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ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS A ND REGIONAL COMPETITIVENESS: BRIDGING THE CONCEPTUAL GAP (International Conference "Recent Advances in Economic and Social Research", 13-14 mai 2015, București)

Catrinel Cotae ()
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Catrinel Cotae: PhD student, „Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning, Bucharest, Romania

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Abstract: Given the controversial discourse characterising competitiveness, the article aims to present a different perspective regarding the quantification of regional performances. The challenge addressed here is that of a too extensive conceptual background that although characterised by pluri-perspectivism in approached, it is still not providing consistent evidence to define a clear connection between competitiveness levels and risk factors. Existing literature focuses on presenting complicated taxonomies for environmental risks, mitigation mechanisms partly addressing the worrisome trends of resource depletion and ecosystem erosion. In search for a method to include a new set of risk factors and in an attempt to identify which of those account for the economic stagnation or decline of a region in terms of competitiveness level, a conceptual clarification is needed. After reflecting on the existing perspectives in the field, a couple of prerequisites for a conceptual framework are provided, positing that environmental risk for the business level can be better understood conceptually at firm level and approached for operational purposes on a regional level. The study henceforth coagulates the conceptual links between environmental risks [ER] and the overall level of regional competitiveness providing insight on the corporate strategy dimensionality of sustainability and productive dependence. Subsequently, on one hand, it is possible to provide a set of key principles acting as building blocks for assessment purposes and on the other, to present an alternative conceptual construct.

Keywords: environmental risks; regional performance; competitiveness; operational; mitigation. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R11 R12 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 10 pages
Date: 2015-12
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