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Microeconomics of Competitiveness: Firms, Clusters and Economic Development

In October 2013, the Department of Geography was admitted to the Microeconomics of Competitiveness (MOC) Affiliate Network at Harvard Business School - a community of more than 100 universities world-wide teaching the MOC course to gain insight into the mechanisms of economic development and competitiveness. Based entirely on case discussions, the MOC course explores the determinants of competitiveness and successful economic development viewed from a bottom-up, microeconomic perspective. MOC is a distinctive course platform developed at Harvard by Professor Michael Porter and a team of colleagues at the Institute for strategy and competitiveness. The course is specifically designed to be taught at Harvard and in collaboration with educational institutions around the world. The course is not only an educational vehicle but also a tool to enable an institution and its people to influence and support economic development in the country and region.