Top Ten Websites on Competitiveness and Business Development

Martin D. Chrisney, del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, ha reunido una nueva lista con sus sitios favoritos de Internet en los temas de Competitividad y Desarrollo Empresarial. Por ser de gran interés para RedLAC, reproducimos a continuación su mensaje.


After a busy year I decided, rather late, to send out the Top Ten list once again.  These are my favorite websites on competitiveness and business development, based on my highly subjective opinion.

As always I wish everyone a Happy Holiday and great New Year.

Season’s Greetings

Martin D. Chrisney

Top Ten Websites on Competitiveness and Business Development

1. Dr. Jörg Meyer-Stamer

In 2009, we lost a leading thinker, practitioner and friend when Jörg passed away in May.  This is a link to his papers that show his thought leadership on local and regional development topics, industrial policy and clusters, and his special affinity for Latin America and Brazil, in particular.  You can hear podcasts on his career in two parts:  Part I and Part II and see more of his work at Mesopartner, which he founded.

2. World Economic Forum

Still the global benchmark for competitiveness.  This year’s offering includes special reports on Mexico, Brazil and Africa.

3.  The Competitiveness Institute (TCI)

The Competitiveness Institute (TCI) is building a network of practitioners and policymakers around the globe.  This year’s highlights includes the 4th Latin American Cluster Conference (Mendoza, Argentina) and the 12th TCI Annual Global Conference (Jyväskylä 2009).  Next year look for a planned event in Punta Cana in 2010 on Tourism Clusters and Dubai for the Annual Conference.

4. Business Climate, Legal and Institutional Reform

Developed by USAID, the BizCLIR highlights data and information on business climate, including a sobering look at the use and abuse of Doing Business indicators. Also includes an extensive list of “best” practices on everything from customs law to tax simplification.

5. Ireland’s National Competitiveness Council NEW

Once again a test case for policymakers, Ireland’s NCC faces its toughest challenge as economic growth recedes and macro imbalances reappear.  Look at the Annual Report which uses over 140 variables to assess the state of the Irish “miracle”.

6. The 2008 World Bank Group Entrepreneurship Survey and Database NEW

If you search around the WB website you find interesting publications and data sources, yet the information in disperse and poorly organized.  Among the nuggets is the updated Entreprenuership Survey, now in collaboration with the Kauffman Foundation.  The Survey provides a unique set of cross-country data on firms in over 100 developing and industrial countries for the period 2000-2007.

7. Observatorio de Competitividad:  Republica Dominicana Spanish Language content:  This site that offers an example of how to use a web presence to track broad policy initiatives as part of a National Competitiveness Program. It is up-to-date on current legal and institutional changes, and has a great archive as well.

8. Top Entrepreneurship Research & Policy Network (ERPN) Organizations (Beta)

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The Social Science Research Network is the best one-stop source for academic literature and a must read. The list of top research sites on entrepreneurship is the following:

1) NBER, 2) Harvard, 3) European Corporate Governance Institute, 4) Centre for Economic Policy Research, 5) University of Chicago, 6) University of Pennsylvania (new), 7) MIT (new), 8) World Bank (previously #3) 9) Yale (previously #7), 10) University of California (new).

9. Orkestra NEW

A center of excellence of the University of Deusto it concentrates on topics related to clusters, innovation, regional development among others, bringing a global perspective to the issues in the Basque region.  The Institute also has strategic relationships with the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness (ISC) and the European Network on Industrial Policy (Eunip).

10. Wikipedia

The Wikipedia presents English and Spanish text on Competitiveness / Competitividad that are not uniform.   Should we be concerned?

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