Advances in Competitiveness Research

An academic journal focusing on concept, theory, and research in commercial competitiveness and globalization. Articles discuss global economic, technological, and management issues. Includes book reviews. This is the research journal for the American Soc

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 1/2, 2008

A Curvilinear Relationship between Control and Strategy: Sharing of Control in a Multinational Network
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThere has been a great deal of interest by researchers in understanding the issue of control of subsidiaries in a multinational network. The debate has been between using high control or centralization versus low control or decentralization...
An Evaluation of the Competitiveness of the Agribusiness Sector in South Africa
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe objective of this paper is to conduct a comprehensive analysis on the competitiveness of the agribusiness sector in South Africa Three instruments emerged from this viz the AGRIBUSINESS COMPETITIVENESS STATUS (ACS) index; the AGRIBUSINESS...
Creating Competitive Advantage through Intangible Assets: The Direct and Indirect Effects of Corporate Culture and Reputation
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYCorporate culture and reputation are intangible assets firms use to create a competitive strategic advantage to differentiate themselves from other firms to enhance firm performance. Numerous articles cite how corporate culture may be...
In Search of a General Model of Unemployment
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis study has identified macroeconomic variables with combined significant effects on unemployment movements, and explained the nature of these movements as an aid to policy makers and economists in the forecasting process. A step-wise...
Integrated Benchmarking Performance Measures
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe focus of this article is to show how a thorough understanding of organizational strategy and deployment of the strategy into consistent functional strategies is critical for improving the effectiveness of a benchmarking process....
Re-Engineering Operational Practices and Processes to Improve the Customer Focus of a Marketing Organization
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe objective of this field study is to examine the applicability and potential advantages of pull operational practices in a mid-size manufacturing organization. The results derived based on this field study point to both operational...
Supply Chain Transformation by Erp for Enhancing Performance: An Empirical Investigation
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis paper addresses the implication of transforming supply chain by implementing ERP to enhance corporate performance. The research methodology uses a case study approach employing a fact-based principle that combines quantitative and...
The Tyrant Executive
In order to situate themselves on the power stage, tyrants do not hesitate to use whatever means are available to optimally serve their own interests. Whether they appear in the business or political arena, tyrants share three primary characteristics:...
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