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Geo-Regional Competitiveness in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltic Countries, and Russia

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The changing dynamics in the European region and beyond, the unfolding political-economic challenges across the European Union, and the rising global power of emerging economic powers require knowledge, skills, and methodological platforms inducing strategies and operations in the new and ever-changing business landscape. Geo-Regional Competitiveness in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltic Countries, and Russia seeks to address East Central Europe’s (ECE), the Baltics’, and Russia’s increasingly important roles as emerging markets and competitive economic players in the European region. This premier reference work is designated for scholars, professionals, government agencies, think tanks, and other individuals, organizations, and institutions interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the geo-regional strategic business dynamics and landscape involving ECE, the Baltics, and Russia.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. Editorial Advisory Board
    2. List of Reviewers
  5. Preface
    1. ORGANIZATION OF THE BOOK
    2. REFERENCES
  6. Chapter 1: Institutional Reform and Export Competitiveness of Central and Eastern European Economies
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. ECONOMIC TRANSITION IN THE CEEs: BACKGROUND
    4. INSTITUTIONAL REFORM AND EXPORT COMPETITIVENESS
    5. EFFECTS OF INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS ON EXPORT COMPETITIVENESS
    6. CONCLUSION AND IMPLICATIONS
    7. REFERENCES
    8. Key Terms & Definitions
    9. APPENDIX: DEFINITION OF MEASURES AND SCORES USED IN TABLES 2 AND 3
  7. Chapter 2: National Innovation System Dynamics in East Central Europe, the Baltic Countries, and Russia
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND: CONCEPTUAL DEBATES AND EMPIRICAL MEASUREMENT OF NATIONAL INNOVATION SYSTEMS
    4. DATA AND METHODS: CANA DATABASE AND PRINCIPAL COMPONENT ANALYSIS
    5. RESULTS: STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS OF NATIONAL INNOVATION SYSTEMS IN EAST CENTRAL EUROPE, THE BALTIC COUNTRIES AND RUSSIA
    6. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION
    7. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
    8. REFERENCES
    9. ADDITIONAL READING
    10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  8. Chapter 3: Innovation and International Competitiveness of Manufacturing Firms
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION: INNOVATION AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS PROFILES OF CEE COUNTRIES
    3. INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS: BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THEORY AND HYPOTHESES DEVELOPMENT
    4. SAMPLE, OPERATIONALIZATION OF VARIABLES, AND METHODS
    5. RESULTS
    6. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION
    7. REFERENCES
    8. ADDITIONAL READING
    9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    10. ENDNOTES
  9. Chapter 4: Manufacturing Reshoring
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT IN EAST CENTRAL EUROPE AND THE BALTIC COUNTRIES
    5. MANUFACTURING RESHORING IN EAST CENTRAL EUROPE AND BALTIC COUNTRIES: EVIDENCE FROM THE UNI-CLUB MORE BACK-RESHORING DATASET
    6. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION
    7. REFERENCES
    8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    9. ENDNOTES
  10. Chapter 5: Business Risk from Governmental Corruption in East Central Europe, the Baltic Countries, and Russia
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. CORRUPTION IN THE REGION
    5. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
    6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    7. CONCLUSION
    8. REFERENCES
    9. ADDITIONAL READING
    10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  11. Chapter 6: How Is the Crisis Affecting the Competitiveness of Countries?
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. FROM THE GLOBE TO THE BALTIC COUNTRIES – SYMPTOMS AND COURSE OF THE FINANCIAL CRISIS
    5. HOW HAVE THE BALTICS MANAGED THE CRISIS?
    6. CRISIS AND COMPETITIVENESS OF THE BALTIC STATES – THE ANALYSIS OF SELECTED ECONOMIC INDICATORS
    7. CRISIS AND COMPETITIVENESS OF THE BALTICS – HOW DIFFERENT IS THE OVERALL PICTURE?
    8. CONCLUSION
    9. REFERENCES
    10. ADDITIONAL READING
    11. KET TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    12. ENDNOTES
  12. Chapter 7: Energy and Maritime Clusters in the Eastern Baltic Sea Region
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND: REGIONAL COMPETITIVENESS, CLUSTERS AND INTER-CLUSTER COOPERATION
    4. ENERGY CLUSTERS IN THE EASTERN BALTIC SEA REGION
    5. MARITIME CLUSTERS IN THE EASTERN BALTIC SEA REGION
    6. CONCLUSION
    7. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
    8. REFERENCES
    9. ADDITIONAL READING
    10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  13. Chapter 8: Competitive Strategies of Successful Local Firms in Central and Eastern Europe
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THEORETICAL BACKGROUND
    4. RESEARCH MODEL AND METHOD
    5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    6. CONCLUSION
    7. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
    8. REFERENCES
    9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    10. APPENDIX
  14. Chapter 9: Investment Attractiveness of Visegrad Group Countries
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND: FDI IN THEORY AND EMPIRICAL STUDIES
    4. STRUCTURE OF FDI INFLOW IN THE VISEGRAD GROUP COUNTRIES
    5. INVESTMENT ATTRACTIVENESS
    6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    7. CONCLUSION
    8. REFERENCES
    9. ADDITIONAL READING
    10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITION
    11. ENDNOTES
  15. Chapter 10: Socio-Economic Development and Competitiveness
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. POLAND’S STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
    4. BEST CORPORATE PRACTICES AND LESSONS IN COMPETITIVENESS
    5. BEST INSTITUTIONAL PRACTICES IN COMPETITIVENESS
    6. SOURCES OF INFORMATION ON DOING BUSINESS IN POLAND
    7. CONCLUSION
    8. REFERENCES
    9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    10. ENDNOTES
  16. Chapter 11: Russia
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. RUSSIA IN THE EVOLVING GEO-REGIONAL STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENT: AMBITIONS AND “AMMUNITIONS”
    4. RUSSIA’S RANKINGS IN GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS
    5. FINDINGS FROM THE RUSSIA’S 2007 COMPETITIVENESS STUDY BY HARVARD
    6. IMPROVING COMPETITIVENESS: RUSSIA’S STRATEGIC IMPERATIVES
    7. CONCLUSION
    8. REFERENCES
    9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    10. ENDNOTES
  17. Chapter 12: Socio-Economic Development and Competitiveness of the North-West Federal District of Russia
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. MAIN FOCUS OF THE CHAPTER
    5. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
    6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    7. CONCLUSION
    8. REFERENCES
    9. ADDITIONAL READING
    10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  18. Compilation of References
  19. About the Contributors