Determinants of firm competitiveness : case of the Turkish textile and apparel industry

Solmaz Filiz Karabag, Marco Chi Keung Lau, Farrukh Suvankulov

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    This article explores different determinants of competitiveness in the booming textile and apparel industry of Turkey. By using focus groups, survey data, and explanatory factor analysis, we have identified 27 competitive items grouped into eight constructs. According to Turkish managers, the competitiveness of textile and apparel firm is heavily determined by product differentiation, efforts across foreign markets, and availability of government incentives. In contrast to existing studies, we find little evidence that networking in different forms, such as close relationship politicians and state employees, clustering, and participating in the industry associations, have a major impact on a firm competitiveness.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-11
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of the Textile Institute
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2014

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