Production Technology and Competitiveness In the Hungarian Manufacturing Industry

Artner, Annamária (2005) Production Technology and Competitiveness In the Hungarian Manufacturing Industry. Acta Oeconomica, 55 (3). pp. 317-340. ISSN 0001-6373


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Following the big transformations of the 1990s, enterprise structure and technological level seem to have become stabilised in Hungary. Under these circumstances it is especially interesting to identify the elements responsible for competitiveness in general, and the role technology plays in development in particular, according to managers experienced in production and marketing. This empirical study – based on in-depth interviews and field research – summarises characteristics of the technological level in the sectors examined, role of technology and labour in production, effects of foreign direct investment, relations between competition and firm-level factors determining competitiveness, and concludes by summing up those most frequently mentioned proposals that should be incorporated into economic policy according to managers. Main findings indicate that more qualified, more intensive and cheaper labour can be substituted for high technology. The competitiveness of an enterprise is not determined by technology alone, but rather by a combination of technology, the parameters of available labour and the costs of investment increasing productivity. The insufficiency of inter-company relations, together with a shortage of available assets necessary for investment constitute the major threat undermining the competitiveness of enterprises in present-day Hungary.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: technology transfer, competitiveness, human capital, skill, R&D, investment policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences / társadalomtudományok > HB Economic Theory / közgazdaságtudomány > HB2 Microeconomics / mikroökonómia
H Social Sciences / társadalomtudományok > HM Sociology / társadalomkutatás > HM3 Subsystems of global societies / társadalmi alrendszerek
Depositing User: Dr Annamária Artner
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2013 07:29
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2017 09:59

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