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TM063066 TMS48/KVS56 Innovation, Clusters and Regional Development 6 ECTS
Organised by
Economic Geography
Person in charge
Päivi Oinas
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2015–2016 X
Preceding studies
TM4 "Yritys- ja markkinointimaantiede" / Geographies of firms and industries (requirement for students majoring in economic geography).

Learning outcomes

Participants will be able to evaluate various types of spatial industrial clusters as operational environments of innovative firms and the role of clustering in the economic development of cities and regions. These skills are important assets for operations in both private businesses and in regional development policy making. Participants will also learn to critically read, analyse, and discuss scientific articles. This is an important skill at the advanced level of studies, e.g., while working on a Master's Thesis.


Innovative firms tend to be concentrated in industrial clusters. The questions that will be asked during the course are: why is this the case; what kinds of environmental circumstances support innovation activity? This is the topic of a vast academic and policy literature; cities and regions want to understand it to create environments supportive of innovation to facilitate successful regional economic development in the long term; corporate decision-makers and entrepreneurs are interested in it because they want to choose fitting locations for their most dynamic activities. The course will take us through current thinking on the nature of the innovation process and its relation to cluster dynamics and sustainable regional development. Empirical examples are presented from clusters around the world, representing manufacturing, service, clean technology and cultural industry clusters.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Group work
Independent work

Lectures, discussions and presentations or group work (24h, 2*2 h/week)/Oinas and visitors.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
  • In English
Written exam
  • In English

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Assignments (50%), final exam (50%).

Recommended year of study

4th or 5th year II
The course is offered every other year.

Study materials

Articles to be studied as instructed.

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Marketing and International Business
Department of Marketing and International Business
Department of Marketing and International Business
Department of Marketing and International Business
Department of Marketing and International Business
Department of Social Research
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Department of Marketing and International Business
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Economic Geography
International Business
Economic Sociology
Finnish Study Modules
Business Japanese
Business Chinese