CEPAL Review

Cepal Review is the leading journal for the study of economic and social development issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. Edited by the Economic Commission for Latin America, each issue focuses on economic trends, industrialization, income distribution, technological development and monetary systems, as well as the implementation of economic reform and transfer of technology. Written in English and Spanish (Revista de la Cepal), each tri-annual issue offers approximately 12 studies and essays undertaken by authoritative experts or gathered from conference proceedings.

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Systemic competitiveness: A new challenge for firms and for government

This article analyses the concept of systemic competitiveness by examining its determining factors and the way in which they interrelate. The author puts forward the view that industrial competitiveness is the product of the complex and dynamic interaction between four social and economic levels in a national system, namely: the micro level, consisting of enterprises, many of them interlinked in mutual assistance networks, which aim to achieve simultaneously efficiency, quality, flexibility and speed of response; the meso level, corresponding to the State and social actors, which develop specific support policies, promote the establishment of structures and coordinate learning processes at the level of society; the macro level, where pressure is exerted on the enterprises through performance requirements; and finally, the level referred to in this article as the “meta” level, which is made up of solid basic patterns of legal, political and economic organization, an adequate social capacity for organization and integration, and the capacity of the actors to achieve strategic integration.

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