Corporate longevity is - in essence - determined by a company's intrinsic competitive advantage (sometimes dubbed a 'moat') as well as exogenous factors: from business doing ease - to broader, macroeconomic and strategic factors. In this study, we have endeavoured to compare the business environments and corporate sectors of two recent entrants into the European Union: Estonia and Poland. Overall, Estonia, thanks to greater resolve in post-communist liberal transition, Has consistently ensured a superior corporate governance framework. Surprisingly, it is the macroeconomic and strategic steadiness that led to higher corporate survival in Poland. The global economic crisis of 2007-2009 is expected to further back this claim, as the patterns of macroeconomic growth for both countries are set to widen.
Grzegorz Golebiowski, Szkola Glowna Handlowa, Al. Niepodleglosci 162, 02-554 Warszawa, Poland
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