Dr Jorge Ramirez-Vallejo is a member of the Harvard Business School faculty at Professor Michael E. Porter’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. He holds a PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota and degrees in Engineering from Colorado State University and Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria. He is an Associate Professor at the School of Management of Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, and founder and former Director of the Center for Strategy and Competitiveness at the Universidad de los Andes.
Dr. Ramirez-Vallejo has been a Visiting Associate Professor at the Harvard Business School and Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and Visiting Scholar at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. He worked previously at the Colombian Federation of Coffee Growers (FEDERACAFE) as Director of the competitiveness program. He was CEO of the National Development Bank in Colombia, FINDETER; Director General of the Irrigation and Land Improvement Institute and Director of Agricultural Planning of the country. He also worked as an economist for the Inter-American Development Bank.
Colombia: Organizing for Competitiveness
The case is designed to explore the process of building competitiveness, particularly in an unstable environment, with a focus on organizing for competitiveness.
The Dutch Flower Cluster (TN)
Teaching Note for 711507.
Keywords: Customer Value and Value Chain;
The Dutch Flower Cluster
Describes the Dutch Flower cluster, or the group of interconnected growers, suppliers, service providers, and flower-related institutions located in The Netherlands. Examines the role of the FloraHolland auction in the value chain. Also describes the flower clusters in China, Colombia, Ecuador, and Kenya, the four other major international competitors.
Agriculture and Agribusiness Industry;
Porter, Michael E., Jorge Ramirez-Vallejo, and Fred van Eenennaam. "The Dutch Flower Cluster".
Harvard Business School Case 711-507, March 2011. (Revised November 2013.)
Colombia: Organizing for Competitiveness (TN)
Teaching Note for 710417.
Keywords: Situation or Environment;