
  3. Development
These are the main indices which can be used for comparative advantage, Net export trade and Export share of market and also for evaluating of competitiveness in international market as the most popular indices. 
for more information you can read the book titled "Strategy Focused Organization" written by Norton and Kaplan which has been translated in Persian and exists in the Book Shops.
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Merger and acquisitions in the banking sector of Ethiopia seems a new path to be followed by the government with the basic aim of ensuring a robust banking and financial system. In addition, it's expected that merger between local banks could enable to enhance the  competitive position of banks when  the foreign banks are allowed to operate in the country. but dues merger could guarantee the strength of a financial system? 
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Bank mergers have their advantages and disadvantages. Larger banks may operate more efficiently (economies of scale) and may therefore supply their services at lower cost. Also, a merged bank can be less risky (if the merging banks have sufficiently different risk exposure).
On the negative side, larger banks may have market power which they can exploit by charging higher spreads and higher fees. There is also the "too-big-to-fail" problem - a large bank in trouble may have to be bailed out by the government because a default of the bank has severe adverse consequences for the real economy.
All in all, there is no simple "yes or no" answer to your question, and I do not know enough about your country to weight the arguments appropriately.
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Good day.
Maybe you have a remote participation in the conference?
My specialization is the competitiveness of farms, which are mainly engaged in the cultivation of cereals and technical crops.
Also, what is the cost of participating in the conference?
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You are welcome Dear Malhotra, 
Best regards.
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The extent to which global value chains can aid economic development in LDCs
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Global value chains make the resources available at reasonable cost and thus contribute for economic development of LDCs.
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Dear Anders,
Great project! Have you considered measuring the economic parameters  to assess the impact on the supply chain. I would think that for the circular economy of mobile phone to be adopted by the stakeholders (manufacturers and the rest of the supply chain) who makes a living out of it, the impact and changes required need to assess. Ideally it would minimise the material's waste without reducing distribution of economic value, while creating new intermediaries in the value chain (IP content distributor, 3D printing shops etc etc) Just a thought.
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I agree with Prem Nath Panday on the need to share supply-chain oriented indicators that look at the three pillars of sustainability in order to avoid single-firm sub-optimizations. This is especially critical for reverse logistics and e-waste recycling/recovery. Having a supply-chain management view can also help prevent illegal exports of e-waste to developing countries and ensure a proper treatment of components that have toxic substances within them. 
Building on what Kizito Muribu said, I would argue that the proximity doesn't need to be necessarily physical but most importantly informational. Do the actors in the supply chain have access to information about the waste streams that allows them to make the right decision at the right price? To exemplify, Recopart is a company that has created a platform that connects car dismantlers, insurance providers and workshops. This gives transparency of flows and costs in the supply chain (in this case, of car dismantling). If you want to know more, have a look at their website (in Swedish, but you can change the language through Chrome browser): http://www.recopart.com/sv/ 
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I mean that what parameters should be considered by SME's managers?and what moderators effect on the intensifying of these drivers?
thanks in advanced 
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many of today's value chain interventions have generally been unsuccessful in sustaining competitiveness in developing countries' value chains despite claims to the contrary by proponents of the value chain strategy.
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Thank you Arthur. We are better off understanding the 'political economy' constraints in African countries' value chains.
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Hi someone has info regarding software development productivity index. How I know my team productivity against another team or company?
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You might find our research publications intresting
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I am researching a Business problem for my dissertation identifying gaps between Global Supply Chain and Global Environmental/Sustainability compliance. My overall goal is to intertwine Business Management principles with Environmental and Sustainability Management principles and how they interact and influence each other.
