The objectives of this research are to study the core elements affecting the international competitive advantages of the business organizations and industries in Udonthani and to study the problems and obstacles emerged in the business competition. The study was qualitative research using in-depth interview of which the key informants were the administrators in the Federation of Thai Industries, the Council of Provincial Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Commerce. The research results showed that the core elements of gaining international competitive advantages of business and industries in Udonthani composes of the following factors: the province has abundant agricultural raw materials, natural resources, infrastructures, as well as natural and cultural attractions. The province also has capital and entrepreneurs’ potential in regional trade. It is also center of various kinds of large wholesale and retail. Udonthani also uses Adaptative Strategy: Prospector Strategy. However, Udonthani still lacks the integration of tourism industry and industry clusters to support the competition among ASEAN Community while neighboring countries have built Special Economic Zones in nearby areas with a lot of foreign investments. It is recommended in this study that the government should promote industries by their clusters, support wholesale and retail of Thai products, activate the cross border Excellence Trading Center to be the base of the surrounding provinces. This is to prepare for the Chinese railway which is built to connect these areas, the road of the Greater Mekong Sub-regional Countries, and ASEAN Community.
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