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Microeconomics of Competitiveness: Firms, Clusters and Economic Development

"I really liked the case study structure and intensive group discussions. Comparing this to other seminars I took in the ‘Corona semester’, they were very rich and thought-stimulating."

Student Feedback on the MOC at RUB


Next regular MOC Course in Summer Semester 2022

Instructors: Prof Matthias Kiese, Simon Rohde

  • Platform: Zoom
  • Time: Tue 09-12 h, starts October 11th, 2022
  • Course format: Seminar for Master and PhD students across programmes
    from all UNIC universities, 6 ECTS
  • Participant-centered case discussions, based on materials developed
    by Prof Michael E. Porter at Harvard Business School
  • Registration closing 30 September 2022, please contact
    matthias.kiese(at)rub(dot)de stating matriculation number, study program
    and full name. Places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Language of instruction: English


Learning Outcomes:

  • State-of-the-art concepts of how to improve the competitiveness of companies, industry clusters and regions.
  • The driving forces for prosperity at the firm and region level: innovation and productivity.
  • How to foster the orientation of companies and regions on successful development from a resource-or investment-driven to a knowledge-driven economy.


Collected student testimonials


Background Information

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.