This website requires a newer version of Internet Explorer We recommend to update your browser to the latest version of Internet Explorer

Update your browser

Blue Ocean Strategy for National Development

Transforming the public sector on the local, state, and national level with high-impact, low-cost initiatives that cut across ministries, agencies, NGOs and municipalities.

Explore how blue ocean strategy has been applied across regions:


TAIWAN

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ADOPTS BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY TO BUILD RELATIONS WITH OTHER NATIONS

In 2007 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan, James Huang, proposed his “21st century global village diplomatic policy.” The new policy is an “updated, situation-coping” policy that emphasizes Taiwan’s distinct identity. The policy includes four major strategies for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to follow, one of which is adopting blue ocean strategy to build relations with other countries. According to the Minister, by following BOS, Taiwan will not engage in “zero sum” competition with China and will instead use its advantages in various fields to build comprehensive partnerships with nations around the world.

Explore

CREATING BLUE OCEANS IN PUBLIC HEALTH DATA AND MEDICAL CARE

The National Cheng Kung University Research Center for Health Data (NCKU RCHD) has initiated the Southern Region Health Data Analysis Strategic Alliance to provide more detailed and accurate public health data and medical care services by gathering experts in the southern region of Taiwan and fully utilizing the functions of the Center. The initiative, based on blue ocean strategy, aims to build a communication and collaboration platform to enhance the overall quality of medical and healthcare service research.

Explore (In Chinese)

FORMER MINISTER OF EDUCATION URGES STUDENTS TO CREATE BLUE OCEANS

The former Minister of Education of Taiwan has encouraged students, regardless of further studies and careers, to create their own blue ocean opportunities where competition is made irrelevant.

Explore (In Chinese)

BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY FOR CROSS-STRAIT INDUSTRIAL COOPERATION IN THE REGION

Taiwan’s Cross-Strait Common Market Foundation Chairman, Chan Huo-sheng, argues that China and Taiwan have distinctive strengths and instead of competing with each other the two countries should collaborate by adopting blue ocean strategy. When Taiwan’s strength in innovation is combined with China’s capability to produce on a massive scale, the result could be a win-win cross-strait industrial realm. Actions to strengthen cooperation have already been taken by Xiamen City, whose goal is to develop the country’s first cross-strait industrial cooperation zone by 2020.

Explore (In Chinese)


SOUTH KOREA

2012 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES EMPHASIZE IMPLEMENTING BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY

President Park Geun-hye:
Current president of South Korea (presidential candidate at the time) Ms. Park Geun-hye, stated that in order to achieve a huge leap in Korea’s international exports, Korea needs to create a new blue ocean in Southern African and Middle Eastern countries.

Candidate Jeong Sae-gyun:
Presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, Mr. Jeong Sae-gyun, stated that he would put quality job creation using blue ocean strategy at the top of his economic policy priorities. He especially emphasized the importance of reviving economic activity in the rural sector and creating jobs that will return talent to rural areas. This includes building support centers to promote rural industry, enhancing tax incentives, and encouraging retired and middle-aged individuals to return to the rural areas in pursuit of a second career.

Candidate Kim Doo Kwan:
A Democratic United Party’s primary candidate, Mr. Kim Doo Kwan, stated that blue ocean opportunities for economic growth in South Korea’s future lie in cooperating with North Korea, sharing each other’s resources to achieve a huge leap in growth. He stated that in order to create an environment where cooperation is possible, the military draft should be abolished to create an atmosphere oriented towards peaceful reunification rather than an atmosphere on the brink of war.

Candidate Ahn Cheol-soo:
Independent presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-soo said that South Korea must pursue closer ties with “northern economies” if it wants to take the next leap forward. By building up the North’s logistics infrastructure, SMEs can gain access to more business opportunities, while at the same time helping contribute to closer inter-Korean cooperation, the candidate claimed. He said such an arrangement will lead to an economic “blue ocean” environment that can benefit all sides.

Explore (In Korean)


CHINA

SHENYANG CITY: THE GOVERNMENT OF SHENYANG CITY ESTABLISHES SHENYANG BLUE OCEAN ECONOMIC ZONE

The city of Shenyang in China’s Liaoning Province established a Blue Ocean Economic Zone to spur economic development in the region. The project has huge potential to provide a new engine for the old industrial base as well as provide residents with reasonably priced cultural and technological imports.

