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“Training course was excellent in combining business management and cluster development contents”

CASE DESCRIPTION

Starting point: The growing process of formalization of cluster initiatives at the international level had led to the realization of training courses aimed at the managers of these new organizations. The experience of Cluster Development in the delivery of courses was key to detect the interest that could have complement the contents in development of clusters with contents related to business management. For this reason, Cluster Development defined an ad hoc program together with ESADE, one of the reference business schools in Barcelona with the aim of improving the managerial and leadership skills of the cluster organizations.

The training program was defined and developed jointly by Cluster Development and ESADE and was opened to managers of clusters organizations and / or policy makers of clusters of public administration or other related agents. The defined program combined conceptual sessions taught by ESADE professors on foundations of business strategy, finance, marketing, innovation and leadership and development of managerial skills, with theoretical-practical sessions given by Cluster Development experts on the development of clusters.

ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE PROJECT

  • The course had up to 20 participants. They rated as excellent the whole course, giving very high marks to both professors and the combination of contents
  • The contents related to business management and the acquisition of managerial and leadership skills were taught by relevant professors from the ESADE business school. They adapted the classes with examples and cases of relevance for clusters environment, thus facilitating the learning process of participants.
  • All the sessions encouraged interaction and debate between the participants themselves and the teachers, as well as external reference speakers with whom the participants could interact and discuss the main challenges in the cluster environment.
  • Dynamization of sessions facilitated the identification of challenges and improvement areas of participants within their own performance in the management of initiatives or cluster organizations. It also facilitated the interaction among the participants, resulting in collaborations among their entities or work areas.
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