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Sustainability in Sweden: reflections from Zhang and London
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
2013 (English)In: Competitive forum, USA, 2013, Vol. 11, no 1, 134-141 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Purpose: To report on how sustainable development can be considered as one of the elements for industrial competitiveness in a country in which sustainable development has some priority.  

Method: The research is both exploratory and qualitative in nature and utilizes an in-depth case study approach to the Swedish international economy as might be reflected by Zhang and London’s International Sustainable Industrial Competiveness (ISIC) Model.  Information drawn from current secondary information has been complemented by personal contemporaneous observations of individuals in the country of interest.

Findings: Sweden does very well in nine of the ten categories the EU uses to measure sustainable development progress.  Growth of gross domestic product, low risk of poverty, good employment rate of older workers and excellent health statistics suggests that short term competitive situation has not been hurt.   

Practical implications: Insofar as Sweden might be a model for other countries interested in extending their efforts in sustainable development, observations here provide some insights into possible results.

Originality/value: The association of real-world observations with theory well serves underlying concepts and cannot help but build credibility of those concepts and theory.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
USA, 2013. Vol. 11, no 1, 134-141 p.
Keyword [en]
Sustainable development (SD), Porter’s Diamond Model, International Sustainable Industrial Competiveness (ISIC) Model, Swedish competiveness
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-83040OAI: diva2:664709
The American Society of Competitiveness (ASC) 24th Annual Conference, November 7-9, 2013, Pittsburgh PA
Available from: 2013-11-16 Created: 2013-11-16 Last updated: 2014-02-10Bibliographically approved

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