'Picking winners' in a liberal market economy: modern day heresy - or essential strategy for competitive success?

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Konzelmann, Suzanne J. ; Fovargue-Davies, M. (2013)
  • Publisher: Cambridge Centre for Business Research
  • Subject: man

This paper explores the current debate about industrial strategy and the UK’s \ud hesitant acceptance of a possible role for the state in addressing the challenges \ud confronting British industry in the wake of the 2007/8 financial crisis. In this \ud context – and following the 2012 London Summer Games – political leaders \ud have been pointing to the strategy that succeeded in reversing the British \ud Olymic team’s fortunes following its nadir at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games; \ud and they are suggesting that there may be lessons for industry. However, the \ud political rhetoric has yet to be translated into action. Analysis of the elite sport \ud strategy, in the light of the evolving literature on industrial strategy and policy \ud suggests that although there are details that are specific to sport, there are also \ud aspects of the general strategic approach that can be used to inform the design \ud and implementation of a strategy aimed at developing and improving the \ud international competitive performance of UK industrial sectors and \ud manufacturers. The significance of the UK elite sport strategy is that it was \ud evolved and successfully implemented in the British social, political and \ud economic context, building on and improving existing institutional capabilities.
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