Insegnamento a.a. 2017-2018



Department of Management and Technology

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 22
EMIT (7 credits - I sem. - OB  |  SECS-P/06)
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Classes: 22 (I sem.)

Course Objectives

The course aims to provide the tools for understanding and analyzing innovation and industrial change.

Topics to be discussed include the relationship among innovation, economic growth and economic development, the economics of patents and intellectual property rights, the role of innovation in the dynamics and evolution of industries, the relationships between science and technology, the innovative enterprise, innovative start-ups, public policy with respect to innovation and industrial change, international technological competition, technology, economic development and catch-up.

Some introductory notions in basic microeconomics and industrial organization are required. The class format is a mix of lectures and discussion in class on cases and issues. Students are expected to participate actively in the discussions and to read the assigned material before class. Seminars and student presentations on specific topics are organized during the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes
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Course Content Summary

Introduction to innovation and industrial change.
  • Evolutionary theory of innovation and industrial change.
  • The firm: learning, competence and innovation.
  • Innovation in sectors.
  • Innovation and industrial dynamics.
  • Models of innovation and industry evolution.
  • Demand and innovation.
  • Public policy for innovation and industrial change.
  • International technological competition.
  • Technology, economic development and catch-up.
  • Economics of science.
  • Diffusion of innovations.

Teaching methods
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Assessment methods
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Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

The exam consists of a written final exam and a paper. The final mark is based on both the final exam and the paper.


A list of readings is made available at the beginning of the course.

Exam textbooks & Online Articles (check availability at the Library)
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