Competitiveness School

Summer edition of the Competitiveness School 2019

Scheduled from the 17th to the 21st of June, the 2019 Competitiveness Summer School returns to Barcelona. Set-up by the European Foundation for Cluster Excellence and hosted by IESE Business School, this edition focuses on learning about the development of regions, cluster-based economic development, competitiveness and how to design compelling economic policies incorporating a multi-dimensional perspective on competitiveness and its various factors.

With contribution from the Foundation’s faculty and from IESE Business School professors, the programme is broken down into a solid curriculum of learning modules:

  • Competitiveness Economics

  • Industry and Value Chain Analysis

  • Change Management

  • Implementation Management

  • Strategy Foundations of Cluster Management

  • Digital Transformation

  • Cluster-Based Project Monitoring

  • Policy Evaluation

Faculty profile for this year can be found here.

The Competitiveness Summer School is operated from IESE Business School’s Barcelona campus, located in the elegant district of Pedralbes and overlooking the heart of the city. Between classes, participants never miss the opportunity to enjoy the Mediterranean flavors of Catalonia's vibrant capital.


This year's special: a dip into the Blue Economy

For 2019 the Competitiveness Summer School will take an in-depth look at a pioneering cluster in the Blue Economy.  A case study on Barcelona Nautical Cluster focusing on high value nautical tourism will be the subject of the analysis, followed by a visit to some of the cluster's key players:

  • MB92, a world’s leading service, repair and refit company dedicated to the finest super-yachts.

  • The Royal Nautical Club of Barcelona, a reference in the Mediterranean navigation founded more than 140 years ago.

We are grateful to Mr. Toni Tió, President of Barcelona Nautical Cluster, for facilitating this new addition to the Summer School Programme.

MB92, a cutting-edge company of the nautical cluster of Barcelona.

MB92, a cutting-edge company of the nautical cluster of Barcelona.

The Competitiveness School: the annual agora for policy makers and senior economic development practitioners

The Competitiveness School programme is designed to be an enriching experience specifically tailored for senior policy-making officers and seasoned professionals in economic development. The course typically gathers participants from a wide array of countries and diverse areas of competitiveness and cluster-related fields. It offers the opportunity to network with peers, learn from the faculty members and engage with new perspectives.

Participants taking the class benefit from a deep understanding of clusters and cluster initiatives, and their application in economic development and competitiveness policies. The programme aims at giving an in-depth overview of the core principles, methodology and strategies delivered during the longer training programmes of the European Foundation for Cluster Excellence. It works as an extremely insightful workshop crafted to enable senior stakeholders to reflect on the pertinence to enroll their teams in the training programmes of the Foundation.

The Competitiveness School is an annual programme; it usually takes place in Barcelona and in Washington D.C. every other year. A mind-provoking event not to be missed.


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