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Competitiveness

Coordinator:
Prof. Krystyna Gawlikowska-Hueckel

Team:

  • Stanisław Umiński

"An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage" 
Jack Welch

The article of P. Krugman "Competitiveness: a dangerous obsession" (Foreign Affairs, March / April 1994) published in 1994, drew the attention of economists not only to the importance of competitiveness, but also to the care with which it should be approached - particularly in terms of drawing appropriate conclusions and creating appropriate proposals for economic policy.


The theory of competitiveness and its empirical analyses have developed significantly.

The Institute for Development wishes to enter into debate dedicated to the issue of competitiveness. We are familiar with the theory of M. Porter, according to which "Wealth of nations is created, not inherited". The theory indicates that rather than inherited resources, it is work, innovation, ideas, organisation, capital and trust within society that determine competitiveness and prosperity of nations, regions and industries. However, as is well-known, there is no singular answer to the question of what ultimately determines competitiveness.

The Institute plans to take an active voice in the "Competitiveness debate" and its main themes, as well as conducting empirical studies in this area.