Driving Innovation in Management in the Basque Country
The Knowledge Cluster is a not-for-profit association created in 1996
to promote, stimulate and support knowledge in management. The final
aim of this innovative initiative in Europe is to improve competitiveness
among the business and institutional community in the Basque Country
through improvement and innovation in management.
• Our Vision: The vision of the Knowledge
Cluster is to be an active, attractive and leading node in the construction
of the Knowledge Society in the Basque Country, with particular dedication
to its members in the area of business management.
• General Objective: The general objective of the Knowledge
Cluster is to build a space which encourages, enables and facilitates
the development of new concepts, ideas and practices with which to
face the significant challenges facing cluster members and which result
from the globalised economy.
How do we achieve this?
The Knowledge Cluster is a local network of more than 170 partners:
universities, business schools, consultants, promotion agencies,
public bodies and a large number of private companies.
Communication & Dissemination
The Knowledge Cluster brings together organizations and their
people to share knowledge, and endeavours to create the right
environment for collaboration.
• Forums for reflection and exchange of knowledge. More than
30 forums organized and over 400 people taking part over last 10 years
• Conferences, congresses,
workshops and seminars for excellence in business management.
• Books, advanced management study cases and publications on
management and innovation topics
The key actions in the Knowledge Cluster are focused on improving
innovation in management within the Basque Innovation System.
What areas of innovation are we working in?
• Innovative and entrepreneurial people
• Work Teams and their environments for innovation
• Learning Organizations
• Thematic Networks: New Technology Based Companies, Ethics
& Corporate Social Responsibility, Basque Language in Management,
• Society: Public Administration, Journalism & Innovation
As an international player, the Knowledge Cluster closely monitors
international trends for their subsequent dissemination among the
agents of innovation in the Basque Country.
• Advanced international management trends
• Internationalization of Basque management agents
• Transferring Basque knowledge overseas
The Knowledge Cluster is a member of SoL (Society
for Organizational Learning).
Country at a glance
||7.235 sq km
||Basque and Spanish
Vitoria-Gasteiz Donostia-S. Sebastián
||Bilbao and Pasaia
|GDP per habitant
|| 1.44% of GDP
A dense network of small and medium-sized companies form a highly diversified
Internationalization, innovation and renovation, technological specialization,
energy efficiency, quality and training are just some of the factors that
have helped Basque companies to achieve high levels of competitiveness in
European and international markets.
Business growth has been underpinned by the creation of technology parks,
business and innovation centres and business clusters.
• Business Clusters
In the 1990s, following the pioneering work of Michael E. Porter (Harvard
Business School) and within the framework of the industrial policy of the
Basque Government and its programme for competitiveness, the first clusters
These clusters, associations of local companies capable of driving the business
competitiveness of the local area, now number 12, covering the aeronautical,
audiovisual, automotive, knowledge and advanced business services, household
appliances, energy, machine-tool, environmental, paper and telecommunications
sectors in addition to the clusters of the Basque Maritime Forum and Port