Category Archives: Competitiveness

Clusters: A framework for understanding the inter-linked challenges facing businesses and territories

I have been at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, Canada, for the last couple of weeks. It has been a great experience, teaching on UBC’s new Masters in Management programme, which is led by Mike Chiasson. … Continue reading

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The Spanish Cluster Policy Buzz

Geographically concentrated clusters of firms and other related agents (universities, research centres, training institutes, etc.) have become an extremely popular basis for policies that seek to foster competitiveness. Indeed, it is difficult to find a European country or region that … Continue reading

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Strategies for Shaping Territorial Competitiveness

The issue of territorial strategy is currently extremely popular among regional policy-makers. In Europe this popularity has been stoked by the European Commission’s adoption of the smart specialization concept and insistence that all regions that want to receive structural funds … Continue reading

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Socioeconomic innovation for socioeconomic competitiveness

I have often found the concept of social innovation to be ‘fuzzy’ and confusing, largely because of the different ways in which it is used by different people. A couple of weeks ago I participated in a panel discussion on … Continue reading

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Measuring territorial competitiveness: Why we should look behind the headlines

I was surprised to read in the newspaper earlier this week the headline that the Basque Country, where I live and work, has lost competitiveness since 1999. The surprise was not so much at whether or not this is true, … Continue reading

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Why territories also need a strategy

This week we welcome over 450 delegates from around the world to the Basque Country for the annual global conference of The Competitiveness Institute (TCI Network). This year’s conference seeks to address the critical issue of how to construct place-based … Continue reading

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Employment creation without fast growth

The economic scenario in Spain and throughout most of Europe at the moment is characterised by a depressing mix of low demand, restricted public and private investment, high and rising unemployment, and a general feeling of instability. What is most … Continue reading

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