TCI Conferences
22 July 2017

TCI Network – the leading global network of organisations and practitioners with expertise in clusters and competitiveness – celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017. As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations, the TCI Network Board of Directors invites submissions to an essay competition. The competition is open to all with an interest in clusters and competitiveness, and is targeted especially to young researchers and economic development practitioners,
 
The Topic
How will the relevance of clusters evolve over the next decade? For companies? For regions? For economic development agencies?
 
Cluster dynamics have been recognised as a feature of economies since Alfred Marshall’s observations around industrial districts. Michael Porter’s Competitive Advantage of Nations translated the concept for the modern economy, highlighting the relevance of clusters in an era of knowledge-driven competition and globalization. TCI members have over the last 20 years gained rich experience with cluster-based economic development initiatives around the world.
 
As TCI celebrates its 20th anniversary, the economy around us continues to change rapidly. Business environments are transformed in many locations. New technologies emerge. New industries take shape. New business models appear. We would like to hear your views on what implications you foresee for the relevance of clusters.
 
The Judging Panel
Essays will be judged by a panel of TCI Board Members.
 
The Prize
The winning author will be offered free registration to the 20th TCI Anniversary conference, and the winning essay will have dissemination opportunities both at the conference and through TCI Network’s social media channels.  
 
How to enter?
Essays should:

  • Be no longer than 4000 words.
  • Be submitted in a clear, 12-point font with any diagrams/graphics embedded in the document.
  • Be submitted in PDF format.

 
To be considered for the prize, essays must be submitted to 20anniversary@tci-network.org by 1st September 2017.