The Balkan Peninsula is a bridge between Europe and Asia well known as a crossroads of several cultures. The Balkan region includes 11 countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Turkey with more than 65 milion citizens, and the following biggest cities: Athens, Istanbul, Sofia and Belgrade. Neighboring countries Austria, Cyprus, Hungary, Italy, and Russia play or have played an important role in the Balkan's geopolitics, culture and history. The region is recognized for its agriculture such land cultivation, fruit production, farming and fishery; forestry, mining and industry sectors.
Ethnic and cultural variety, various political influences and turbulent history resulted in that the majority of the Balkan countries are in the state of transition reconstruction. The cluster based economic development has been recognized in the Balkans as a tool for achievement of the greater entrepreneurial initiative, innovativeness, competitiveness and employment.
Isolated projects, initiatives and clusters lose a huge part of their innovation potential. Sharing ideas means also getting new ones
The Balkan Cluster represents a proactive collaboration platform for cluster managers/clusters and support institutions in the Balkans in order to develop transnational projects, to approach development funds and to appear on new markets. It fosters collaboration through networks, matchmaking events, advisory services and trainings. It helps spur innovation by facilitating engagement between companies and research institutions. It contributes to promotion and internationalization of the Balkan clusters and SMEs and connection with European and global SME and cluster development institutions and organizations.
cluster actors can operate more efficiently , share common technologies, infrastructure, knowledge, and demand
clusters can improve regional competitiveness and innovation - ccompanies in cluster can compete, nationally and globally
Factors of success are choice of cluster managers and permanent educationSet of qualities of successful cluster managers are:
modesty and good manners, the ability of not imposing their own beliefs in the process of cluster management, respect for cluster members flexibility and tolerance for change, a new way of thinking and perception of opposing views honesty and persistence through empathy and persistent performance of activities in accordance with its own values professionalism and authoritativeness, owning integrity and trust from cluster members awareness, initiative and commitment, consciousness about the importance and risk of decision-making and ideas on new ventures and consistency in the execution of decisions taken.
INTELLIGENCE ↔ CHARACTER ↔ EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Factors of success are choice of cluster managers and permanent education The Cluster Managers play an extremely important role in the cluster development: act as agents of change emphasize the need for change and promote innovative cooperation among cluster partners accumulate knowledge on clusters and global changes clusters are encountering use data and facts gathered from the cluster members as inputs in their strategic approach build bridges to connect clusters at the regional, national and international level through continual promotion of new cooperation and innovative alliances among cluster members
TCI 2015 The Balkan Cluster Key Puzzle For Creativity Of Cluster Mangers In The Balkans
The Balkan Cluster
Key Puzzle For Creativity
Of Cluster Mangers
In The Balkans
Parallel Session 2.5: Developing Skills for Professional Cluster Management
THE BALKAN CLUSTER
KEY PUZZLE FOR CREATIVITY
OF CLUSTER MANGERS
IN THE BALKANS
Dr. Danka Milojkovic
Director of the Cluster House, Serbia
Director of the TCI Board of Directors, Spain
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2007-2012 LEDIB The Danish Program for Local
Economic Development in the Balkans, Nis District,
Since 2011 Cluster House - LEDIB exit strategy, an
ambrela organization for clusters in Serbia
Since 2012 The Balkan Cluster Network lead by the
Cluster House, www.clusterhouse.rs
Connect Combine Cooperate
on daily basis
bringing together cluster actors
sharing ideas, knowledge,
experience and information
with aim to
BOOST CREATIVITY AND INNOVATIONS
3000 contacts, 170 members
free of charge membership fee
supported by the Global TCI Network
supported by the ECCP
connected with the Danube Cluster Club
connected with the Baltic Cluster Center
Cluster House Model
bringing together companies, R&D institutions and policy makers
TRUST RESPECT COOPERATION PROJECTS
o identification and mapping cluster actors and
o strategy and action plan
o marketing and branding
o capacity building for cluster management
NEW PROJECT IDEAS NEW PARTNERSHIP
„When you only have a hammer, all problems look like nails”
What’s the starting point of the cluster?
Who should be involved and how?
What kind of difference do you make? What should be changed?
Whom to finance the cluster and how?
How do you organize the cluster in order to best support what you want?
How to increase number of members?
How to advocate for better cluster development environment?
Does the world knows about all the good thinks you are doing?
The Balkan Cluster creators learn from the past, live in the
present and look forward to the future, they know that
"everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of
changing himself” (Leo Tolstoy)
The Balkan Cluster creators guided by Aristotle’s saying
„excellence is not an act....but a habit”
The Balkan Cluster magical word for creation of better world is…
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DEVELOPER OF CLUSTER SYNERGY
IN THE BALKANS
WELCOME TO THE BALKANS!
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