3 July 2023

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  • Orkestra and the University of British Columbia hosted a Competitiveness School in San Sebastian to explore the intrinsic relationships between organisations and places through the concept of competitiveness.

The successful management of businesses and other types of organisations (universities, research centres, government agencies, civil society organisations …) is dependent in different ways on the places where they are located and the relationships that they can develop with other actors within those places. Likewise, the successful socioeconomic development of places depends in large part on effective management of the businesses and other organisations based there.

For the past two weeks, Orkestra and the University of British Columbia hosted a Competitiveness School in San Sebastian to explore the intrinsic relationships between organisations and places through the concept of competitiveness.

12 students from The University of British Columbia’s Master of Management and representatives from public and private stakeholders in the Basque Country participated in this intensive programme. They explored concepts that help understand the links between the management of organisations and the places where they are located, like competitiveness for wellbeing, place-based strategies or innovation systems, clusters and public policies.

They also heard about the experiences of specific organisations in the Basque Country which helped them explore how these concepts play out in practice. For example, SPRI, TKNIKA, the Unversity of Deusto, the Department of Language Policy and Culture of the Basque Government and the Basque Culinary Center, Tabakalera, Bilbao Ekintza, Fomento San Sebastián and the Provicial Councils of Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa.

We would like to thank the faculty members from Orkestra, UBC and the organisations in the Basque Country that shared their expertise with the students on the different concepts and frameworks addressed in the school.