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Capacities and Competencies as Sources of Competitive Advantage: The Case Study of Latvian Hotels


  • Ilona Baumane

    (University of Latvia)

  • Rebekka Vedina

    () (University of Tartu; ESADE, Ramon Llull University)


This paper focuses on describing how capacities and competences could be use for achieving a sustainable competitive advantage within hotels management since tourism has gained a special position in the export of services and regional development and entrepreneurship in Latvia, and played a significant role in the rapid transition from ineffective planning to full-scale competition. In this study the focus is on Latvian hotels, since hospitality industry and tourism in general mirror the development of this country, presenting the process through which competencies and capacities can be used as determinants of the competitive advantage.

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  • Ilona Baumane & Rebekka Vedina, 2011. "Capacities and Competencies as Sources of Competitive Advantage: The Case Study of Latvian Hotels," REVISTA DE MANAGEMENT COMPARAT INTERNATIONAL/REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE MANAGEMENT, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 12(2), pages 301-318, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:rom:rmcimn:v:12:y:2011:i:2:p:301-318

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    Cited by:

    1. Inga Jansone & Irina Voronova, 2014. "Risks Impact on the Accommodation and Food Services: The Case of Latvia," Eurasian Journal of Economics and Finance, Eurasian Publications, vol. 2(2), pages 45-62.

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    competitive advantage; hotels; capacities; competencies; tourism.;

    JEL classification:

    • L69 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Other
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General


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