Academic journal article Advances in Competitiveness Research

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Academic journal article Advances in Competitiveness Research

Introduction

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In this special issue, six papers were selected from the International Conference of the Competitiveness Research Network that took place in Mexico.

The first research paper titled "Capital Structure in the Manufacture Industry in Mexico" tries to identify institutional factors of the country and the company and its mathematical relationship incorporating debt, forming the capital structure of the electronics industry in Jalisco and its discrepancies with the service sector, trade, processing, extractives, construction and telecommunications throughout the period 2000-2007. The long-term debt was the dependent variable, and the independent variables were conformed by the main factors of the country and company. Then discrepancies were shown in the factors and their mathematical relationship to the electronics' industries.

The second research paper, "Customer Satisfaction in the Hospitality Industry in Guadalajara, Mexico," analyzes perception and satisfaction levels in the hospitality industry in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. It was carried out in hotels that ranked four stars and higher, and customers were asked to express their quality satisfaction and perception of hospitality and leisure. A survey was applied to 300 guests; the results were analyzed using Analysis of Variance. The findings demonstrated that the customer's perception and satisfaction were higher in most service factors than in their expectations. It was also perceived that service quality of customers depended largely on the price paid for the service and the treatment received.

The third paper, "Looking for a Distinctive Model to Analyze Competitiveness," comments that concepts and models in the competitiveness mainstream led by Michael Porter have been criticized for their limited applicability to a broader spectrum of units of analysis and their restriction to the domestic sphere and the role of government. Based on a literature review, this paper uses the firm as the unit of analysis and suggests a concept and a model of competitiveness which satisfies both the mainstream and critics. …

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