Posts Tagged ‘ competitiveness ’

World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness 2013/2014― US at No. 5

September 1, 2013
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World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness 2013/2014― US at No. 5

The September release of the annual World Economic Forum report on Global Competitiveness shows a marked improvement for the US from the 7th position in 2012 to the 5th position in 2013.  The important drivers of competitiveness this year are strong institutions and innovation.  While the US still remains behind Switzerland, Singapore, Finland and Germany,…

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Real business strategy

April 8, 2013
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Real business strategy

Authors Lafley and Martin bring their combined academic and business experience to bear in developing their recipe for building successful strategy.  Lafley is the former Chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble.  Martin is the Dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.  With over twenty years of working together, the…

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EU Trade policy and the exporting of its competition rules

March 11, 2013
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EU Trade policy and the exporting of its competition rules

The author investigates the relationship between the EU and its developing world partners to understand the role of competitiveness and cooperation agreements.  The article suggests that the EU uses its bilateral and regional agreements as means to direct the alignment of foreign practices and rules with that of the EU.  On one level, this policy…

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Dominant design, industry standards and innovation

March 11, 2013
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Dominant design, industry standards and innovation

Gallagher develops a framework for evaluating the risks and benefits of strategies that focus on dominant design and standards, comparing the two approaches for gaining marketplace advantage.  He claims that they are not the same thing and that it is important to understand the differences.  Standards results from competition between different interface protocols and are…

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Economic woes in the Eurozone

March 11, 2013
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Economic woes in the Eurozone

The Eurozone economy continues to wallow in dismal results.  Inflation fell to 1.8% in February, but unemployment overall rose to 11.9% in January, which represents 19 million people out of work.  The unemployed include 23.6% of youth under 25 years of age.  Consumer demand dropped and the Markit Eurozone Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index, at 47.9…

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Increasing GDP through trade barrier reduction and the supply chain

February 5, 2013
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Increasing GDP through trade barrier reduction and the supply chain

The World Economic Forum recently released a study it conducted with Bain & Company and the World Bank on the relationship between supply chain barriers, tariffs and the world GDP.  Combining case studies of individual companies and industries with empirical macroeconomic analysis, they conclude that “reducing supply chain barriers to trade could increase GDP up…

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Global Innovation Index 2012

January 14, 2013
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Global Innovation Index 2012

Innovation drives company, country and regional success.  In this twenty minute clip of the Global Innovation Index 2013, co-producers INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization explain the findings and recent changes that have improved the information gleaned from the study.  Now in its fifth year, the study investigates the integration of innovation into country…

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Competitiveness & Innovation―The WEF Global Competiveness Index 2012-13

January 14, 2013
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Competitiveness & Innovation―The WEF Global Competiveness Index 2012-13

The World Economic Forum produces the Global Competitiveness Index which, since 2005, measures national competitiveness in terms of microeconomic and macroeconomic factors.  Competitiveness is defined as “the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity of a country.”  The more competitive the economy, the more likely it is to sustain growth. …

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Competitiveness and the US

December 4, 2012
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Competitiveness and the US

                        Harvard University professors Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin study competitiveness. In a recent interview with The Economist, Porter discusses what can be done rapidly to increase US productivity. The entire article in The Economist suggests that the research results from surveys and conversations…

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Cooperative selling business model

August 1, 2012
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Cooperative selling business model

Michael Golden, co-founder and former CEO of Shoprunner, discusses the Shoprunner business model.  Based upon consolidation of back-office activities, Shoprunner’s multichannel retail collaboration program brings together a consortium of retailers on one website to which consumers subscribe for access to cross- shopping and delivery.  Recently, Golden was replaced by former Yahoo! CEO, Scott Thompson.  The…

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