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National competitiveness is a measure of the relative ability of a nation to create and maintain an environment in which enterprises can compete so that the level of prosperity can be improved. This paper proposes a methodology for measuring the national competitiveness and uses the 10 Southeast Asian countries for illustration. The basic idea is to deconstruct the complicated concept of national competitiveness to measurable criteria. The observations (data) on the criteria are then aggregated according to their importance to obtain an index of national competitiveness. For data collected from questionnaire surveys, a calibration technique has been devised to alleviate bias due to personal prejudice. In data aggregation, the importance is expressed by both a priori weights and a posteriori weights. These two types of weights consistently show that Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand have the highest national competitiveness, while Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos are the least competitive countries. The performance of each country in every criteria measured also provides directions for these countries to make improvements and for investors to allocate resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-628
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jun 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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