Projects

We introduce some inspirational projects that could provide you with more insight about the methodologies and approaches when investigating the field of competitiveness.

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Dutch Life Sciences Outlook and Monitoring

~Opportunities and challenges to the Dutch life sciences~
“The Dutch Life Sciences Outlook is the annual report that monitors the Dutch Life Sciences cluster. The Outlook is formulated through conducting interviews and analyzing strategic reports by leading businesses within the field of Life Sciences. Academic and business relationships as well as international experts and institutions, such as CEBR and Microeconomics of Competitiveness, Harvard Business School, play an important part in this process.”

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Dutch Flower Cluster

~The enhancing power of the unified suppliers at national and international level~
The Dutch Flower Cluster is one Harvard Business Case which was developed to investigate the horticulture industry in the Netherlands. By 1998, Holland had the largest and most sophisticated flower cluster in the world in terms of technology and international penetration and continued to lead the worldwide competition in this area. After the making of the case, FloraHolland, the cluster association sought for our advisory research for the better organization and management to sustain the leading position in competitive global context.

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Prosensa Case

~Partnership in healthcare to create more values for patients~
“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 bring 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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Cluster Organizations in European Life Sciences Industry

~The competitive advantage of cluster in the international context of the life sciences industry~
“The project examined the role of cluster organizations on the international competitive advantage of clusters in the European life sciences industry. The finding provides valuable insight for policymakers, as investments of public funds in cluster organizations do not result in the attraction of those high value-added business activities, such as headquarters and R&D facilities, that are often aimed at.”

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European Cluster Observatory

~A glance at the development trend of clusters in Europe~
This project aims to bring up-to-date overview of the development of clusters in the scope of European countries forward. The distribution of these clusters is visually illustrated based on sectors, organizations, region, or performance. The project is an outstanding collaboration between the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School, and the Center for Strategy and Competitiveness, Stockholm School of Economics. Both institutes are in our network.

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Diagnosis of Competitiveness

~Where does the Basque country position in the growing competitive world?~
The project monitors the performance in terms of competitiveness of the Basque Country in order to diagnose its competitive position. Moreover, researchers have also been driven to promote the productive transformation in knowledge economy. The ultimate goal of the series of research, including this one, is to generate more employment and welfare. The Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness has conducted this research project with the support of the business development Basque Agency. The Orkestra-Basque Institute is one of our affiliates.

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EXCLUSIVE ADVISORY PROJECTS
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International Expert Advisory Council

Our institute is academically supported by a large board of international experts in the competitiveness field, who are all well-known for their experience in research as well as great involvement in working at business practice level. This enables us to work with international projects through sharing our Dutch experiences and adapting them with local contexts.

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Cluster Organizing and Monitoring

We have extensive experience in working on and supporting the organizing and monitoring of various clusters in the Netherlands. These projects are applications of the research projects we have conducted in real-life business, because in practice, the formation of clusters appears from not only top-down policy but also bottom-up initiatives.

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Scenario Analysis

Various scenarios are built up given the distinctive conditions of the topic. Our own experiences with diverse competitiveness issues are reflected and benefit all details in the depicted scenarios. It provides a more comprehensive approach to factual problems, especially in cluster management and innovation strategy.

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