This course has been developed in association with Harvard Business School and is closely based on their Microeconomics of Competitiveness module.
This course has been developed in association with Harvard Business School and is closely based on the Harvard Business School 'Microeconomics of Competitiveness' (MOC) adapted to include a regional focus. The mcourse explores not only theory and policy, but also the organisational structures, institutional structures, and change processes required for sustained improvements in competitiveness from a range of perspectives on a regional, national and international basis.
This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201718/postgraduate-certificate-of-professional-development-13809
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About this course
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This exciting new short course is concerned not only with government policy but also with the roles that firms, industry associations, universities, and other institutions play in competitiveness. In modern international competition, each of these institutions has an important role that is constantly shifting as a result of the dynamic business environment. Moreover, the process of creating and sustaining an economic strategy for a nation or region is a daunting challenge. The course explores not only theory and policy, but also the organisational structures, institutional structures, and change processes required for sustained improvements in competitiveness.
This short course has been developed in association with Harvard Business School and is closely based on the Harvard Business School “Microeconomics of Competitiveness” (MOC) module. Elements of the MOC module form the basis of this one, but additionally, a strong regional perspective has been incorporated using a range of experienced and expert guest speakers to show clearly how the theoretical concepts can underpin and inform the practical application.
The course explores the determinants of national and regional competitiveness from a “bottom-up”, microeconomic perspective, and also considers the “top-down” approach. It probes the ultimate determinants of a nation’s or region’s productivity, rooted in the strategies and operating practices of locally-based firms, the vitality of clusters, and the quality of the business environment in which competition takes place.
This course is aimed at all those with an interest in competitiveness. This would include those involved with developing government policy in the area, as well as managers in firms (small and large), industry associations' representatives, and other relevant institutions, who all have a keen interest in improving competitiveness on an individual firm, regional, national and international level.
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100% Coursework – A brief reflective written account of experiences during, and learnings from the course. Building on their learning, participants will consider competitiveness issues from a theoretical perspective and the application of them in a practical context. This can be based on a relevant 'live' issue facing a local company, or on an application of theory to an organisation of the participant's choice.
This course requires attendance on three consecutive days from 9.30am – 4.30pm in mid November 2017. Dates to be confirmed.
Any undergraduate degree
English Language Requirements
International applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University, which is a minimum acceptable score for the British Council IELTS of 6.0 (with no contributing band of less than 5.5) or equivalent.
- 15 November 2017
Fees and funding
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Scholarships, awards and prizes
Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk
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