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Course 2008-2009 a.y.

8205 - INDUSTRIAL DYNAMICS AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS


MM-LS - AFC-LS - CLAPI-LS - CLEFIN-LS - CLELI-LS - DES-LS - CLG-LS - M-LS - IM-LS - ACME-LS - EMIT-LS
Department of Management and Technology

Course taught in English


Go to class group/s: 31

MM-LS (6 credits - II sem. - AI) - AFC-LS (6 credits - II sem. - AI) - CLAPI-LS (6 credits - II sem. - AI) - CLEFIN-LS (6 credits - II sem. - AI) - CLELI-LS (6 credits - II sem. - AI) - DES-LS (6 credits - II sem. - AI) - CLG-LS (6 credits - II sem. - AI) - M-LS (6 credits - II sem. - AI) - IM-LS (6 credits - II sem. - AI) - ACME-LS (6 credits - II sem. - AI) - EMIT-LS (6 credits - II sem. - AI)
Course Director:
FRANCO MALERBA

Classes: 31 (II sem.)
Instructors:
Class 31: FRANCO MALERBA


Course Objectives

International competitiveness is closely related to industrial dynamics and to technological innovation, and to factors that act at the firm, the sectoral and the country level.
Some questions that are relevant in the international arena and which will be tackled in the course are the following: Why do countries that spend approximately the same amount on research and development have such different performances (e.g. Japan and the USSR)?; Why are some countries able to catch up though innovation and others not?; Why do firms persistently differ in terms of their innovative capabilities and profits, much more so than would be predicted from standard economic theory?; What policies are needed in a changing dynamic and global context?
The course approaches these questions by examining the forces that drive industrial dynamics and their relationship with the international competitiveness of firms and countries. Particular attention is paid to technological and organisational innovation, which represents the main engine of growth in capitalist economies and one of the main factors at the base of the catching up of countries and of the inter- firm and international competitiveness.


Course Content Summary
  • Industrial dynamic: a truly dynamic perspective 
  • Industrial dynamics and international competitiveness
  • The evolution of industries and the industry life-cycle
  • Sectoral systems of innovation
  • The productivity paradox: the US vs. Europe 
  • The catching up of emerging countries in specific sectors
  • Stock prices, venture capital and innovation 
  • Globalisation and concentration 
  • Innovation, employment, and inequality 
  • Patents and development 
  • Public policy in favour of growth and competitiveness

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

Written exam. Writing of a paper, presentation and discussion of group work


Textbooks

Specific textbooks are indicated at the start of the course

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