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The research program was launched in 1995 with the aim to examine why the performance of the immensely altering micro sphere seemed to contradict the disappointing macroeconomic statistical data in Hungary, a transition country around the time. The initial hypothesis was that the micro sphere of the economy was characterized with much more promising factors than the national economy level statistics suggested. The objective was to discover these factors and evaluate them based on international comparisons. The object of the research was the micro level competitiveness, which was examined by some research projects at various business schools in the United States a couple of years before. Such researches and the approach of the US Competitiveness Policy Council served as models int he course of the research program of the Center.

The structure of the research was built on two dimensions as follows. The first dimension dealing with the business operations was divided into three  spheres: production (material), financial and social spheres. The other dimension of the analysis was concerned with the businesses as organizations approached at different organizational levels. Following this logic, 8 research groups with specific programs were launched led by István Ábel, István Bartók, Attila Chikán, Erzsébet Czakó, Tamás Csányi, Krisztina Demeter, Miklós Dobák and László Zsolnai. An important part of the research was the competitiveness survey addressing 1300 leaders of 325 businesses in Hungary. The Center runs the survey from time to time and its first results are published in a form of an interim report.

The research program was supported by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) Washington, US., the Hungarian National Asset Management Inc., the National Comittee for Technological Development, the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Rural Development, a the Friedrich von Neumann foundation, the Hungarian Management Institute and the Business Economics Scientific Association.

The collaborators, results and ouputs of the research

133 full-time teachers and researchers and more than 100 university students have benn participating in the research program resulting in more than 270 research output – working papers, case studies and reports – that have been sent to more than 3000 addressees. The research program managed to run according to the planned schedule. Research results were published in Economy – Business – Management, Society and Ecnomoy and Management Studies.

Last modified: 2019.03.11.