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International Journal of Competitiveness

International Journal of Competitiveness (IJC)

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International Journal of Competitiveness (6 papers in press)

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  • Evaluating sustainable green development through advanced production techniques by using MDEMATEL technique   Order a copy of this article
    by Chandan Deep Singh 
    Abstract: Today, most of the production strategies are influenced by quality, cost, delivery, innovation, and responsiveness. Firms have traditionally pursued these goals through adoption of production practices, such as simultaneous engineering, increasing efficiency through elimination of defects, setup reduction etc., and worker empowerment. Recent developments in industry suggest another way of achieving excellence in production, that is, industry regulators and professional bodies must encourage innovation in a broad range of high-tech production facilities with environment in mind. Success of the industry depends upon production facilities and the competitive advantage that the industry gains because of better quality and reliability. This advantage leads to increase in the sales and the creation of a sound customer base for greater market share, which eventually leads to more profit, growth and expansion. A firm's processes must possess operating advantages in the form of competitive priorities to outperform its competitors. In this research high priority risk factors of industry are taken up so as to provide a suitable qualitative model based on these.
    Keywords: modified DEMATEL; WSM; weighted sum model; WPM; weighted product model; WASPAS; weighted aggregated sum product assessment; GRA; grey relational analysis; SMART; simple multi-attribute rating technique; CRITIC; criteria importance through intercriteria correlation; ENTROPY; EDAS; evaluation based on distance from average solution; MOORA; AHP; analytic hierarchy process; TOPSIS; technique for order of preference by similarity to ideal solution; VIKOR; sustainable development; green engineering; advanced production techniques.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJC.2022.10043952
  • Impact of green manufacturing parameters on strategic success in Indian manufacturing industries   Order a copy of this article
    by Jasvinder Singh, Chandan Deep Singh, Dharmpal Deepak 
    Abstract: Development of Indian manufacturing Industries has an adverse effect on the natural and environmental resources such as global warming is a very popular effect. Green manufacturing focus on minimizing the impact of manufacturing processes on the natural environment to sustain our future. Green manufacturing technologies are latest which having negligible impact on the environment and natural resources. The manufacturing industry's strategic success depends on the manufacturing processes used to eliminate or mitigate waste or to increase sales and build a sound consumer base for higher market share to generate more profit, growth and expansion. The present research work has been planned to come up with the level of expectations of the industrialists, policy planners and designers by keeping in mind the term green manufacturing, specially, the green manufacturing parameters on which the whole strategic success of the industries depends.
    Keywords: green manufacturing; strategic success; performance parameters; manufacturing industries; technological drivers; sustainability; eco-friendly; environmental conscious.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJC.2022.10043953
  • Clusters, cluster policy and competitiveness: case of Dubai's free zones cluster   Order a copy of this article
    by Mona Mostafa El-Sholkamy 
    Abstract: A competitive economy aims to utilise its factor endowments in the most efficient manner to achieve productivity in a more sustainable and inclusive manner. In Dubai, UAE, a profound drive to achieve economic diversification and create a competitive knowledge-based economy has been evident in the past 30 years. This study looks into the economic competitiveness of the Dubai free zones clusters. SWOT analysis of the business environment and Global Indices were explored to support the argument on the UAE's potential for cluster creation. The Porter's Diamond Model helped assess the competitiveness of the free zones clusters. A cluster map was designed on one of the free zone clusters as a case study to gauge its competitiveness and study value chain components. Based on these analyses; several challenges and policy gaps were identified. Recommendations include, establishing a Federal Free Zone Authority along with enriching private sector partnerships with the public agents to maximise cluster policy benefits.
    Keywords: economic policy; cluster policy; clusters; competitiveness; economic diversification; productivity; case study; free zones cluster; the diamond model; global competitiveness index; global innovation index; UAE; United Arab Emirates; Dubai.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJC.2022.10046157
  • MCDM based analysis of factors affecting core functional competencies in Indian manufacturing industry   Order a copy of this article
    by Rajdeep Singh, Chandan Deep Singh, Talwinder Singh 
    Abstract: Presently manufacturing industry in India is facing healthy competition especially with giants in this field. To compete and to perform better in the market most of the companies are adopting core functional competencies. This paper deals with qualitative analysis of data using various multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) techniques. Using questionnaire survey data was collected and different factors had been finalised. From the analysis results, those factors were found which have major and minor affect on the company’s performance and competitiveness. Based on their affects and priorities, rankings have been given.
    Keywords: analytical hierarchy process; AHP; competitiveness; technical competency; principle eigenvalue; consistency ratio.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJC.2022.10046822
  • Clusters and sustainable development: a systematic literature review   Order a copy of this article
    by Federica Belfanti, Fernando G. Alberti 
    Abstract: Clusters have been widely recognised, in both academic and policy-oriented literature, as catalysts and supporters of the transition toward social and environmental sustainability. However, connections between the two topics are still not so precise and remains scattered. This paper aims at identifying and depict a landscape of the scientific literature on clusters and sustainable development, through a systematic literature review based on a keyword co-occurrence analysis. Following rigorous selection and screening processes, a total of 245 significant articles were selected for analysis from Scopus database. Findings reveals an increasing interest toward these topics by the academic community and identifies five key research streams, as well as literature gaps opening the way to further research opportunities. This study offers a comprehensive overview of the main insights on which firms, policy makers and institutional intermediaries need to focus in order to allow a real transition towards a more sustainable, cluster-based economy.
    Keywords: cluster; sustainable development; sustainability; creating shared value; CSV; creating shared value; green economy; corporate social responsibility; CSR; corporate social responsibility; competitiveness; systematic literature review; cooccurrence analysis.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJC.2022.10048218
  • Leveraging the symbiotic sustainability business model to understand NGO-corporate alliances: an integrative literature review   Order a copy of this article
    by Saman Sarbazvatan 
    Abstract: The current dominance of NGOcorporate alliances, underlines how partnerships of this kind hold potential for solving problems related to social issues. Such alliances may be deemed an important target of study on how businessnonprofit (B2N) partnerships can meet the SDGs.The purpose of this integrative literature review was to gain greater understanding of a macrolevel conceptualisation of such alliances in order to provide recommendations for further scholarly research on building collaborative partnerships through leveraging the symbiotic sustainability business model. This study was grounded in the concepts of sustainable business models and NGOscorporate alliances. Content analysis of the selected B2N partnerships and the symbiotic sustainability model (SSM) reports and peer-reviewed literature was conducted to obtain the most relevant knowledge of how B2N partnerships can be built through leveraging the symbiotic sustainability business model. The results are presented in the form of conceptual reasoning.
    Keywords: business–non-profit partnerships; business sustainability; integrative literature review; NGO–corporate alliances; shared value creation; social progress; sustainable; development goals; SSM; symbiotic sustainability model.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJC.2022.10049871