JAMK Centre for Competitiveness at the Annual Global Conference of the Competitiveness Institute (TCI)

By Murat Akpinar

TCI members in Bilbao

Matti Hirsilä and Murat Akpinar (we) participated at the 15th TCI Annual Global Conference which took place in San Sebastian and Bilbao, Spain during October 16-19, 2012 and was organized perfectly by the Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness and the Basque Government.

Founded in 1998 and based in Barcelona, Spain, TCI is the leading global network for practitioners, policy makers, researchers and business leaders working towards improving competitiveness in regions and clusters. See www.tci-network.org . The choice of location for this 15th special anniversary was perfect, as Basque Country is one of the pioneering regions in adopting and implementing competitiveness concepts and tools since early 1990s. Our visits in different clusters in the region provided rich insights about the miracle how this region has tripled its GDP per capita from 1970s to 2010s. The region’s GDP per capita (31,314 Euro in year 2010) is 40% higher than average EU figure, and 34% higher than Spain’s figure.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Constructing Place-Based Competitiveness in Times of Global Change”, and we had an excellent cooperation there with Rauli Sorvari from Estele Ltd., and Toni Pienonen and Tiina Saarinen from Business Arena Ltd. in jointly organizing and facilitating four sessions of Track A which had the theme of constructing place-based competitiveness. Our innovative way of facilitation developed by Business Arena Ltd. led to closer interaction between participants of the track, and we hope to continue this interaction through our monthly webinars in order to further network and exchange ideas and best practices from different parts of the world. JAMK Centre for Competitiveness is taking a lead in introducing webinars in the TCI network.

More information about this event is available from TCI webpages at http://www.tci-network.org/news/card/526