Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
EM1062 (AF:259798 AR:149574)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
3rd Term
Course year
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The aim of the course is to provide students with conceptual and analytical tools to understand why entrepreneurship and firm competitiveness thrive inside specific innovation eco-systems. An important task is to analyse the role of territorial capital as a source of competitive advantage both for SMEs, and for global companies. During the course students will be involved in the analysis of real case studies of industrial clusters, focusing on the external resources that affect firms' performances and, consequently, on the main policies to improve the industrial commons. Attention will be also paid to clusters of firms as an economic model able to integrate institutional and cultural character of the local system with the opening to the global value chains.
Micro and Macroeconomics.
1. Introductory remarks: why ICs do matter in global economy
2. Economic externalities, Industrial commons, Territorial capital
3. The geographical determinants of the competitive advantage
4. Industry location in NEG (1): the core-periphery model
5. Industry location in NEG (2): the Marshallian triad
6. Modelling Local Labour Systems
7. ICs in Global Value Chains
8. ICs policies
9. Smart Specialization Strategy: the EU innovation industrial policy
10. ICs and the Circular Economy
- Becattini G., M. Bellandi. L. De Propris, A Handbook of Industrial Districts, Edward Elgar, 2009
- Buciuni G., G. Pisano, Can Marshall’s Clusters Survive Globalization?, Harvard Business School Working Paper 15-088, 2015
- Corò G., S. Micelli, “Industrial Districts as Local Innovation Systems”, Review of Economic Conditions in Italy, 2009
- Solvell O., Clusters. Balancing Evolutionary and Constructive Forces, Sweden, Ivory Tower, 2008
written and oral
The examination includes a student's research work on a topic covered in the course and agreed with the professor
Lectures, seminars and case studies
  • Course with sustainable contents
  • University credits of sustainability: 3
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book