Competitiveness School

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.



2018 edition of the Competitiveness Summer School

Scheduled from the 4th to the 8th of June, the 2018 summer edition of the Competitiveness 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

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.

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Application Procedure 

More details on the registration procedure for this year's Competitiveness School will be provided shortly.

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