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TM063066 TMS48 Innovation, clusters and regional development 6 ECTS
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Department of Social Research

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.

General description

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.

Teacher responsible

Päivi Oinas

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Further information

Please see the timetable for the course in intranet: https://intranet.utu.fi/en/units/tse/studying/studies/timetables/Pages/home.aspx