Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/180076
Authors: 
Sauka, Arnis
Year of Publication: 
2014
Citation: 
[Journal:] Baltic Journal of Economics [ISSN:] 2334-4385 [Volume:] 14 [Year:] 2014 [Issue:] 1-2 [Pages:] 140-158
Abstract: 
This study makes an empirical contribution by exploring factors that contribute to the competitiveness of Latvian companies. The paper draws on a survey of owner-managers to determine the availability and use of resources and strategies found to be important drivers for firms' competitiveness. Overall, we identify a number of firm-level factors, including involvement in risk-taking behaviour, more extensive use of networking channels, and efficient use of various business strategies as potential sources to increase the competitiveness of Latvian companies. Company owner-managers, however, tend to be more productive in using available human resources, and are satisfied with the availability of physical resources in addition to having a strong export orientation. The study also indicates various shortcomings in the external environment which, as perceived by respondents, are a burden for competitive entrepreneurship activities in the Latvian market. In this light, albeit of an exploratory nature, this study can be used as a source for evidence-based entrepreneurship policies in Latvia and other countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
Subjects: 
competitiveness
entrepreneurship
Latvia
strategies
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Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article

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