A93118 Entrepreneurship and Regional Competitiveness

Scuola di Economia e Management
Syllabus
Academic Year 2018/19 First Semester

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Docente TitolareFernando Giuseppe Alberti
E-mailfalberti@liuc.it
Office"Torre" (main tower), 5th floor
Phone0331 572201

Learning Objectives

This course is concerned with the determinants of competitiveness and economic development viewed from a bottom up, microeconomic perspective, i.e. entrepreneurship occurring in firms and clusters.

The strategies of firms, the entrepreneurial vitality of clusters, and quality of the business environment in which competition takes place are what ultimately determines a region’s productivity.

This course covers both developing and advanced economies, and addresses competitiveness at several levels: nations, states or cities within nations, clusters, and groups of neighboring countries.

A major theme of the course is that competitiveness and economic development is affected by policies at all these levels.

The course will explore not only theory and policy, but also the nature of the organizational structure and institutions for sustained improvements in competitiveness.

Course Content

Panel “Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness dynamics in today’s Europe”

Course Presentation

Part I: Firms, Industries And Cross-Border Competition

• Competitiveness: Overall Framework

Part II: Locations and Clusters

• The Diamond Model: Advanced Economies

• Clusters and Cluster Development in Advanced Economies

• The Diamond Model in Developing/Transition Countries

• Clusters and Cluster Development in Developing Countries

• Organizing for Competitiveness

• Clusters and Institutions for Collaboration

• Cluster Initiatives

Part III: Competitiveness Strategies

• Internet of Things and Competitiveness

SEMINARS

• Competitiveness Strategy: Developing Economies

• Attracting Foreign Investment for Competitiveness

• Strategies for Economic Development

• Competitiveness of Italy

• Competition Across Locations and Global Strategy for MNCs

• Clusters and Internationalization

Course Delivery

The course will be taught using the case method developed at Harvard Business School, together with readings, lectures, videos and guests.

Case studies will focus on global firms, clusters and strategies for competitiveness. The case method requires extensive advance preparation for each class, and a significant part of the course grade will be based on participation.

The course also involves a major team project involving the competitive assessment of a particular cluster.

Professor Michael E. Porter together with other faculty from the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School may be involved both in video-recorded or remote live sessions.

Course Evaluation

Grading:

–  Class participation: 30%

–  Team project: 70%

 – Attendance adjustment: Downward

Feedback:

–  Class participation: Students with insufficient class participation midway through the course will be notified

–  Team project: Instructors reviews  

Class discussion of projects presentations  

Faculty comments and final mark

Syllabus

Session 1
Hours of lesson: 1
Instructor:

Topics:

Brief introduction to the content and the rules of the ERC course

Readings:

Session 2
Hours of lesson: 3
Instructor:

Topics:

Competitiveness: Overall Framework
 

Readings:

Finland and Nokia: Creating the World's Most Competitive Economy
On Competition, read Chapters 6 and 7

Session 3
Hours of lesson: 3
Instructor:

Topics:

The Diamond Model: Advanced Economies

Readings:

The Japanese Facsimile Industry in 1990 
On Competition: Chapters 6, 7 and 8

Session 4
Hours of lesson: 3
Instructor:

Topics:

Clusters and Cluster Development in Advanced Economies 

Readings:

The California Wine Cluster
The Australian Wine Cluster: Supplementary Information
On Competition: review Chapter 7

Session 5
Hours of lesson: 3
Instructor:

Topics:

The Diamond Model in Developing/Transition Countries 

Readings:

Estonia in Transition
On Competition: Chapters 6, 7 and 8

Session 6
Hours of lesson: 0
Instructor:

Topics:

Clusters and Cluster Development in Developing Countries 

Readings:

Building a Cluster: Electronics and Information Technology in Costa Rica
On Competition: Chapters 6, 7 and 8
 

Session 7
Hours of lesson: 3
Instructor:

Topics:

Organizing for Competitiveness

Readings:

Motor Valley

On Competition: Chapter 7 and 8

Session 8
Hours of lesson: 0
Instructor:

Topics:

Clusters and Institutions for Collaboration

Readings:

Energy Cluster

On Competition: Chapter 6, 7 and 8

 
 
Session 9
Hours of lesson: 3
Instructor:

Topics:

Cluster initiatives

Readings:

The New Carolina Initiative
On Competition: Chapter 7 and 8 

Session 10
Hours of lesson: 3
Instructor:

Topics:

Internet of Things and Competitiveness 

Readings:

Session 11
Hours of lesson: 3
Instructor:

Topics:

Cluster and Internationalization

Readings:

The Dutch Flower Cluster

On Competition: Chapter 7

 

 
Session 12
Hours of lesson: 3
Instructor:

Topics:

Impact of digitalzation, China on Competitiveness in clusters 


Economic Development using Technology and governance insights

Readings:

Alibaba Goes Public

Session 13
Hours of lesson: 0
Instructor:

Topics:

European Integration

Readings:

European Integration

Session 14
Hours of lesson: 3
Instructor:

Topics:

Economic Strategy: Advanced Economies

Readings:

Remaking Singapore


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