Challenges facing Taiwan, the Asian Tiger

This case is about Taiwan’s competitiveness. It looks into how Taiwan achieved great economic progress and adresses its current economic and political challenges.

Abstract: Taiwan emerged as an Asian Tiger from being a poor country with limited resources in the 1950s to become a major technology hub in the 2000s. Today the newly elected President Tsai Ing-wen faces a number of challenges, led by the instability of political relations with the People’s Republic of China, and the insufficient capacity of Taiwanese industries to innovate. This case aims to help students understand the key factors behind Taiwan’s economic miracle and make them think about possible solutions to tackle the current challenges.


Hieu Le, corresponding author, International Business student from JAMK University of Applied Sciences, School of Business, lehieu30794 (at)

Murat Akpinar, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, School of Business, Rajakatu 35, 40200, Jyväskylä, Finland, murat.akpinar (at)

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