International Perspectives on Determinants of Competitiveness
Special issue call for papers from Competitiveness Review
Following on from the successful conference sessions at the European Academy of Management (EURAM) in Iceland in June 2018, a Special Issue based on the Special Interest Group in International Management and its trackof International Competitiveness is being organised.
Eleanor Doyle, University College Cork, Ireland; Pablo Colazzo, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria; Aron Perenyi, Swinburne Business School, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Runolfur Smari Steinthorsson. University of Iceland.
Submission deadline: June 1st 2019
Submissions are invited, whether of empirical orconceptual focus, that contribute to understanding competitivenessfroman internationalcontext. Scholars are invited to reflect on the determinants of competitiveness and submissions from bottom-up (micro or firm-level and mezzo or cluster-level), top-down (mezzo or regional level and macro or national/ international level) perspectivesare all welcome (Chikán, 2008; Ketels, 2013; Perényi, 2016; Porter, 1998: Porter, 2000; Buckley, Pass, & Prescott, 1988).
Gaps at the intersection of management and economics literaturesaround competitiveness lend themselves to conceptually relevant research, with high practical impact (Iammarino, McCann, Ortega-Argiles, 2018). International competitiveness is relevant toboth developing and developed nations, addressing challenges of strategy, business development, firm growth and performance, sustainability, economic development and policy making in a globalised knowledge economy (Sigurðardóttir & Steinthorsson, 2018; Nunes, Estevão, & Nicolau Filipe, 2018; Rodríguez-Gulías, de Sousa Gabriel, & Rodeiro-Pazos, 2018).
The Special Issue aims to improve understanding of the ultimate determinants of a firm’s, region’s or nation’s competitiveness and productivity, rooted in the strategies, operating practices, resources and other determinants (Porter, 2003; Porter, 1980; Porter, 1985; Porter, 1990). In this context, local, national and international determinants and impacts are relevant (Brosnan, Doyle, O’Connor, 2016). The basis of investigation ranges from locally-based firms, the vitality of clusters and the quality of the business environment in which competition takes place.
Submissions addressing the roles that firms, industry associations, universities, and other institutions play in competitiveness are encouraged (Gutiérrez-Martínez, Duhamel, Luna-Reyes, Picazo-Vela, Huerta-Carvajal, 2015). In modern international competition, each of these institutions has a potentially important role in economic development that is shifting, and may becometransformational or structural. Moreover, the process of creating and sustaining an economic strategy for a nation or region is a daunting challenge Akpinar, Can, Mermercioglu, 2017; O’Connor, Doyle & Brosnan 2017).
Submissions are likely to explore not only theory and policy but also the organizational structures, institutional structures, and change processes required for sustained improvements in competitiveness.Developments around cluster life-cycles and consequent challenges for policy arise with increased analysis available on policy impacts in different contexts over time (Kiese and Kahl, 2017; Aranguren, Magro, & Wilson, 2014).
Goals and Topics:
The Special Issue invites papers that offer novel empirical and theoretical contributions that explore the scope and impact of determinants of competitiveness within an internationalcontext. Contributions are welcome in relation to the following themes:
•Case study exemplars of competitiveness: Accounts of cluster initiatives (in developed or less developed contexts) that elucidate value chain development and transformationof relevance to those imagining possibilities of similar initiatives;
•Investigations of firm-levelsources of competitiveness cognisant of implications for international perspectives;
•Investigations of non-firmlevel determinants of competitiveness: Sources of competitiveness external to the firm across a range of institutions, locally or internationally, can inform strategic decisions and activities. The scope here is with reference to international perspectives and considerations;
•Contributions relating to developments in the life-cycle of clustersrelating determinants of competitiveness to the stage of development of the cluster;
•Competitiveness challenges within international, national, or regional contexts for developed or developing economies, or bothare welcome.
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Submission deadline: June 1st 2019
Akpinar, M., Can, Ö., and Mermercioglu, M. (2017) Assessing the sources of competitiveness of the US states, Competitiveness Review: An International Business Journal, 27(2): 161-178. https://doi.org/10.1108/CR-02-2016-0014
Aranguren, M.J., Magro, E. and Wilson, J.R. (2017) Regional competitiveness policy evaluation as a transformative process: From theory to practice, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 35(4): 703–720.
Brosnan, S., Doyle, E. and O’Connor, S. (2016) From Marshall’s Triad to Porter’s Diamond: added value?, Competitiveness Review: An International Business Journal, 26(5): 500-516. https://doi.org/10.1108/CR-05-2015-0037
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Gutiérrez-Martínez, I., Duhamel, F., Luna-Reyes, L.F., Picazo-Vela, S. and Huerta-Carvajal, M.I. (2015) The role of joint actions in the performance of IT clusters in Mexico, Competitiveness Review: An International Business Journal, 25(2): 156-178. https://doi.org/10.1108/CR-09-2013-0073
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O’Connor, S., Doyle, E. and Brosnan, S. (2017) Clustering in Ireland: development cycle considerations, Regional Studies, Regional Science,4(1): 263-283. https://doi.org/10.1080/21681376.2017.1402361
Perényi, Á. (2016) Diagnosing cluster competitiveness using firm level data in the profit-growth nexus framework. Acta Oeconomica, 66(3): 439-463.
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