Entrepreneurial projects and initiatives form the pillars that support territorial competitiveness. Firms’ strategies and behaviour interact with their environment, thus determining their performance concerning productivity, innovation, job creation and their social and economic contribution to the territory. In this respect, firms guarantee the well being of people living in the territory.
The Enterprise Lab studies business strategies and behaviour to understand and address the challenges faced by firms of different sizes and characteristics related to their competitiveness. Work and research are conducted with firms and other actors in the system to analyse these challenges and improve the ways they are addressed.
(Sustainable) territorial competitiveness must be linked to the territory's real needs. Orkestra sees competitiveness as a means to guarantee people’s well being. This is the focus area of research at the Well being Lab, striving to fully integrate society as a whole into the fundamentals of competitiveness that serve well being.
The transforming task of analysis and research conducted in this lab focuses on conceptualising and measuring key aspects related to people's well being and on understanding how the strategic policies and decisions made and promoted by business, government and other territorial agents impact and can be used to improve it.
Public policy and institutions Lab
Business competitiveness and citizens’ well being are heavily dependent on the territorial environment in which both people and firms are located. This environment is supported by institutions, public policies and systemic relationships that are found and boosted in the territory. Moving forward with territorial competitiveness is therefore a group task that must be assumed and shared by each agent that forms part of this environment.
The Public Policy and Institutions Lab focuses on the system formed by actors and the governance relationships that underscore group strategies promoted to reach sustainable territorial competitiveness. The lab conducts research and work with other system actors to analyse and improve institutions, governance and public policies.
It has specifically worked on clusters, innovation systems, Smart Specialisation Strategies (ris3), infrastructures, human capital and skills. Analysis and assessment of public policies in these areas are particularly important, as well as trying out policies oriented to guarantee territorial competitiveness.
Energy is one of the key areas of Smart Specialisation Strategy (ris3). The Basque energy sector and its related value chains play a key role in the Basque economy. We research to generate knowledge on energy challenges and their implications for the Basque Country and in the global scope.
Transformation of the energy system is a key element in the fight against climate change. This involves technology, regulatory, industrial and behaviour changes for the key economic agents. Efforts are placed on promoting efficient consumption and use of more sustainable and competitive energy sources, both in industry and home use.
Digital economy Lab
Development of the digital economy improves territories' competitiveness conditions. For this reason, digitalisation of the Basque industrial fabric is one of the key factors in Smart Specialisation Strategies (ris3).
The Orkestra research team is committed to identifying the challenges posed by good development of digital transformation in the Basque Country. Making use of the transforming research approach, Orkestra also works with other key players to boost the necessary policies and mechanisms.