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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.

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European Integration and Competitiveness: Edgar Aragon Shares First-hand Insights from Brussels

From Aerospace in Seattle to ICT in Ukraine: Eighth MOC Class Defined Research Projects

MOC Affiliate Faculty Workshop at Harvard

European MOC Network Meeting in Warsaw

European Integration and Competitiveness: Edgar Aragon Shares First-hand Insights from Brussels

From Fashion in Paris to Media in Cologne: Seventh MOC Class Defined Research Projects

Resistance and Recovery Christian Hundt's Presentation well-received at Harvard (06.12.2017)

Diversity across Cultures and Disciplines: Sixth MOC Class Defined Research Projects (29.11.2017)

World Champions of Cluster Research: RUB Students collected MOC Team Award at Harvard Business School (14.12.2016)

Bochumer sind Weltmeister der Clusterananlyse (13.12.2016)

RUB Geographers Presented Research Papers at Harvard Business School (07.12.2016)

Weltmeister der Clusteranalyse: RUB-Studierende gewinnen MOC-Teamwettbewerb und reisen zur Preisvergabe nach Boston (25.11.2016)

Harvard Meets Wimbledon: Fifth MOC Class Defined Research Projects (16.11.2016)

Beer, Finance and Tourism: Fourth MOC Class Defined Research Projects ( 16.11.2015)

Economics Students Dominate Third RUB Class (19.05.2015)

Microeconomics of Competitiveness: Julian Kahl to Present Paper at Harvard Business School (08.12.2014)

Microeconomics of Competitiveness: First RUB Class Approaching Finishing Line (09.07.2014)

Microeconomics of Competitiveness: Premiere an der RUB geht auf Zielgerade (03.07.2014)

Geographisches Institut in Netzwerk der Harvard Business School aufgenommen (23.10.2013)