The present research program encompasses the efforts of a relevant group of researchers interested in the study and development of the competitiveness of Spanish firms. This is a complex question to analyze if we take into account the heterogeneous set of factors that may influence firm competitiveness and the strong interactions between them. For this reasons it is very useful to coordinate a set of experienced researcher who, having a commong knowledge base, provide a complementary perspective of the problem under analysis. In this sense this project integrates researchers that are experts in the analysis of different areas of the firm, who employ a wide array of analytical tools (e.g. game theory, microeconometrics, experiments) and who have developed complete databases, to produce rigorous theoretical and empirical research.
The joint research work done in the past has produced significant contributions to the knowledge base about the factors that determine firm competitiveness. The present coordinated research project seeks to continue with this research effort in order to consolidate a research group that will be competitive in international forums. Given the complexity of the analysis involved in the past we have created several complementary tracks that this project attemps to develop further and extend with the incorporation of other related aspects. In particular we will explore five tracks around the factors that define firm competitiveness: the influence of technology and organizational innovation; the importance of human resources management; the role of the ownership structure, specially of stable owners; the relevance of stakeholders and the legal environment; entrepreneurship and family business.
The final goal is to advance in the knowledge of the interdependencies between technological change, human resource management, ownership structure and corporate governance practices, the firm's
financial and legal environment (...)