Explore (In Chinese)

YIWU ZONE: NATIONAL YIWU ECONOMIC AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT ZONE ASPIRES TO MOVE FROM RED TO BLUE OCEAN

National Yiwu Economic and Technology Development Zone, a 93-square kilometer economic zone, was established in 1992 as a wholesale hub for all of China. The zone is now looking into applying blue ocean strategy to move away from being a wholesale and manufacturing zone to more sophisticated areas to open new market spaces.

Explore (In Chinese)

AGRICULTURE BANK OF CHINA SUPPORTS DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL INDUSTRY THROUGH BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY

The Agriculture Bank of China (ABC) has surpassed the Bank of China in the extent to which it has implemented blue ocean strategy in its state operations. The ABC offers loans to improve public services in cities, supports development of local industry, and assists residents in settling down in cities.

Explore (In Chinese)


MYANMAR

THE PRESIDENT OF MYANMAR DISCUSSES PLANS TO CREATE BLUE OCEANS IN INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

The President of Myanmar and Chairman of STX Group (the world’s fourth-largest ship and plant manufacturer) discussed plans to unlock blue ocean opportunities in infrastructure projects in Myanmar. The President invited the group to invest in three special economic zones which are underway and to cooperate in solar power generation to supply electricity to rural areas, infrastructure development, and dockyards.

Explore

“Today, we have with us 24 international participants for the Fourth Training Programme on Entrepreneurship Development using the Blue Ocean Strategy from 12 member countries.”

Patricia Yoon-Moi Chia
Secretary General of the Colombo Secretariat

SRI LANKA

COLOMBO PLAN SECRETARIAT APPLIES BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY TO FORMULATE ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES

The Colombo Plan for Cooperative Economic and Social Development in Asia and the Pacific is an inter-governmental organization providing development assistance with a focus on human resources development in the Asia-Pacific region. The Colombo Plan was conceived at the Commonwealth Conference on Foreign Affairs held in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1950 as a cooperative venture for economic and social advancement of the people of South and Southeast Asia. The Colombo plan used blue ocean strategy to develop a training program on entrepreneurship development that targeted senior and mid-level government and non-government officials and working with SMEs to formulate and implement entrepreneurship programs.

Explore

SRI LANKA URGED TO APPLY BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY

Sri Lanka is urged to apply blue ocean strategies similar to those adopted by Dubai. The editorial urges Sri Lanka to align its value, profit, and people propositions. Sri Lanka could emulate Dubai in pursuing its ambition to become a miracle economy in Asia. Specific actions Sri Lanka could take would be a fine-tuning of its incentive packages for foreign investment, infrastructure improvements, and a focus on housing and education.

Explore

Developing Sri Lanka on the Lines of Dubai The Sunday Times, 2012-01-08


NEPAL

NEPAL COULD ACHIEVE THE SUCCESS OF SWITZERLAND AND DUBAI IF IT APPLIES BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY

The article suggests there are plenty of opportunities for Nepal to achieve the success that Switzerland and Dubai have. Nepal needs to find alternative revenue sources as a means of lessening its dependence on foreign aid. It must also stop competing in areas where it has no comparative advantage and focus on creating a blue ocean. This can be achieved through determined leadership and direction.

Explore

Reinventing Brand Nepal Nepali Times, 2012-11-29


SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE’S BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY INSTRUMENTAL IN ACHIEVING HIGH GROWTH

Singapore has applied blue ocean strategy to achieve the growth it saw in its first 30 years by pursuing low-cost and differentiation simultaneously. The Value Innovation Action Tank (VIAT), a non-profit organization founded in partnership by 15 Singaporean government ministries and agencies, was established in 2004. Its objective is to apply the ideas, frameworks, tools, and processes of value innovation and blue ocean strategy to the country’s private and public sectors to power Singapore in the knowledge economy.

Explore


PORTUGAL

LEIRIA REGION’S VISION 2020 BASED ON BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY

NERLEI, the Regional Business Association of the Leiria region in Portugal, launched “Strategic Framework NERLEI 2020” outlining a 2020 vision for the Leiria region based on blue ocean strategy. Chairman of the Board of the NERLEI, Jorge Santos, presented the Strategic Framework. The main points of the plan include linking traditional businesses with industrial networks and cultivating tourism with historical and environmental landmarks.

