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Microeconomics of Competitiveness: Firms, Clusters and Economic Development

“The case study approach was very successful and allows a differentiated view of the processes within a cluster. This new analysis method provides many new insights into competitiveness and strategic decisions”.

Student Feedback on the MOC at RUB


MOC at UNIC Spring School 2021

Seven-week format as part of the UNIC Spring School featuring special guest instructors Prof Eleanor Doyle (University College Cork, Ireland), Prof Fred van Eenenaam (Erasmus University Rotterdam and The Decision Group, author of the Dutch Flower Case) and Dr Edurne Magro (Universidad de Deusto and Orkestra Basque Institute of Competitiveness). For more information please see link or contact simon.rohde(at)rub(dot)de. Please visit the UNIC Homepage for registration.


Next regular MOC Course in Summer Semester 2021

Instructors: Prof Matthias Kiese, Simon Rohde

  • Platform: Zoom
  • Time: Mon 14-17 h, starts April 12th, 2021
  • Course format: Seminar for Master and PhD students, 6 ECTS
  • Participant-centered case discussions, based on materials developed by Prof Michael E. Porter at Harvard Business School
  • Registration closing March 31st, 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


Microeconomics of Competitiveness: Firms, Clusters and Economic Development

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.


MOC at RUB: Course Outlines