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The ability to measure what KPIs accurately identify interactions within supply chain networks to track environmental impacts on stakeholders becomes a critical Green Supply Chain Management Tool. Based on my initial research I identified the following Environmental Supply Chain KPIs:
Internal Drivers:
  1. Cost Reduction
  2. Corporate Social Responsibility
Market Drivers:
  1. Consumer Demand
Legal Drivers:
  1. Current and future environmental regulations nationally and internationally
Lagging Drivers:
  1. Company Reputation
  2. Risk Avoidance 
KPI Critical Path = Cost Reduction>Customer Demand>Current and Future Regulations>Risk Avoidance
Once measured how do you quantify KPI measurements and how does it translate along the Critical Path? Has any organization successfully done it and if so has it been published? As Multinational Organizations strive to develop best in Class Practices in Sustainability how can you validate it's true worth? How can you identify the effort as window dressing, benchmarking or Best Environmental Management Practices (BEMPs) based on the data? 
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Its very true that SR disclosures are important for manufacturing SMEs too. According to literature, numerous problems are listed for SMEs to implement SR such as: money, resources, awareness, knowledge and administrative support. Apart from all arguments, we comprehend GRI disclosures for manufacturing SMEs we found that there are some indicators which are important but SMEs can't consider them into their Sustainability reports such as
EC2: climate change risk
G4-EN7 Energy reductions in products and services
G4-EN20 Ozone-depleting substances (ODS)
G4-EN34 Environmental grievances
G4-LA15 Negative impacts for labor practices in the supply chain
G4-HR1 Investment agreements and contracts that include human rights clauses or underwent screening
G4-HR4 Significant risk of freedom of association in operations and suppliers
G4-HR12 Grievances about human rights impacts
G4-SO3 Risks related to corruption
G4-SO4 Communications and training on anti-corruption
G4-SO5 Confirmed incidents of corruption
G4-SO6 Political contributions
G4-SO7 Anti-competitive behavior
G4-SO11 Grievances about impacts on society
G4-PR2 Non-compliance concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services
G4-PR4 Non-compliance with regulations concerning product and service labeling
G4-PR6 Sale of banned or disputed products
Listing few of the indicators from exhaustive list of 102 specific disclosures of GRI G4 for manufacturing SMEs. 
Any suggestions..
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You raise an actual topic, in which you need professional comrades-in-arms.
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I am looking for contributions on how values creep into indices like GDP, GPI, ISEW, etc. Any suggestions? With thanks in advance!
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I think Kates and others are well-known and well-cited:
What is sustainable development? Goals, indicators, values, and practice
Kates W. Robert , Thomas M. Parris & Anthony A. Leiserowitz
Published online: 02 Aug 2012
And, perhaps, this one?
Meta-performance evaluation of sustainability indicators
T. B. Ramos a, Sandra Caeiro
There's also Global urban indicators database from the UN Habitat -  I recall it's not a good comparison but definitely an overview:
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Is someone currently carrying out research on the franchise in catering market? Italy, Spain, German?
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I'm interested in all about franchising. I'm in the process of writing the book about franchising in the catering industry in Poland, but also I would like to introduce as develops franchise in catering in other European countries.
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Late studies of the franchise sectors have shown that the franchisees contribute highly to maintain the competitiveness of the franchise brand. 
Do you have evidence of any other factors that promote innovation within the franchise sector? And of these innovations are more in the product, service provided, production, logistics, image, etc?
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I would suggest you look at the concept of organicity as developed by Khandwalla (1977) (https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0ahUKEwinivL-2_bQAhWaHsAKHUfaC2EQFggaMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fbooks.google.com%2Fbooks%2Fabout%2FThe_design_of_organizations.html%3Fid%3DdwO3AAAAIAAJ&usg=AFQjCNGJ9Uxa0w0VZl_Nv6FlXx4-rKL7xQ&sig2=1cHGYHJpMHF-hTMSb6whrQ&bvm=bv.141536425,d.ZGg) and measured by Covin and Slevin (1988) (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-6486.1988.tb00033.x/abstract).  You would have to modify it slightly to account for the franchisor-franchisee relationship being a bit different from a CEO-manager relationship, but it would still fit your research question really well.  The Entrepreneurial Orientation (EO) concept (Covin & Slevin again) also seems like it'd be relevant to your project.  Good luck!
