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Volume 5 (19) Number 3 pp. 35-49

Krzysztof Obloj

Kozminski University, Warsaw, Poland

Footnotes to organizational competitiveness


The aim of this paper is to enhance our understanding of evolution of the
concept of competitiveness: how it developed and changed over time. The intention is
to review three theoretical and practical reasons that explains why it remains such an
important and elusive concept in the same time. First, competitive advantage in particular
area or activity will always coexist with relative competitive disadvantage of an
organization. Second, organizations can attain competitive advantage in many different
ways, also by luck, and it is very difficult empirically to differentiate one from another.
Third, many of the complications in studies of organizational competitiveness
are results of growing multidimensionality, complexity and fuzziness of organizationenvironment

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Keywords: competitiveness, competitive advantage, competitive disadvantage, strategic management, complexity

DOI: 10.18559/ebr.2019.3.3

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MLA Obloj, Krzysztof. "Footnotes to organizational competitiveness." Economics and Business Review EBR 19.3 (2019): 35-49. DOI: 10.18559/ebr.2019.3.3
APA Obloj, K. (2019). Footnotes to organizational competitiveness. Economics and Business Review EBR 19(3), 35-49 DOI: 10.18559/ebr.2019.3.3
ISO 690 OBLOJ, Krzysztof. Footnotes to organizational competitiveness. Economics and Business Review EBR, 2019, 19.3: 35-49. DOI: 10.18559/ebr.2019.3.3