Competitiveness, Productivity and Externalization: Food versus Autos in Catalonia

37 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2009

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Pankaj Ghemawat

University of Navarra, IESE Business School; New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Date Written: July 6, 2009

Abstract

This paper re-examines the innovation-productivity nexus on the basis of a paired comparison between Catalonia's food and auto sectors. The sectoral studies expose a set of productivity enhancement mechanisms that do not involve innovation in the sense of anything new to the world, that are grouped under the rubric of renovation and comprise: - Reaching efficient scale - Rectifying (other) obvious internal deficiencies - Replicating or imitating innovations, techniques, etc., developed by others - Replacement of inefficient incumbents by more efficient entrants - Redeployment of resources across sectors The paper also discusses the implications of this broader perspective for industrial policy, and for internationalization.

Keywords: Productivity, Innovation, Industrial Policy, Internationalization, Globalization, Strategy

Suggested Citation

Ghemawat, Pankaj, Competitiveness, Productivity and Externalization: Food versus Autos in Catalonia (July 6, 2009). IESE Business School Working Paper No. 803. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1482967 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1482967

Pankaj Ghemawat (Contact Author)

University of Navarra, IESE Business School ( email )

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Barcelona, 08034
Spain

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business ( email )

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New York, NY
United States

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