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I study the strategy of a company, plaing in a market with a lot of newcommers. Is there any accepted methods or approaches to measure competitiveness of a new player in the market? Any related works would be very much appreciated.
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Market share would be a good indicator. Analyze the market share percentages by other players in the market before the entry of the new player then analyze how much the addition of the new player changes the dynamics of ratios of the market shares and how much of the market share the new player grabs.
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I planned to use firm competitiveness as one of the core variables in my research. However, I am still confused regarding the measurement of this variable using data from published annual reports (secondary data).  
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@Charafeddine Krouchi , the first step to measure firm competitiveness, is identifying the stream of literature about competitiveness and what is your main focus. Once you did, then you will look for those variable and using secondary data sources. 
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 On my research analysis am looking for more recent and applicable theories that can be apply to evaluate factors that influence correlation between labor turn over and performance of telecommunication industry.
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You might be interested in the attached papers on labour turnover.
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I'm looking at measuring the impact of competition upon adolecent school children's in physical education. 
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Hi Connor, 
That is an intriguing question, given that the focus of competitiveness questionnaires tends to be on motivation rather than enjoyment. Tthe Sport Orientation Questionnaire does have some items that tap enjoyment of competition, but I don't know how widely it has been used with adolescents. 
regards
Christian
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According to tradeoff between root size and yield(when water is scarce and root size represents individual competitiveness), breeding for smaller root might enhance yield, so I am interested in those genes and have investigaed severeal genes in rice or maize that reduce crown root number and thus total root size (CRL1/ARL1 gene in rice, RTCS gene in maize), but I'm not sure if their RNAi transgenic plants could gain a higher yield. How should I differentiate genes that could enhance yield at the same time? 
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Here are some of the newest improvements of rice yield.
About roots:
Regards,
Joachim
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Beside RCA, it is good or not to use Porter's five forces analysis to employ in a thesis??   
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In attachment you can find an paper which explains how I measured the competitiveness based on innovativeness in IT sector.
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Notwithstanding the limitation of Brexit, how can Caribbean States and Business firms achieve their current objective of Global Competitiveness ?
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Congrats Mr. Krishna for placing very interesting and relevant issue on the discussion table. Very good. It's challenging, but not impossible to achieve the goal. 
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My model suggests that Ecological Responsiveness in an organisation can result in corporate entrepreneurship. This relationship is moderated by the motive based moderating variables of Competitiveness, Social responsibility and legitimacy. How do I measure "Corporate Entrepreneurship"?
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Some prior studies measured intrapreneurship or corporate entrepreneurship using four key indicators: New businesses, product/service innovation, process/technology, and innovation and self-renewal.
You may see
Antoncic, J. A., & Antoncic, B. (2011). Employee satisfaction, intrapreneurship and firm growth: a model. Industrial Management & Data Systems, 111( 4), 589 - 607
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how does foreign exchange rate policies and related issues like overseas business, competitiveness effect the company?
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Annual reports of Infosys
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Nowadays, managing assets effectively is key to the competitiveness of the process industry and owners should regularly address the issue of when to abandon or even replace an asset. Unfortunately, defining and calculating economic life is not always straight forward due to a lack of adequate methods.Suggest any method other than techniques of capital budgeting.
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You might consider using Vernon’s pioneering work in the 1960s as the starting point to measure economic life of the project. As another alternative, you may consider resource dependence theory (RDT) to think about how high resource/technology dependence that the project needs other external stakeholders to go further.
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My research tend study on "Competitiveness analysis on Garment and textile industry in CLMV countries" & i use VAR error model to determine export performance of textile industry, then i use this result to find competitiveness by comparing result, could i????
