Cases

Our collection of cases allows you to discover various angles in the field of competitiveness.
Please send your inquiry in regard to the cases to info@netherlands-competitiveness.nl

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Dutch Flower Cluster (Harvard business case)

~Competitiveness at the edge~
“The Netherlands had been the dominant player in the global flower trade since pioneering the industry in the seventeenth century. By 1998, Holland had the largest and most sophisticated flower cluster in the world in terms of technology and international penetration. Since 2003, competition had been increasing from developing countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia while environmental concerns related to flower cultivation were growing. Which actions need to be taken to help the Netherlands to sustain its position in the twenty-first century.”

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Science Park Eindhoven and Science

~Concentric investment in technology and innovation~
The campuses serve as a ‘R&D campus’, where various great multinational companies gather and strategically share knowledge, skills, and facilities to develop their future products. Around 40% of the Dutch patent, for example, have been initiated and developed in the favorable environment of the Eindhoven campus.

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Port of Rotterdam

~Sustainable as the key to visionary development~
This port cluster is the largest one in Europe. The port also consists of different functional clusters, such as petrochemical, logistics, maritime services, and so on. The port of Rotterdam is an interesting case to study the matching point between sustainability acclimatization and long-term efficiency development.

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Prosensa

~Pioneering and partnering in health~
“Prosensa grew from a small startup to a renowned Dutch biotech company in the development of treatment for orphan diseases such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a rare genetic disorder. In 2012, after a successful decade, it had built partnerships with a diversity of partners. The management team of Prosensa sought to chart a strategy to build the company forward using pioneering and partnering, to sustain its successful development and have the treatment for DMD available for patients affected by this severe disorder as soon as possible.”

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Singapore (Harvard business case)

~Remaking a nation~
“Singapore had achieved impressive economic performance since gaining independence in 1965. While Singapore had continued to grow during the 2000s, competitiveness challenges were becoming increasingly evident. China and India continued to expand exports and soak up foreign investment. Asian neighbors such as Vietnam and the Philippines had joined Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia to enhance competitiveness. Singapore’s leaders were contemplating what other steps were needed to maintain and enhance Singapore’s competitiveness.”

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Finland and Nokia (Harvard business case)

~Challenges in the competitive innovative world~
Finland scored at top of the Global Competitiveness Ranking in 2000. Nokia had outpaced other companies in Finland to be one of the main forces for technology growth in the country. However, the Microsoft’s acquisition of  Nokia as well as the recess of the global economy has raised questions to the future competitiveness of Finland.

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