Archive for March, 2013

Please see more info for coming webinar by clicking here. The webinar will take place tomorrow (March 26) and start at 14:00 Finnish time. The topic is “Key Success Factors in Strategic Development of Clusters”, and our guest speaker is Albert Solé, a consultant at Cluster Development in Barcelona. If the topic is interesting for you, you are welcome to join us at  Tell your friends! =)


It’s a Done Deal!

Posted: March 18, 2013 by Alison in FYI
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I can’t believe it! This thesis process I started nearly 2 years ago is at an end. I’ve turned in my thesis, presented to my peers and hopefully JAMK will take the results and use them to their best benefit. I want to thank all of you wonderful International Business Degree Alumni that helped me along the way! You encouraged me and helped me answer the questions I was desperate to answer. Without you, none of this would have been possible. My most sincere thanks to all of you! What I hope will result will be an alumni network that will get stronger year by year. This network isn’t going anywhere by the way. I still intend to keep this going no matter what! Feel free to drop a line and post on the Facebook pages! Thanks again!

The JAMK Centre for Competitiveness proudly presents a webinar on Key Success Factors in Strategic Development of Clusters!  Don’t miss out.  The webinar will take place on march 26th, 2013 at 14.00 Finnish time (UTC/GMT + 2 hours) = 13.00 Central European Time = 07.00 USA Eastern Standard Time.

  • Speaker: Albert Solé, consultant at Cluster Development
  • Moderator: Dr. Murat Akpinar, JAMK
  • Date: March 26, 2013
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Starting Time: 14.00 Finnish time (UTC/GMT + 2 hours) = 13.00 Central European Time = 07.00 USA Eastern Standard Time

Process: 30 minute presentation by the speaker + 30 minutes time for discussion and questions from the audience. The audience can submit their questions during the first 30 minutes or during the Q&A session to the “Chat” area. The webinar will be video recorded and made available at the blog of JAMK Centre for Competitiveness as well as through the channels of the Competitiveness Institute (TCI) and MoC network.

Participation: You can participate by signing-in as a guest (no password required) at We will allow entry five minutes before the start.

Key Success Factors in Strategic Development of Clusters

Clusters have been recognized as an important means for stimulating innovations and fostering competitiveness, economic development and prosperity. Today, about 20 years after the concept of business clusters gained relevance as a tool for economic  development, it is used by countries and regions around the world with varying speeds, particularities and of course different starting points. Cluster initiatives are undertaken to stimulate cluster dynamics and development. Understanding key success factors behind strategic development of clusters is crucial in order to optimize public resources and deploy efficient cluster policies. This webinar aims to serve to this purpose with examples of success stories.

Cluster Development is a Spanish consultancy firm headquartered in Barcelona. It specializes in the strategic and sustainable development of clusters to reinforce the overall competitiveness and long-term profitability of cluster firms. Its team of consultants has applied a results-oriented, innovative and hands-on methodology to more than 140 cluster projects within more than 30 different economic sectors around the world. For more info, please visit

Albert Solé

Albert Solé has 10-year experience in the field of clustering, both from the consulting and the public sector perspective. Previously to joining Cluster Development, he worked for different consulting firms in the US and Europe. Later, at the Catalan Competitiveness Agency (ACC10), he managed the sectorial policies unit in charge of facilitating collective actions to reinforce the competitive position of Catalan economic sectors. He is an active member of European-wide discussion groups in the field of clusters and regular speaker at The Competitiveness Institute congresses. He holds an MBA from the University of San Francisco.


Annual IB Spring Ball

Posted: March 13, 2013 by Alison in FYI
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It’s on! I just got the official date for spring ball!  It will be on April 26th in Sokos Hotel Alexandra.  Details on price and themes are coming in the near future!  If you would like to come from out of town check out or some of the hotel options around.  If you want to share a place, forenom might end up being the less expensive option.