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Innovation, Human Capital and Trade Competitiveness

How Are They Connected and Why Do They Matter?

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This work focuses on researching and establishing the importance of human capital and innovation as determinants of competitive advantages in international trade. It features 12 in-depth country case studies from Europe, Asia, and the Americas.


Titel: Innovation, Human Capital and Trade Competitiveness
Autoren/Herausgeber: Marzenna Anna Weresa (Hrsg.)
Aus der Reihe: Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management
Ausgabe: 2014

ISBN/EAN: 9783319020716
Originaltitel: Kapitał ludzki i innowacyjność jako czynniki długookresowych przewag konkurencyjnych w handlu międzynarodowym. Wnioski dla Polski
Originalsprache: Polnisch

Seitenzahl: 486
Format: 23,5 x 15,5 cm
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Gewicht: 913 g
Sprache: Englisch

Marzenna Anna Weresa, PhD, is a professor of the World Economy Research Institute at the Warsaw School of Economics (Poland), and the Institute’s director. She holds D.Sc. in Economics (habilitation, 2003) and PhD degree in Economics (1995) from the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland. In 1999-2000 she worked as a research fellow at the University College London. She also was a Visiting Professor at the University of Leicester in the UK and at the Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago (USA). She has been working as an expert for the European Commission (projects on R&D, innovation and technological competitiveness) and conducted advisory projects for enterprises and governmental organizations. Her research focuses on innovation, technology transfer and foreign direct investment. She authored and co-authored over 80 books and scientific articles.

This work focuses on researching and establishing the importance of human capital and innovation as determinants of competitive advantages in international trade—in the context of rapidly evolving technological advancement, globalization, and economic integration. The processes that accompany the shift from industrial economics to a knowledge-based economy are currently the object of interest of both scientists, politicians, investors and entrepreneurs. In many countries, the traditional sources of socioeconomic development, such as low labor costs, availability of inexpensive raw materials, and favorable geographic location are waning. These economies are searching for new sources of competitive advantage that will allow for maintaining growth, among other things by boosting participation in international trade.The book explores non-traditional drivers of competitiveness in both theory and practice. First, chapters 1 through 4 present theoretical and methodological aspects of the relationships among international trade, human capital and innovation. Here the authors address the controversy associated with the concept of competitiveness itself and its measurement, while paying special attention to the political development of comparative advantages related to international trade. The second part of the monograph, chapters 5 through 8, is of empirical nature. This section contains case studies of selected countries that represent models of various national innovation systems. Finally, the theoretical and practical aspects are integrated, allowing policymakers and financial and business leaders to consider how their decisions can influence their countries’ competitive positions through their investments in innovation and human capital.

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