Competitiveness - The disconnect between policy and practice

Kamal Qazi, A. C. Chinta, Z. McClelland

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It is argued that regional policy should be derived from the local firms and their needs for developing competitiveness. Firms are symbolic concepts of social systems that are intertwined in structures of power and domination. In this instance, where the focus of interest was the connection and disconnection of policy and practice in the context of competitiveness as viewed by the practitioner, the choice of appropriate theory was structured by the need to tread a fine line between deterministic accounts of practice by the agent and individualistic accounts which neglect the contextual importance of the practitioner. This implied that views on firms that are primarily systematic, structural or processual must be rejected for this study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritish Academy of Management (BAM2017) Conference proceedings
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBritish Academy of Management
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2017
EventBritish Academy of Management 2017 - University of Warrick, Coventry, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Sept 20178 Sept 2017


ConferenceBritish Academy of Management 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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