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Export performance can be looked at as exports scaled by GDP or as real exports that is unit value of exports divided export prices = constant, real GDP in trading partners countries, exchange rates,  export prices, trading partners or competitors export prices, unit cost of labor or wages and terms of trade. It will if you can put them in logs and you may want to minimize collinearity by experimenting with RF defined as the log(export prices *exchange rate) divided by trading partners export prices). From doing this, you can go into your VAR. 
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How can we test EFQM (European Foundation Quality Management) model practices of a construction company?
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do an gap analisys audit with a professional as a first step ...
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We believe that cross-fertilizing the tourism and seaport literatures on the specific topic of relationship networks for competitiveness can favour the spreading of practices and can create a collaborative environment to solve problems that cannot be solved by one sector alone. The final aim is to identify and promote common tools for the sustainable development of both tourism destinations and seaports in the city.
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How can we 'Investigate the Competitiveness of Supply Chain practices in Perishable Food Processing Industries', And What are the Factors affecting the Competitiveness of Food Processing Industry like Dairy, Meat, Poultry, Bakery etc.
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Search for the report 'Competitiveness of the European Food Industry; An economic and legal assessment' from Wijnands, Van der Meulen and Poppe, published by the European Commission in 2007.
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The changing dynamics of the labour market imposes demands on the form and nature of the manifestation of collective action expressed in support of the holders/owners of talent (ie human capital). How are modern networks (unions, trade associations, professional bodies, guilds, etc) changing to be responsive, progressive and of value to members.
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This is an interesting question. Nowadays, networks and members need to equip themselves with modern technologies to educate and update themselves, and to communicate their expectations and needs.
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National or regional Competitiveness is typically measured in  macro-economic dimensions. Good leadership is the key to achieving good organizational performance. But what is the linke between leadership and competitiveness? (sustainability? national cultural difference? Networks and clusters?)  
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The Difference between a Good Leader and a BossHole
Good leaders create an environment where their team can excel. Mediocre leaders do what they see everyone else doing. Exceptional leaders have the passion, drive and vision to dance to the music that other people can't hear yet. Overtime he or she gets everyone in their organization to hear the tune.
A Bosshole is a leader who sucks the life, energy and enthusiasm out of their team. They do this because they have no idea what drives employees to excel.
More businesses, economies and nations are ruined by bad leadership (Bossholes) than any other cause.
Great leaders inspire and Bossholes undermine success. 
Success is defined as the ability to create valuable goods and services in the marketplace.
Valuable is defined as adding value to the lives of the consumer.
I believe these core principles are true regardless of the form or location of the government or nation.
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Does anyone have a good measurement tool/method for measuring Confucianism? Any references and/or survey questions are appreciated! Thanks very much!
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Hello Dr Baumann,
If you're still looking for this question, you should check out the following recent paper by some very good colleagues of mine:
W. Yao (*) • C. Baumann • L.P. Tan (2015), Wine Brand Category Choice and Confucianism: A Purchase Motivation Comparison of Caucasian, Chinese and Korean Consumer, in F.J. Martı´nez-Lo´pez et al. (eds.), Advances in National Brand and Private Label Marketing, Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-20182-5_3
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Hi, all! 
Can anybody advice qualitative papers concerning the fiscal policy design (or application of specific fiscal instruments) to improve trade balance dynamics and export competitiveness? Empirical investigations of fiscal policy effectiveness in that context are also appreciated! Thanks 
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Dear Artem,
The traditional method to examine this issue is the Mundell-Fleming model that is well documented in textbooks on Open Macroeconomics. But recently  Ajit Singh and other have follow the UN Global Econometric model. (See Chapter II of Oxford Handbook of The Political Economy of Financial Crises , Edited by Martin Wolfson and Gerald Epstein, (2013). I am attaching a free web pdf article by F. Cripps et al., on that theory and empirical investigation. Hope it helps.
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What are the factors of global competitiveness of the national agro-industry? Is there a model or models by which it can be determine and compare the competitiveness of this particular industry? I'm looking for literature references which specifically refer to this model or models.
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