Explore (In Portuguese)

Strategic Framework NERLEI 2020 Leiria Economica, 2012-11-03


ITALY

PALERMO REGION EXPERIMENTS WITH BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY

Blue ocean strategy is being applied in a pilot phase in the Palermo region of Italy to reformulate the strategy normally pursued by public administration bodies. The “Innovation Without Conflict” project based on blue ocean strategy methodology aims to change non-value creating activities and enhance activities that benefit the greater public. FORMEZ PA, a service, research and training center for the modernization of public administration directly accountable to the Civil Service Department in the Prime Minister’s Office, is in charge of formulating and rolling out the project.

Explore (In Italian)


POLAND

CITY OF CIESZYN: YOUNG PEOPLE OUTLINE A NEW BLUE OCEAN

Young people from middle and high schools from the Cieszyn region in Poland gathered together to outline new directions for cultural development in schools and beyond. Young adults, together with representatives of city government, non-profit cultural organizations, and teachers applied the blue ocean strategy framework to come up with innovative recommendations for implementation by policy makers.

Explore (In Polish)

“Almere is het Cirque du Soleil van de randstad.” (Almere is the Cirque du Soleil of the border city.)”

Marcel Kolder,
Organizational consultant, Almere

THE NETHERLANDS

CITY OF ALMERE CREATES ITS OWN BLUE OCEAN

Almere, a city in the Netherlands, is said to have applied blue ocean strategy to attract people to come and live in the city. Uniquely, residents have the freedom to propose any civic initiatives and be part of the city’s development.

Explore (In Dutch)

“Europe needs to start looking ahead and focus on the so-called Blue Ocean Strategy as regards its economic development. Europe also needs to create new market space –– getting a bigger Bottom Line –– to render the competition irrelevant.”

Elena Panaritis
Founder, Panel Group

EUROPEAN UNION

BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY A SOLUTION FOR EUROPE’S PROBLEMS

Elena Panaritis calls on European Union to focus on blue ocean strategy.

Explore

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

THE EMIRATES IDENTITY AUTHORITY APPLIES BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY TO ALL LEADERSHIP LEVELS

The Emirates Identity Authority seeks to apply blue ocean strategy at all leadership levels. Its Senior Management Committee emphasizes the importance of changing the concept of performance from developing procedures and services, to innovation-based approaches that would allow the organization to move away from competition.

Explore

OMAN

LEVERAGING NATURAL RESOURCES THROUGH BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY CAN HELP ACHIEVE HIGH GROWTH

According to one of the principal presenters at the Conference on Strategic Growth Planning and Change Management, the Sultanate’s prodigious natural and human resources, if leveraged through the application of the blue ocean strategy, can put Oman on a path to accelerated growth, achieving even better results than Dubai.

Explore

“Louisiana’s “Blue Ocean” strategy for economic development may provide the state with workable dreams and doable goals that last much longer than madcap dashes spent trying to land the next big industry.”

Stephen Moret
Secretary,
Louisiana Economic Development Department

UNITED STATES

LOUISIANA: LOUISIANA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT APPLIES BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY TO STATE’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Blue ocean strategy is cited as central to the state of Louisiana’s bid to transform itself economically and attract new businesses. The state’s Blue Ocean Initiative simultaneously bolsters existing industries while spurring emerging sectors with greater potential for future job growth. The aim is to create high growth opportunities and new jobs in fields such as nuclear energy manufacturing, digital interactive media, and advanced manufacturing. The early results of BOS applications are encouraging. The state of Louisiana is adding jobs at a faster rate than other states in the US, with the number of jobs projected to increase by 13.6 per cent from 2010 to 2020, changing the economic outlook for the state.

Explore

Report Cites Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Houma-Thibodaux Economic Links The Advocate, 2013-04-23

Economic Synergies Across Southeast Louisiana Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, 2013-04-16

BRAC Releases List of Targeted Industries, Foreign Investors The Advocate, 2012-12-18

Job Forecast Looking Up for Louisiana The Advocate, 2012-11-01

LOUISIANA: The Next Great State for Business Investment Louisiana Economic Development, 2011-06-06

Moret: Workers Key to Growth The Advocate, 2010-06-17

Gov. Jindal Announces New Director of Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Clinical Trials and Research Initiative Office of the Governor, State of Louisiana, 2010-04-29

Getting There First: Louisiana’s Blue Ocean Initiative Louisiana Economic Development, 2010-03-01

