Session 110

Global Competition

Track A

Date: Friday, March 11, 2011


Time: 14:15 – 15:30


Room: Room 1-011

Session Chair:

  • Sergio Lazzarini, Insper

Title: Competitive Strategy and State-Sponsored Capitalism: The Development of a Brazilian Shipbuilding Cluster


  • Frank DuBois, American University
  • Marcos Primo, Universidade Federal De Pernambuco

Abstract: The success of the BRIC countries in weathering the economic storms of the 2007 – 2010 period has generated attention on the initiatives that governments can take to reduce the negative consequences of an unfettered free market. State Sponsored capitalism is an economic model that relies on the role of a central government to decide winner and losers and support chosen firms and industries with generous subsidies, tax benefits and other competitive advantages to which non-favored firms or industries may not have access (Bremmer 2010). In this research we analyze the development of the Suape shipbuilding industrial cluster in northeastern Brazil and the lessons that state involvement has for similar initiatives. We use Porter’s Industrial Cluster Theory (ICT) as the conceptual framework to guide this research.

Title: Doing Different in the Global Apparel Value Chain: Evidences from Brazilian Fashion Apparel Companies


  • Marcelo Pinto, Sinos Valley University
  • Yeda Swirski de Souza, University of the Sinos Valley

Abstract: Most of the studies about the global apparel value chain highlight the industrial mass production process to explain the apparel value chain upgrading, configuration and coordination. However, most of them do not take into account the fashion ingredient and very few discuss the consequences of fashion on apparel value chain strategies. The intention of this proposal is to emphasize the fashion ingredient and its implication to the apparel value-adding production process and to the configuration and coordination of this chain. By focusing on a cultural and creative industry perspective, we have developed a conceptual structure to explain fashion apparel activities that show the cultural intersection and fashion divide on global apparel value chain.

Title: Global Competitiveness of Nascent Technology Firms in Emerging Nations


  • David Major, Indiana University

Abstract: Increasingly nascent technology firms face a hyper-competitive field of new entrants that continually shift and change markets through their actions. The focus of this work is on the competitive behavior of young technology ventures as they vie for performance in newly formed industries in diverse locations (such as start-ups in San Telmo in Argentina and Suntec City in Singapore). These ventures represent an exciting class of entrepreneurial firms that compounds the level of difficulty faced by new firms in existing industries, with the doubly challenging struggle for survival as new firms in new industries. Moreover the emerging technology industry landscape transcends country borders as these firms of multiple nations compete globally and are subject to a host of non-market institutional forces. This study uses a competitive dynamics lens to investigate factors impacting the global competitiveness of these nascent technology ventures in emerging nations.

Title: Path-Dependent and Path-Breaking Behavior in the Brazilian and Spanish Footwear Industries


  • Renato de Mello, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to compare the trajectories of the Spanish and the Brazilian footwear industries to understand how the first broke from path dependence while the second did not. Both industries have played a dominant role in the international footwear market and faced price competition from other countries in different moments of their history. In fact, the Brazilian footwear industry challenged the dominant position of the Spanish industry in the 1970s and 1980s offering better price-quality relationship to international buyers, thus forcing Spanish firms to reposition themselves, or to disappear.

Title: When in Rio, Do as the Cariocas Do?


  • Liisa Valikangas, Aalto University
  • Satu Teerikangas, Helsinki University of Technology
  • Mikko Koria, Aalto University

Abstract: Architects and interior designers as professions specialize in the design of built space. Office design has long been of interest to companies seeking to foster innovation. Yet management as a discipline has paid scarce attention to the role our surroundings play in fostering innovative behavior. In this article, we develop initial ideas on spatial materiality, that is, the role of place in multinational innovative behavior. It is said that “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. Beyond acting local, (and perhaps thinking global), we seek to explicate the differing characteristics of cities like Rio de Janeiro, Helsinki and London that are pertinent to multinational innovation in particular.

All Sessions in Track A...

Fri: 11:30 – 12:45
Session 103: CSR and Environmental Issues in Emerging Markets
Session 111: Performance Issues
Session 114: Internationalization Strategies
Session 117: Learning in Emerging Markets
Session 120: The Characteristics and Effects of the BRIC Economies as Hubs for Regional Economic Development
Fri: 14:15 – 15:30
Session 102: Resources in Emerging Markets
Session 106: Multilatina FDI Strategies
Session 110: Global Competition
Session 112: CSR and Environmental Issues
Session 124: Research Methods for the Study of Competitive Advantage
Fri: 15:30 – 16:45
Session 101: Institutions in Emerging Markets
Session 104: Alliances and Networks
Session 105: Knowledge and Innovation
Session 108: Knowledge and Resources
Session 115: Developing Country Firms
Sat: 10:45 – 12:00
Session 107: Multilatina Performance
Session 113: CEOs and Other Human Resources
Session 123: Banks and their Influence
Session 125: Reviewing Latin America’s Strategic Role in Global Development
Session 126: Publishing and Not Perishing: Strategies for Publishing in Top Journals
Sat: 15:45 – 17:00
Session 100: Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets
Session 109: Social Issues and Local Development
Session 116: Emerging Market Institutional Reform
Session 118: Management Innovation in Emerging Markets
Session 127: Teaching in Latin America

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