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The Dynamics of Competitiveness-Interactive Process between Markets and Assets

Interactive Process between Markets and Assets D N Sen Gupta Long-term competitiveness of a firm is reflected in its ability to sustain above normal profitability over time. Firms that remain competitive and profitable over time are likely to exhibit four characteristics, namely, increasing productivity of form and capital, continuous changes in their mix of assets and markets, a steady upgradation in markets and assets, and growth. Moreover, in contrast to equilibrium or life-cycle models, process models, by focusing on the behaviour of firms, provide a flexible analytical framework for studying historical evolution of a firm and understanding why different firms perform differently.

Indian Manufacturing Industry-Growth Episode of the Eighties

Growth Episode of the Eighties D N Sen Gupta This paper reviews the process of growth in Indian manufacturing in the 80s with a view to exploring the broad interlinkages between growth and the various elements that impinge on it, such as demand, productivity, costs and prices, investment, employment, structural change and the balance of commodity trade Introduction IN many ways, the decade of the 80s was one of the most interesting periods in the history of Indian manufacturing industry. During this period, it broke loose from a state of stagnancy that had persisted foi much of the two previous decades. The rate of growth achieved was high not only by Indian standards, but comparable to that of star performers like Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Turkey. Unlike during the first three Five-Year Plans, growth during this period was not externally induced. It came naturally, in response to a relaxation in policy-based constraints to growth and set in motion a number of highly desirable outcomes. Even so, this growth episode was terminated rather abruptly at the end of the decade, when the government resorted to a programme of demand contraction and import compression to tackle a balance of payments (BoP) crisis of unprecedented magnitude.

Long-Term Demand Forecasting-An Approach

An Approach D N Sen Gupta This article does not present any new theories or techniques of long-term demand forecasting. It only describes how Metal Box of India adapted a few well known and extremely simple techniques to prepare a long term forecast of demand for its products, ie, consumer packages of different types made from tinplate, aluminium, paper and board, and plastics.

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