Driving Competitiveness

Academic Program: 
Course Description: 

This course is about one of the most important key objectives of each and every decisionmaker: how to make their constituency(country, company and other institutions) more competitive. In our global environment the objective is relevant only in international context – therefore our focus is on international competitiveness. 

In our opinion cClusters are the most efficient platforms to connect and create dynamic, efficient and integrative environment utilizing the network and innovation capacities of the collaborators (most of the smart products have been developed by clusters).Therefore the course applies our approach is holistic and comparative approach aiming to help design/redesign the relevant strategy of the organization.

Changing trend in business-NGO-government relations will also be explored in order to understand to contribution of collective actions to creating shared values. 


Learning Outcomes: 

 At the end of the course students will have a better understanding of the complexity of competitiveness, its (hard and softer) determinants and will be empowered to design/redesign the strategy of their organizations.

One of our course’ s differentiating point is that ourThe diagnosis and later the proposed therapy developed during this course combines the core, hard (mostly economic) determinants with business integrity and leadership. (Wide range of set of aggregate indices is available to measure the actual level and the potential of the performance and the contribution of the different factors.)


The course assessment will be based on class participation (30%), team projects (60%) and individual blogs (10%). Teams of maximum 5 people are required to provide a cluster analysis by the end of the course. Team papers will apply (not prove or disprove) the concepts used throughout the course and provide an analysis of a selected cluster.  Throughout this exercise students will learn to use the right data and prioritize them in order to make an analysis on the basis of the framework provided during the course. Team papers should provide new interesting insights into the operation of a cluster. Both the content and the process (number of consultations, timeliness, preparedness, number on interviews, etc.) will be part of the evaluation of team papers. Guidelines for the teamwork will be shared on the first meeting

 Teamwork                                                                                60 points

Interactive Class participation                                              30 points

Short blog                                                                                10 points

Maximum total                                                                      100 points


- non MBA students max. 10  (in order they have registered)

- Business Economics: Micro; Business Economics: Macro courses