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Global Competitiveness Network: Frequently Asked Questions

THE NETWORK

  • Where is the Global Competitiveness NEtwork (GCN) based?
  • How can I contact the team?
  • What does the GCN do and what is its goal?
  • What is the GCN famous for?
  • How long has the Network been running?
  • Has the Network's work changed over the years?


    THE NETWORK'S REPORTS

  • What does The Global Competitiveness Report measure?
  • What is the Growth Competitiveness Index?
  • How is the Growth Competitiveness Index calculated?
  • What is the Executive Opinion Survey?
  • What does The Global Information Technology Report measure?
  • What other reports does the GCN produce?
  • What are the Partner Institutes and how are they chosen?
  • What kind of data is obtained for these reports?
  • Why aren’t all countries of the world included?

    GCN AND THE FORUM MISSION
  • How does the GCN contribute to the World Economic Forum's mission to 'improve the state of the world'?
  • What’s planned for the GCN in the future?

    PURCHASING REPORTS
  • How can I get copies of the reports?
  • How can I use the data available on the CD-ROMs?





    Where is the Global Competitiveness Network (GCN) based and how can I contact the team?
    The Global Competitiveness Network is part of the World Economic Forum, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland. Within the Forum, the Network is part of the
    Centre for Strategic Insight.


    How can I contact the team?
    Contact the Network's team by email: gcp@weforum.org. If you'd like to interview any of the Network's economists, email or call the Forum's public affairs team (contact details are in the
    Media Centre).


    What does the GCN do and what is its goal?
    The GCN team focuses on two important areas: reports and workshops. The Network's goal is to help nations improve their economies by publishing its competitiveness research and leading workshops about national and regional competitiveness. Through its work the GCN identifies obstacles to growth and thus helps nations develop strategies to achieve sustained economic progress.


    What is the GCN famous for?
    The Forum’s flagship publication, The Global Competitiveness Report, has become the most authoritative and comprehensive assessment of national economies throughout the world. It is released every autumn/winter and its results are reported by national and international news organizations such as the BBC, Bloomberg, El País, Le Monde, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Newsweek, the Financial Times, Forbes, and many more.


    How long has the Network been running?
    The Global Competitiveness Report is the longest running element of the Network. It was first launched by the founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, Professor Klaus Schwab, in 1979, as a study of leading European economies.





    Has the Network's work changed over the years?
    The reports and
    Growth Competitiveness Index have changed significantly over the years. Experts collaborating with the Forum have introduced new and better ways of measuring a country’s competitiveness condition. Country coverage in the reports has also changed over the years. In 1979, the report covered 16 European countries. It now covers over 100 economies worldwide. In recent years, regional competitiveness reports have been produced with Partner Institutes, and focus on special issues of a region’s competitiveness and growth potential.


    What does The Global Competitiveness Report measure?
    The Global Competitiveness Report evaluates economies' potential to achieve sustained economic growth. This evaluation is extrapolated from the Growth Competitiveness Index.



    What is the Growth Competitiveness Index?
    The Growth Competitiveness Index is drawn from economists’ understanding of the processes of economic growth and development. Publicly available data and survey data from the Executive Opinion Survey are combined to calculate the index.


    How is the Growth Competitiveness Index calculated?
    In the context of the Growth Competitiveness Index (GCI), the process of economic growth is dependent on three key elements: the macroeconomic environment, the quality of public institutions and technology. Subindexes indicate a measure of these three elements.





    What is the Executive Opinion Survey?
    The Executive Opinion Survey is conducted annually, with respondent numbers increasing every year (currently just over 8,000). It captures the perceptions of the leading business and investment decision-makers worldwide (many of whom represent the Forum’s member companies). The results of the Survey are integral to assessing country competitiveness for The Global Competitiveness Report.


    What does the Global Information Technology Report measure?
    The Global Information Technology Report assesses a nation or community’s degree of preparation to participate in, and benefit from, information and communication technology (ICT) developments. This is indicated by the Networked Readiness Index, which evaluates a country’s development and use of ICT.




    What other reports does the GCN produce?
    Reports covering specific regions or topics are also produced. For instance, the Lisbon Review covers European economics specifically in reference to the Lisbon Strategy. Regions covered over the years have been Africa, the Arab World, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia. Topical reports cover Information and Communication Technology (The Global Information Technology Report) and the Environment. Most of these can be bought through this website (
    www.weforum.org/onlinepurchases).



    What are the Partner Institutes and how are they chosen?
    Partner Institutes of the Global Competitiveness Network are, typically, leading national research institutes. They are also business organizations committed to promoting the development of economic competitiveness and productivity to ensure sustainable growth nationally and globally. For each country featured in GCP reports, a Partner Institute is selected by the World Economic Forum to conduct the Executive Opinion Survey among a representative sample of business leaders in their respective countries. Partner Institutes also coordinate with the World Economic Forum to communicate findings to national media.


    What kind of data is used for these reports?
    In addition to the data collected through the Executive Opinion Survey, the Report uses publicly available data from a number of sources, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the United Nations.






    Why aren’t all countries of the world included?
    Data used for calculating the index isn't readily available for many countries. Moreover, since the Forum is a not-for-profit organization, funding available to cover the costs of administering the Executive Opinion Survey is limited.


    How does the GCN contribute to the World Economic Forum's mission to 'improve the state of the world'?
    Advanced economic development is extremely difficult without sustained economic growth which requires robust national competitiveness. The Forum’s competitiveness reports guide business leaders when making investment decisions. They are invaluable tools for policy-makers who are seeking to address the obstacles to economic growth and competitiveness. Through various activities, the GCN serves as a platform for discussion between policy-makers, the business community and academia - all working together to increase competitiveness within countries and across regions.


    What’s planned for the GCN in the future?
    The Global Competitiveness Network will continue to conduct its workshops internationally, and publish its flagship publication, The Global Competitiveness Report. Updated editions of some regional and topical reports are also planned. In general, the GCN will endeavour to produce useful research and reference tools for the public and private sector alike by incorporating the latest research in the field, identifying obstacles to growth and thus helping to improve national economies and the well-being of their citizens.




    How can I get copies of the reports?
    GCN reports are available in print and results of the Executive Opinion Survey are available on CD-ROM. For purchasing information, please go to the
    www.weforum.org/onlinepurchases page. Thank you.

    How can I use the data available on the CD-ROMs?

    The CD-ROMs allow users to search by both country and variable. Results can be displayed in table or chart format. The Executive Opinion Survey findings can be displayed according to average score for each question or by rank.






    Contact us
    For further information on the Global Competitiveness Network, please contact gcp@weforum.org.



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