World Competitiveness Center

Dedicated to the advancement of knowledge on world competitiveness
Competitiveness determines how countries, regions and companies manage their competencies to achieve long-term growth, generate jobs and increase welfare. Competitiveness is therefore a way towards progress that does not result in winners and losers - when two countries compete, both are better off.
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World Competitiveness Ranking 2021

Europe displays regional strength in world competitiveness ranking while Singapore slips

Innovation, digitalization, welfare benefits and social cohesion are key to economic performance in 2021 ranking which see Switzerland (1st), Sweden (2nd), Denmark (3rd), Netherlands (4th), Singapore (5th)

Top-performing economies are characterized by varying degrees of investment in innovation, diversified economic activities, and supportive public policy, according to the experts at the World Competitiveness Center.

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Europe dominates, China rises, and the US remains stable in 2021 World Competitiveness Ranking
Topics: Communication
17 June 2021

Switzerland has come top for the first time in the 33-year history of IMD’s World Competitiveness Ranking, in a year that reflected the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on economic…

The Right Place
Topics: Competitiveness
By Arturo Bris - 29 July 2021
The Right Place explains why firms succeed in one country and fail in another, irrespective of their inner drivers, and suggest potential initiatives that governments can take to help the private sector create jobs and,…
Too much focus on fiscal policy and failure to unite citizens spell economic failure, agree panel of experts
Topics: Competitiveness, Economics, Politics
By Arturo Bris - 17 June 2021

Taiwan remains one of the most successful economies to tackle the dual problem of the health and economic crisis of the past 18 months and entered the top ten for the first time since 2012 in the IMD World…

There’s a lot to admire about China, but not much to copy from it – yet
Topics: Economics, China, Entrepreneurship
By Arturo Bris - 12 February 2021

China is set to become the world economic power of the 21stcentury. A booming corporate sector in the most populated country in the world, with the horsepower provided by a dominant public sector, it has moved the…

6 min. read
What drives an economy to be highly talent competitive?
Topics: Competitiveness
By Christos Cabolis - 19 November 2020
Last week, the IMD World Competitiveness Center, launched the final ranking for 2020: the IMD World Talent Ranking! It captures the capacity of an economy to develop as well as attract talent to strengthen its…
The hidden impact of COVID-19
Topics: Competitiveness, Economics
By Christos Cabolis and José Caballero - 20 October 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc around the world, concerns have largely been focussed on its immediate impact on economies and health-systems. Lockdowns have led to business bankruptcies, particularly in the micro-…
Blockchain could return us to travel: here’s what you need to know
Topics: Digital, Data Analytics, Technology Management
By Arturo Bris - 3 August 2020
Blockchain technology could be our ticket to safe travel in the new COVID-era normal, allowing us to board a plane feeling safer from the virus that we do in the street, says panel of experts including Professor Arturo…
5 min. read
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