Microeconomics of Competitiveness: Firms, Clusters,
and Economic Development (MOC) is a university-wide graduate course
offered to students from around the Harvard University community
including the Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School of
Government, and other Harvard graduate programs. The course has been
created in a multiyear development effort by Professor Michael E.
Porter and the staff and affiliates of the Institute for Strategy
and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School.
The MOC course explores the determinants of competitiveness and
development viewed from a bottom-up, microeconomic perspective.
While sound macroeconomic policies, stable legal and political
institutions, and improving social conditions create the
potential for competitiveness, wealth is actually created at the
microeconomic level. The sophistication and productivity of firms,
the vitality of clusters, and the quality of the business environment
in which competition takes place, are the ultimate determinants
of a nation's or region's productivity.
The course has been designed not only for students at Harvard but
as a platform that can be taught at universities throughout the world. The course platform consists of case studies
and other written materials plus an extensive library of video content
that can be used in class including lectures by Prof.
Porter for all sessions and videotapes of case protagonists
including heads of state, senior ministers, governors, and others.
The course platform includes an extensive
website for professors only to assist them in preparing for and teaching
the course, including videotapes of case discussions for all
sessions and audio
tapes by Professor Porter and case writers to assist faculty in
preparing for class. Finally, a course website for
students is available that can be customized by each participating university.
The links shown on the left hand column provide summary information on the course
and how interested universities can participate. Faculty or interested
universities should contact the MOC Program
Manager at email@example.com.