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Determinants of firm competitiveness: case of the Turkish textile and apparel industry

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  • Lau, Chi Keung Marco
  • Suvankulov, Farrukh
  • Karabag, Solmaz Filiz

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This article explores determinants of competitiveness in the booming Turkish textile and apparel industry. Using focus groups, nationwide survey data and explanatory factor analysis we identify 27 competitiveness items grouped into eight constructs. According to Turkish managers, the competitiveness of textile and apparel firm is heavily determined by the product differentiation, efforts across foreign markets, and availability of government’s incentive and support programs. In contrast to existing studies, we find little evidence that firm networking in different forms such as close relationship politicians and state employees, clustering, and participating in the industry associations have a large effect on firm competitiveness.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 46974.

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Keywords: firm competitiveness; factor analysis; textile industry; apparel industry; Turkey;

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