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dc.contributor.authorLafuente González, Esteban Miguel
dc.contributor.authorLeiva Bonilla, Juan Carlos
dc.contributor.authorMoreno-Gómez, Jorge
dc.contributor.authorSzerb, László
dc.contributor.otherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Organització d'Empreses
dc.identifier.citationLafuente, E. [et al.]. A non-parametric analysis of competitiveness efficiency: The relevance of firm size and the configuration of competitive pillars. "BRQ-Business Research Quarterly", 2019.
dc.description.abstractThis study employs a DEA model with a single constant input to analyze the competitiveness performance of a unique sample of 103 knowledge-intensive business service (KIBS) firms from Hungary, Spain, Colombia and Costa Rica for the year 2017. Also, we assess how the configuration of competitive pillars—strengths and weaknesses—impacts efficiency and how firm size moderates this relationship. The mean efficiency scores by which the competitiveness output can be optimized is 47.43%. The results suggest that the configuration of competitive pillars has important implications for efficiency analyses. For small businesses, competitive-enhancing actions should focus on mitigating competitive weaknesses that are detrimental to efficiency. Also, a configuration of competitive pillars in which one or various competitive strengths prevail is more beneficial for small businesses. Managerial tools such as the proposed competitiveness measure may offer useful information on what strategic actions can contribute to optimize business competitiveness.
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Spain
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Economia i organització d'empreses::Competitivitat i innovació
dc.subject.lcshBenchmarking (Management)
dc.subject.otherSystem dynamics
dc.titleA non-parametric analysis of competitiveness efficiency: The relevance of firm size and the configuration of competitive pillars
dc.subject.lemacReferenciació (Economia)
dc.subject.lemacCompetència econòmica
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer Reviewed
dc.rights.accessOpen Access
dc.description.versionPostprint (published version)
upcommons.citation.authorLafuente, E.; Leiva, J.C.; Moreno-Gómez, J.; Szerb László
upcommons.citation.publicationNameBRQ-Business Research Quarterly

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