Drawing on a rich literature and case study material from selected industries, and elaborating on key concepts such as firms and competencies, industries and industrial systems, and competitiveness and prosperity, this book sets out to answer three broad research questions:
* What is competition about in today's economy?
* Why do geographical areas (local milieus, cities, regions, countries) specialize in particular types of economic activity, and why do patterns of specialization, once in place tend to be so tremendously durable?
* How can high-cost regions in general and small industrialized countries in particular sustain competitiveness and prosperity in an increasingly globally integrated world economy?
This book points the way out of a dilemma created by recent industrial theory and policy: is it possible for countries which are not destined to be leading high-tech powers to take advantage of the current conjuncture of increasingly open-markets.
|About the Authors||p. x|
|Regional Specialisation and Localised Learning||p. 1|
|Ubiquitification, Knowledge and Localised Capabilities||p. 17|
|Sustainable Patterns of Specialisation in a Globalised Economy||p. 19|
|Firm Competitiveness Through Knowledge Creation||p. 29|
|Localised Capabilities and the Competitiveness of Regions and Countries||p. 50|
|Small Countries, Localised Learning and Lack of Learning||p. 73|
|Small Nations: How to Sustain Prosperity in Open, Low-Tech Economies||p. 75|
|Comfort and Competitiveness: the Wooden Furniture Industry||p. 98|
|Natural Resources and the Institutional Endowment||p. 120|
|Footloose Communications: the Mobile Phone Industry||p. 151|
|Conclusions and Policy Implications||p. 177|
|Towards a Learning-Based Industrial and Regional Policy||p. 179|
|Author Index||p. 246|
|Subject Index||p. 251|
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Series: Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 25th December 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9 x 2.59
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1