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Global competitiveness, human capital, and Hofstede’s cultural dimensions: Does culture influence national competitiveness?
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Economics.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Economics.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

National economic competitiveness is a major concern to governments, firms, and individuals in an increasingly globalised world. Culture is known affect economic competitiveness, but there is little existing research that links Hofstede’s cultural dimensions with the Human Capital Indicators in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index. U-blox is an international firm with offices around the world. The firm has grown through acquisitions and has become a key player in the wireless communication and positioning semiconductors business. The chosen topic will study the cultural aspects of a selected group of u-blox subsidiaries. The values in a workplace are in fact influenced by culture and by their human capital. Using Hofstede’s dimensions to analyse the cultural factors, it is possible to study the international context of the human capital in each subsidiary by using reliable international indicators provided in the Global Competitiveness Index. 

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2016. , 45 p.
Keyword [en]
economic competitiveness, Hofstede, culture, world economic forum, human capital
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-13238OAI: diva2:1033472
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IY2578 Master's Thesis (60 credits) MBA
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IYABA MBA programme
Available from: 2016-10-18 Created: 2016-10-07 Last updated: 2016-10-18Bibliographically approved

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