In the Blue Ocean, Baton Rouge is Hunting Gazelles The Advocate, 2010-02-01

Blue Ocean: Bright Plan The News-Star, 2010-01-19

Moret Predicts Growth Spurt. ‘Blue Ocean’ Study May Help Attract Jobs The Advocate, 2010-01-07

Moret Looking for New Business Development The New Star, 2010-01-06

Louisiana Will Target Undeveloped Business Sectors in 2010, Economic Development Secretary Says The Times-Picayune, 2010-01-06

Louisiana’s Blue Ocean The Advocate, 2009-10-06

Getting There First. Louisiana’s Strategy for the Future Louisiana Economic Development, 2009-09

Louisiana’s Top Economic Official Searching for Blue Ocean Businesses Thetowntalk.com, 2009-07-29

12 Months of Momentum Louisiana Economic Quarterly, 2009

FLORIDA: CITY OF ORLANDO ADOPTS BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY

Brooke Bonnet talks about Orlando’s blue ocean strategy.

Explore

CREATING BLUE OCEANS IN CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) applies blue ocean strategy and creates a new value curve that describes its future strategy. ASCLS believes it can stand apart from other organizations and expand its market boundaries by focusing on eliminating and reducing redundant elements, and enhancing and creating new elements as described by its new tagline: ‘One Voice, One Vision’.

Explore

Unveiling ASCLS’s New Tag Line And Strategy CanvasAdvance Healthcare Network, 2014-08-22

MAINE: THE STATE OF MAINE IS URGED TO NURTURE MORE BLUE OCEAN IDEAS

Maine is urged to find and nurture more blue ocean ideas that create uncontested market space with high customer value. Kai Aikin, VP of Business Development at Introspective Systems LLC, is part of Maine’s Top Gun program, an entrepreneurship accelerator program run by The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development with the Foster Center for Student Innovation. Aikin believes that through programs such as Top Gun, Maine has an opportunity to capitalize on big ideas that build new markets. The challenge is to build the entrepreneurial capacity of the state so that large businesses with ties to Maine can grow to help mitigate the departures of large businesses which, lacking ties to Maine, have moved to states with better economic outlooks.

Explore

Stalking the Wild Blue Ocean Bangor Daily News Maine, 2012-02-06

CALIFORNIA: THE GLOBAL WARMING SOLUTIONS ACT OF 2006 OPENED UP A NEW MARKET SPACE FOR THE WASTE INDUSTRY IN CALIFORNIA

The AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 implemented by the California Air Resources Board, opened up a new market space for the waste industry in the state. Emerging companies capitalized on the opportunity created and seized new market space that looks beyond conventional practices and focuses on the untapped opportunities, which lie in green and sustainable practices.

Explore

CHILE

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN OF SENATOR EDUARDO FREI USES BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY

Oceanos Azules de Frei (Frei’s Blue Ocean Group) is a group of young professionals that worked on a political campaign for Chilean presidential candidate, Senator Eduardo Frei Ruiz Tagle in 2009. The formation of the group was inspired by blue ocean strategy and its creation of uncontested market space with the goal to create a space for discussion and proposals for change in the country. Oceanos Azules de Frei has applied blue ocean strategy to attract noncustomers (young, disengaged professionals) to join their organization. The group calls on Chileans to be protagonists of their future, rather than spectators and observers.

Explore (In Spanish)

“Espero que Cartes incluya en su agenda económica la necesidad de oxigenar el Océano Marrón en que operan las empresas …. debe ser una causa nacional.”

(I hope that Cartes [President of Paraguay] includes in his economic agenda the need to purify the brown ocean that businesses operate in… this should be a national cause.)

Jose Cantero,
Director,
First Foundation Paraguay

PARAGUAY

PRESIDENT OF PARAGUAY IS CALLED UPON TO TURN BROWN OCEAN INTO A BLUE ONE

Paraguay’s La Nacción calls on President Cartes to “purify the brown ocean” that businesses operate in for the social and economic success of the country. Even blue ocean business opportunities are becoming muddied by corruption and public institutions are increasingly unable to cater to the needs of the private sector. According to Benítez González, Professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil, the answer to fighting corruption lies not in implementing new laws, whose impact cannot be felt by the public, but rather in leadership transformation. Using tipping point leadership to overcome organizational hurdles is presented as a way to break the status quo and combat corruption in Paraguay.

Explore (In Spanish)