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The paper re-examines a hypothesis that multinational enterprise (MNE) subsidiaries in Poland make a significant contribution to host country competitiveness by raising overall export performance. Multiple indicators based on UNCTAD methodology are used by the authors to analyze Poland's export competitiveness and link this competitiveness to MNE subsidiaries export propensity and innovativeness. They find a confirmation of the positive impact of MNEs on the Polish export sector that has substantially strengthened the country's capacity to compete in world markets and speeded up the transition process to the market-led system.

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The present study attempted to combine both the micro- and macroeconomic perspectives, investigating Poland’s export competitiveness as well as competitiveness of exporting firms: foreign-owned versus domestic. It generally followed the UNCTAD approach with respect to the multidimensional treatment of the “export competitiveness” construct, analyzing a range of competitiveness indicators. At the same time, it combined the typical approach identified in the literature review of comparatively analyzing export propensity of MNE subsidiaries and domestic firms.

Marian Gorynia
Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Poznaniu

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This page is a summary of: Multinational Enterprises and the Competitiveness of Transitional Host Economies, Journal of Transnational Management, April 2007, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1300/j482v12n02_03.
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