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|Title:||National and firm competitiveness: a general research model|
|Author(s):||Attila Chikán, (Competitiveness Research Centre, Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary)|
|Citation:||Attila Chikán, (2008) "National and firm competitiveness: a general research model", Competitiveness Review: An International Business Journal incorporating Journal of Global Competitiveness, Vol. 18 Iss: 1/2, pp.20 - 28|
|Keywords:||Competitive analysis, Competitive strategy, Hungary, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, National economy|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/10595420810874583 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide a framework for connecting macro- and micro-level research on competitiveness.
Design/methodology/approach – Based on some major international survey research reports (by the WEF, IMD, OECD, and the EU) and research experience, a gap is described between national and firm level competitiveness studies. A reasoning why filling this gap is discussed and a general research model connecting the two levels by using Porter's diamond model is developed.
Findings – By using appropriate definitions of national and firm competitiveness and the diamond model a meaningful connection of the two levels can be created, which is useful both for connecting recent research results and as a foundation for further research.
Research limitations/implications – Though the model is based on actual research experiences, its real value will become apparent after having it applied in concrete projects. This process is ongoing.
Practical implications – The model is a very useful tool in analysing real world situations, from economic policy issues to strategic management.
Originality/value – The paper is a result of extended research on competitiveness and provides a new model for further analyses in a very important field.
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