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Globalization and competitive strategy in Europe’s vulnerable regions: Firm, industry and country effects in labour-intensive industries

GL Clark, T Palaskas, P Tracey, M Tsampra

Published : 2012

Abstract

European integration has prompted great interest in the adjustment capacities of small and medium enterprises in regions characterized by high levels of unemployment and lower-than-average incomes. At issue, in these circumstances, is the extent to which economic competitiveness can be enhanced by technological change and the resources of European and national governments. Relying upon the results of a detailed survey of small- and medium-sized firm competitive strategies in selected vulnerable regions across Europe, the paper focuses upon firm adjustment strategies in four labour-intensive industries vulnerable to international competition. It draws together the results of these surveys pro..

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