Strategy and Industrial Competitiveness

Currently, a large national study of industrial competitiveness, taking a global industrial knowledge hub perspective, titled "A Knowledge-based Norway", is under work, mobilizing researchers from BI, Menon Business Economics, IRIS, SNF and other research institutions. For more information see: www.ekn.no

The study is the third large industrial competitiveness study of Norwegian industry, and all three studies have been funded by a consortium of the key public and private industrial actors and policy makers, including several Norwegian Ministries, the Norwegian Research Council, Innovation Norway, Norwegian Employers' Federation (NHO) and the National Trade Unions (LO). Strategy studies firms and industries in their competitive and competence environment, and draws normative implications for strategic management and industrial policies.

Strategic analysis can take place at four levels of analysis: (1) Industrial analysis of industries, industrial clusters, industrial knowledge hubs and industrial regions, (2) Competitive analysis of firms in their competitive markets, (3) Value configuration analysis of value chains, value networks and value shops, and (4) Strategic core analysis of core technologies, core competences and strategic relationships.

Strategy can also be divided into corporate strategy and business strategy, focusing issues of ownership, strategic portfolios, and corporate governance on one hand, and issues of firm competitive and competence positioning on the other hand. Studies of strategic adaptation, strategic change and innovation are central issues within strategy.