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Competitiveness Grid and Themes

  • SME Competitiveness Grid

    The grid summarizes the concept of competitiveness in its pillars (horizontal dimension) and levels (vertical dimension). A description of the themes below summarizes what is the objective of questions by theme:

    • Quantity and Cost Requirements - This theme is split into two parts: quantity and cost requirements. The first part assesses the production competence of firms, i.e. whether they are able to produce to meet demand and do so in a resource efficient way. The second part assess whether firms have systems to keep track of their costs, and if the inputs they use are at low cost. At the immediate business environment, the accessibility to electricity, fuels and water affects is assessed. At the national environment, the quality of infrastructure and trade policy (tariffs faced and applied) is assessed.
    • Time Requirements - This theme assesses whether firms deliver goods and services on time. At the immediate business environment, the efficiency of logistics services companies and suppliers is assessed. At the national environment, the efficiency of customs, tracking and delivery across the economy is assessed.
    • Certification and Standards - This theme assesses whether firms hold either domestic or international safety, quality, or performance certificates. At the immediate business environment, the ease with which information on standards is accessible and the efficiency of certification bodies is assessed. At the national level, the impact of product specification regulation is assessed.
    • Competitors - This theme assesses the competitive position of firms. At the immediate business environment, the competitive intensity the firm faces is assessed, while at the national environment competition regulation is assessed.
    • ICT Requirements - This theme assesses the ICT competencies of firms. At the immediate business environment, the efficiency of network connections is assessed. At the national environment the overall use and access to ICT by the country is assessed.
    • Linkages with Customers - This theme assesses to what extent firms reach their customers through advertising and trade fairs, and understand their expectations. At the immediate business environment the availability of market information and the efficiency of advertising companies is assessed. At the national environment, the impact of advertising regulation is assessed.
    • Linkages with Businesses - This theme assesses the extent to which firms are in contact with business associations. At the immediate business environment, it assess the efficiency of business associations and the extent to which firms are in contact with one another. At the national environment, the extent to which the government listens to the views of businesses is assessed.
    • Linkages with Institutions - This theme assesses the extent to which firms are in direct contact with institutions (government, academia, etc.). At the immediate business environment, the efficiency of services offered by these institutions is assessed, while at the national environment government responsiveness is assessed.
    • Financing Requirements - This theme assesses the capability of firms to manage their finances using a bank account, to forecast future financial needs, and to be able to request a loan if needed. At the immediate business environment, access to financial institutions is assessed, while at the national environment financial regulation as well as key macro-economic indicators are assessed.
    • Skills Requirements - This theme assesses the capability of firms to plan their future skills requirements and whether they invest in upgrading the skillset of staff. At the immediate business environment, the extent to which the economy supplies an appropriately skilled workforce is assessed, while at the national environment labor regulations are assessed.
    • Intellectual Property Requirements - This theme assesses firms' knowledge of IP procedures, and whether they hold patents. At the immediate business environment, the availability of information on IP procedures and the efficiency of IP registration bodies are assessed. At the national environment, IP regulation is assessed.
    • Innovation Requirements - This theme assesses the extent to which firms invest resources in R&D and whether they have recently improved products and processes. At the immediate business environment, the extent to which research networks are leveraged by firms is assessed. At the national environment, the country's research performance is assessed.


     

  • SME Competitiveness Outlook 2016

    smeco 2016

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