Human beings are programmed as a competitive species who will fight against competitors. In doing so, we are assuming a win-lose scenario. If one wins, then the other loses. The popularity of Competitiveness Reports that rank countries, reflect our natural need to outcompete other countries, socially, economically, and politically. Still, theory tells us that international economics is not a zero sum game. When one gains, the other does not necessarily have to lose. Everyone can win. It is time to rethink competitiveness. What are we really after? And how to measure and analyse it, as the basis for action?!
HOW PARTICIPANTS WILL BENEFIT
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
• Assess competitiveness from many angles: industry policies, globalization (multinational) lead companies, technology, innovative clusters & partnerships, social and economic development theory, evolutionary economics
• Assess competitiveness using a critical review of easily available indicators (and why standard competitiveness reports are not useful)
• Assess the competitiveness of an industry, a region or a country using our checklist that is based on traditional and modern insights
• Explain why winning is unrealistic in the vast majority of cases. Progress is a slow process and hard to manage. So how can we organize it? And who are “we”?
• Apply our checklist to case studies of industries and countries
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This course is aimed at policy makers in international organizations, national and local governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and researchers fascinated by the quest for competitiveness.
• Developing a framework to analyse the participants’ own cases systematically.
• Building a checklist to assess competitiveness based on a review of approaches found in theory and practice.
• Key questions on what is competitiveness and how it can be measured.
• Usage of measures on trade data analysis.
• National strategies: which industries have to be prioritized by national governments, and why, and how?
• The rich who get richer and the poor who get poorer, which creates the need for intervention.