Top Class Competitors: How Nations, Firms and Individuals Succeed in the New World of Competitiveness / Edition 1

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Competitiveness, is the most used and abused term in moderneconomics. three decades ago it was unheard-of; today a Googlesearch produces more than 35 million matches. Competitiveness hastake the world by storm with frequent name-checks from politicians,business leaders, journalists and academics alike. but iscompetitiveness a fad or for real? And, incidentally, what is itexactly?

Competitiveness, as defined in this book, is the ability of anation, company or individual to mange a totality of competences toattain prosperity. Success today depends on more than managing afew well-established core competencies. Along with traditionalpolicies, a nation must also tackle education and security tosustain economic development. A company must manage "soft" issuessuch as brands and perceptions to beat the competition. Andindividuals must reinvent themselves and expand their skills tosurvive. These fields of economic research did not exist a fewdecades ago. today, competitiveness makes the link.

Top class Competitors is a journey through the brave new worldof competitiveness. What are its historical origins? How doe sitimpact the management of a nation? How do companies thrive e on itin an international environment? What is the impact on workstructures and value systems? Above all, is there a competitivenessmindset? Exploring how the concept works and how its issues areintertwined, Stephane Garelli shows why competitiveness is the mostpowerful tool available to unleash new levels of prosperity fornations, profit for companies and success for people.

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"this book aims to provide the answers to these and much more" (Credit Control, May 2006)

"…a fresh perspective…worth a read." (Gulf Business, August 2006)

"…a forward-looking book…could easily be a reference text for students of economics, business studies …Well written and authoritative…" (Edge, November 2006)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470025697
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/8/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Stéphane Garelli is a world authority on competitiveness, having pioneered work in the field for 25 years. He is a professor at the Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he heads the World Competitiveness Centre, and also an associate professor at the University of Lausanne where he teaches competitiveness of enterprises and nations. He was Managing Director of the World Economic Forum and director of its well-known Davos Annual Meetings for many years. Besides his academic career he has worked closely with several large global enterprises, in particular as a special advisor to Hewlett-Packard in Europe. He is also closely involved with public management and politics, having been an elected member of the Constitutional Assembly of his local state in Switzerland. He is a member of numerous international institutions and boards, regularly speaks at major conferences on competitiveness, and is chairman of the Swiss newspaper Le Temps.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Credits xi

Prologue xiii

1 Competitiveness: Changing the Mindset 1

2 The Long and Winding Road to Competitiveness 31

3 Working out National Competitiveness: The Cube Theory 61

4 The Extended Enterprise 117

5 Competitiveness and Work: A Love–Hate Relationship153

6 Competitiveness and Value Systems 181

7 Competent People and Competitive People: They Are Not The Same. . . 217

Epilogue: A Beautiful, Competitive Mind 251

References 259

Index 265

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