• Meine Pieter Van Dijk Erasmus University, Rotterdam
Keywords: competiveness, national level, regional level, city level, enterprise competitiveness, cluster competitiveness, promotion policies, factors influencing competitiveness


This paper analyzes factors that determine the competitiveness of countries, cities or regions in a global economy. To stimulate competitiveness authorities and business can use different policies at the different geographical levels (country, región, city, clusters). The objective of this paper is to make countries, cities or regions more competitive in a global economy, by linking them up to global value chains. We will argue that clusters are one way of increasing global competitiveness. Also competitiveness of cluster will be discussed and policies to promote the competitiveness at different levels will be listed. Finally, the factors influencing competitiveness will be analyzed.

Author Biography

Meine Pieter Van Dijk, Erasmus University, Rotterdam

PhD (Economics) from Free University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Erasmus University, Netherlands.

He is an economist and professor of Water Services Management at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, professor of Entrepreneurship at MSM and professor of Urban Management at the Institute of Social Studies and at the Economic Faculty of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (EUR), all in the Netherlands. He is member of the research schools CERES and SENSE. He worked on and in developing countries since 1973 and as a consultant for NGOs, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, different bilateral donors and UN agencies. He recently edited a volume of the International Journal of Water on the role of the private sector in water and sanitation. His recent books are on Managing cities in Ethiopia (eds, with J. Fransen, Delft: Eburon, 2008), Managing cities in developing countries, the theory and practice of urban management (2006, Cheltenham: Edgar Elgar) and with C. Sijbesma (eds., 2006): Water in India (New Delhi: Manohar).

How to Cite
Van Dijk, M. P. (2017). STIMULATING COMPETITIVENESS: ACTUAL ISSUES FOR NATIONAL, REGIONAL, URBAN AND CLUSTERS ADMINISTRATION. The EUrASEANs: Journal on Global Socio-Economic Dynamics, (2(3), 32-39. Retrieved from