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Competitiveness, Localised Learning and Regional Development : Specialization and Prosperity in Small Open Economies - Heikki Eskelinen

Competitiveness, Localised Learning and Regional Development

Specialization and Prosperity in Small Open Economies

Hardcover Published: 25th December 1997
ISBN: 9780415154284
Number Of Pages: 272

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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 Authorsp. x
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Regional Specialisation and Localised Learningp. 1
Ubiquitification, Knowledge and Localised Capabilitiesp. 17
Sustainable Patterns of Specialisation in a Globalised Economyp. 19
Firm Competitiveness Through Knowledge Creationp. 29
Localised Capabilities and the Competitiveness of Regions and Countriesp. 50
Small Countries, Localised Learning and Lack of Learningp. 73
Small Nations: How to Sustain Prosperity in Open, Low-Tech Economiesp. 75
Comfort and Competitiveness: the Wooden Furniture Industryp. 98
Natural Resources and the Institutional Endowmentp. 120
Footloose Communications: the Mobile Phone Industryp. 151
Conclusions and Policy Implicationsp. 177
Towards a Learning-Based Industrial and Regional Policyp. 179
Notesp. 195
Referencesp. 215
Author Indexp. 246
Subject Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9780415154284
ISBN-10: 0415154286
Series: Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 25th December 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.08 x 16.26  x 2.59
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1