Projects

Europe

Slovakian flagSlovakia : Economic Rationale and Business Plan for Bratislava Innovation Park (1993)

Under contract to the U.S. Agency for International Development, members of the project team undertook an unusual assignment to prepare the economic rationale and business plan for a science park for Bratislava. The project team applied principles of economic development to the planning of a technology park that stress the importance of developing industrial clusters as a means for enabling economic growth in regions, and, the emphasis that soft and hard economic infrastructure of accessible technology, available skills, adequate financing, and appropriate physical infrastructure is essential to cluster development. The team identified an emerging information technology cluster comprising over 200 small software companies, and mixture of restructuring hardware and systems firms. The project team prepared a business plan for the creation of a "virtual" innovation park. The new business organization (Bratislava Innovation Park) has become a development partner and core service provider in an actual technology park. The project concluded with provision of a business plan, implementation plan and identification of private investors for the new organization.

Cantabara flagStrategic Plan for the University of Cantabria for the Year 2000 (1993)

The project team conducted a strategic planning project for one of Spain's rapidly evolving regional universities. The team developed recommendations for building educational and research centers of excellence and developed new regional and international partnerships (with local government, industry, the European Community, and other Spanish and international universities). A strategic plan with specific goals and proposals will be completed to guide the evolution of the institution into one of Spain's premier regional universities.

Spanish flagStrategic Plan for the University of Madrid for the Year 2000 (1992-93)

This project assisted Spain's oldest and largest university in developing a strategic plan for the Year 2000. The ECG team developed 20 goals and 50 specific proposals to strengthen the university's organization, teaching and research—actions intended to help the institution meet the economic and social challenges of a rapidly changing Spain and a new post-1992 Europe. The plan is being used to guide an internal debate about the future of the university.

Slovenian flagSlovenia : Maribor "Jutri" Regional Strategy (1991-92)

Soon after Slovenia declared its independence, a project was undertaken by a team of professionals (now at ECG) to help the region of Maribor position itself for a market economy. The effort, funded entirely by the city of Maribor and the government of Slovenia, involved a systematic process of (1) analyzing the region's industrial capabilities and future requirements, (2) assessing the responsiveness of the region's soft and hard economic infrastructure, and (3) developing a strategic vision of the Maribor economy. This strategy process collaboratively shaped new economic directions based on the region's geographic location with respect to the emerging Alp-Adria community, and the potential of the region based on evolution of its heavy industry, textiles, agriculture, trade and tourism into a region of mechanical, light diversified industries and construction services; specialty and niche finished product textiles; regional transportation, business and tourism services. In order to implement the vision of the region the project developed a business plan for a Maribor Development Agency (MDA), and undertook initial restructuring efforts with selected companies.

German flagGermany : Strategy for the Electro-optic Region of Jena "Vision" (1991-92)

Immediately following the announcement of integration, professional staff undertook an assignment to assist the region of Jena, Thuringia in former East Germany in linking the privatization process with regional economic strategy. The project was financed by the Treuhandanstalt and Jenoptic Carl Zeiss (JCZ). The project took place at the time that the JCZ had already announced layoffs of over 25,000 workers, with plans for layoffs of 20,000 more.

The project undertook the following activities: (1) presentation of an economic development framework based on market principles; (2) multiple workshops on current world market trends and technology issues in electro-optics and optical technologies; (3) organization and management of technology-business development working groups to develop business plans for spin-offs, joint-ventures and collaborative R&D; (4) organization and management of a regional economic infrastructure strategy process, focusing on retraining, R&D and physical infrastructure; (5) development of a business plan for a regional economic development organization (JEDCO); and (6) brokering of partnerships between U.S. opto-electronics companies and components of CZJ. The project concluded with presentation of a business plan and limited business introductions. Subsequent to the project, new management was brought to CZJ. The state of Thuringia established an economic development organization, became a co-owner of the remaining company, new federal government investment was attracted to the region, and a Japanese company located operations in the region.

Italian flagItaly : Success Factors in Incubators, Technology Parks, Technopolises (1991)

The purpose of this project was to advise a regional economic development organization on best practices in design of incubators, technology parks and larger scale technopolises. The project included integration of professional experience and literature on factors determining success of incubators, technology parks and technopolises demonstrating the premise that the purpose of incubators and parks are to supply soft and hard economic infrastructure not otherwise available, or providing a competitive advantage, in a region. The client commissioning this report then requested the project team to provide the business plans for a next generation incubator and an alternative technology park in Italy.

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