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This study aims at setting the theoretical basis for the analysis of industrial competitiveness as well as providing practical guidelines for undertaking the evaluation of such an issue. It suggests that competitiveness is dynamic and relative. It is concerned with the changing market position of different technologies and firms, and with the policies and actions which generate those changes. For the evaluator charged with assessing the impact of EC R&D programmes, a number of practical guides are proposed, including: (i) to ensure that there is a clear understanding of the way in which programme and project objectives are intended to impact on competitive performance; (ii) to provide contextual information but not to expect it to be linked directly to the effect of programmes; (iii) to ensure that the motives of firms are clearly understood, and give weight to the impact on their behaviour; (iv) to ensure that actions are adapted to the specific circumstances of programmes. This brief review exposes the need for a more detailed understanding of the competitive process and in particular its relation to the policies and actions which constitute the Framework Programme.

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Authors: METCALFE J S, CEC Bruxelles (BE);GEORGHIOU L, CEC Bruxelles (BE);CUNNINGHAM P, CEC Bruxelles (BE);CAMERON H M, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14198 EN (1992) 44 pp., FS, ECU 6
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-3818-9
Record Number: 199210905 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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