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Modelling competitive advantage of nation: a literature review

Muhammad Hanafi (School of Business and Management, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia)
Dermawan Wibisono (School of Business and Management, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia)
Kuntoro Mangkusubroto (School of Business and Management, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia)
Manahan Siallagan (School of Business and Management, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia)
Mila Jamilah Khatun Badriyah (School of Business and Management, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia)

Competitiveness Review

ISSN: 1059-5422

Article publication date: 17 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to create a mapping of competitive advantage of nations (CAN) from research using some previous studies and recommend future research.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper applies a systematic literature review on the most recent studies of CAN. The research gap is analysed based on several categories: implication (strategy and policy, portrait); general characteristics (fundamental issues, indicators and patterns); solution methodology and strategic level (nation and industry). Then, the state-of-the-art analysis is used to develop future research.

Findings

The results of this study recommend future research of CAN based on the following CAN categories: implication (strategy and policy, portrait); general characteristics (fundamental issues, indicators and patterns); solution methodology and strategic level (nation and industry).

Research limitations/implications

This literature review has important implications and gives direction for research and teaching, as well as for further investigation of CAN. The limitation lies in the classification of patterns, which requires further study to avoid the ambiguity of grouping.

Originality/value

This is the first literature review about CAN using categories. It is of value in building future research of CAN in different industries and nations.

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Acknowledgements

This literature review research is self-funded by the first author for the entire research process.

Citation

Hanafi, M., Wibisono, D., Mangkusubroto, K., Siallagan, M. and Badriyah, M.J.K. (2017), "Modelling competitive advantage of nation: a literature review", Competitiveness Review, Vol. 27 No. 4, pp. 335-365. https://doi.org/10.1108/CR-06-2016-0031

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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