Annual report
2021

Orkestra promotes competitiveness at the service of the inclusive and sustainable welfare of the Basque Country through a transformative research culture.

We address real challenges.

We work with local and international stakeholders.

We provide rigorous content for decision-making.

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A unique model

Knowledge generation

We apply scientific methods to address real problems and contribute to the academic community through our research. All this aims to ensure that the knowledge we generate is useful for the key actors that contribute to the Basque Country’s competitiveness".

In the Basque Country Competitiveness Report 2021 we presented a new framework that incorporates essential wellbeing dimensions to identify the keys to competitiveness in the Basque Country.

54
scientific
articles and publications
17
In house publications
and books
13
doctoral theses
supervised
187.000
downloads of reports
and documents
(+40% more than in 2020)

Furthermore, we have five observatories that allow us to explore and monitor the Basque Country’s competitive situation in various areas.

These diagnostic tools received more than 10.300 visits in 2021.

1

Regional Competitiveness Observatory

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2

Basque Country Regional Competitiveness Observatory

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3

Vocational Training Observatory (*)

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4

Digital Economy and Society Observatory (DESI)

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5

Financial and Economic Observatory of Basque Companies

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02

A unique model

A shared project

Orkestra is a success story of public and private cooperation. Promoted by the Basque Government within the University of Deusto, it has the support of the following reference entities, which provide stability to the institute and significantly collaborate in its development”.

In collaboration with these and many other relevant institutions, we promote transformative research projects on critical factors for competitiveness in areas such as public policy, welfare, entrepreneurship, digital economy and energy.

54
research projects in collaboration with 92 institutions

ACCIÓ   /   Basque Institute of Finance   /   Basque Trade   /   BEAZ   /   Caixabank Dualiza   /   EJIE   /   European Comission   /   Eurorégion Aquitaine-Euskadi-Navarre   /   Gasteiz City Council   /   Ihobe   /   Innobasque   /   Joint Research Centre (JRC-Seville)   /   Mondragon University   /   San Sebastián City Council   /   Sodena   /   University of the Basque Country   /   University of Deusto

03

A unique model

International positioning

We are an international benchmark as a research institute at the service of the region. We collaborate with a wide network of expert actors worldwide with a twofold objective: to highlight the Basque competitiveness and welfare model and identify best practices to be applied in the Basque Country”.

9
international projects with entities such as the European Commission
25
invitations from international organisations and from outside the Basque Country to present the Basque case
+29
partnerships with international universities and research institutes
7
active research networks encompassing the best institutions in the field of regional competitiveness

One of our milestones in 2021 has been the update of the "Basque Case", which has had a significant impact at the international level.

This document, which builds on the analysis previously conducted by Harvard Business School, explores the main features and challenges of the Basque Country's territorial strategy between 2008 and 2020 and identifies lessons that can be useful for other regions seeking to build long-term sustainable and inclusive economic development.

Publication

04

A unique model

Team of experts

We are a dynamic and committed team of 40 professionals. Our people have extensive experience in territorial competitiveness. They participate in international events to position the institute's research findings and collaborate in teaching programmes, mainly at the University of Deusto”.

40 professionals

24 women

16 men
42%
PhDs
9
PhD students
8
nationalities
32
participations in seminars and events
05

A unique model

Practical impact

We are drivers of change that promote the improvement of territorial competitiveness through knowledge transfer. In addition to working with universities and institutions worldwide, participating in research networks and publishing articles in high-impact journals, we collaborate with various media to transfer the knowledge we generate to society”.




In 2021, this intense collaboration resulted in:

243
media citations
+3.000
subscribers to our newsletters.
+5.500
social media followers
55.000
visits to our blog:
#BeyondCompetitiveness