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CONFERENCE | Building Competitive Advantages for Portugal 20 Years after the Porter Report

ISEG received the following guest speakers last wednesday at the Seminar on "Building Competitive Advantages for Portugal 20 Years after the Porter Report":- Miguel Poiares Maduro, Deputy Minister for Regional Development, Franquelim Alves, Member of the Board of Banco de Fomento, Luís Mira Amaral, CEO of Banco BIC, Vitor da Conceição Gonçalves, Full Professor at ISEG and Rui Leão Martinho from the Economist Association. This conference was organised as part of the 1st edition of the executive course entitled CEDE – Competitiveness and Strategy for Business Development.

The opening address was made by professor Vitor da Conceição Gonçalves, who discussed the Porter Report and some of the challenges that face the competiveness of Portugal and then ended with a videoconference with Dr. Christian Ketels, a professor from the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School.

During the seminar, Eng. Mira Amaral talked globally about the background of the development of the Porter Report, and the other speakers expounded on developments post-report, especially with regards to what has been done and what is left to do, bearing in mind the advice given twenty years ago and also lessons learned to date.

Amongst the various conclusions, it seems imperative that existing clusters in Portugal be strengthened by better public policies for supporting the structures of clusters, so as to contribute to the declared strategy for developing Portugal's competitive advantages in European and global economies.

The course entitled CEDE – Strategic competitiveness for the development of businesses in clusters, which will start its 2nd edition in October of 2014, is designed to further this objective.

See also

Executive Course

CEDE – Strategic Competitiveness for the Development of Businesses in Clusters