Determinants of International Competitiveness: A Comparative Study of the Sugar Industry in Australia, Brazil, and the European Union

Banerjee, Shantanu (2005) Determinants of International Competitiveness: A Comparative Study of the Sugar Industry in Australia, Brazil, and the European Union. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


The dissertation involves an investigation into the circumstances of international competitiveness and how it is pursued by firms from different sugar producing and marketing nations. Understanding of competitiveness has primarily been pursued in terms of economic variables and market conditions. The roles of the government, the socio-cultural-political context in international business, and their effects on competitiveness have largely been ignored. This study integrates perspectives from strategic management, the resource-based view of the firm, and international business to propose a conceptual framework of international competitiveness. The work advances understanding of competitiveness in international business in two ways. First, it develops a conceptual framework that captures the socio-political element of a nation's industry and the crucial role it plays in achieving international competitiveness. Second, it combines firm, industry, strategy, and socio-political influences. Those are involved in a multi-level hierarchical process between firms, industry and the nation that effectively generates competitiveness. The dissertation employs a qualitative method of comparative analysis between Australia, Brazil and the European Union, which are the three dominant sugar producing and exporting economies in the world. A series of propositions are presented on the four identified influences on international competitiveness. How firms from different nations pursue these is highlighted. After considering the varied approaches for attaining international competitiveness, implications for further research and for theory, policy and practice are outlined.

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ID Code: 16032
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: McGovern, Mark & Boyce, Gordon
Keywords: Competitiveness, Sugar, Production and Marketing Regimes, Australia, Brazil, European Union, Conceptual Framework
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Department: Faculty of Business
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Shantanu Banerjee
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:55
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:40

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