Developed at Harvard Business School by Professor Michael Porter
*The course is provided free of charge!
The course is taught using the case method, together with readings and lectures.
The MOC course explores the determinants of national and regional competitiveness building from the perspective of firms, clusters, sub-national units, nations, and groups of neighboring countries.
The case method requires extensive advance preparation by students for each class, which includes readings (cases and textbooks) and research for the final project. A significant part of the course grade is based on class participation.
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The MOC course explores the determinants of national and regional competitiveness building from the perspective of firms, clusters, sub-national units, nations, and groups of neighboring countries. 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 MoC course focuses on the sources of national or regional productivity, which are 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.
The Center for Economic Strategy and Competitiveness is concerned with education and research in the fields of economic growth and development, political science and social policy.
The center seeks to promote greater awareness and understanding of these issues in Bulgaria and support educational and research efforts of students in affiliated institutions by appropriate means such as joint certificate programs, seminars, and research grants.
The ultimate aim of the center is to help develop competent and morally engaged leaders who are active contributors to economic strategy research, policy and practice in Bulgaria, the European Union and the world at large.
The center was established in 2008 as an independent non-profit organization.
New applications for admission to qualify for the Program on Economic Growth and Development will be accepted until October 5th, 2019 - 11:59 pm.
The Economic Development Certificate Program offered by the Center comprises of two major courses. Students who successfully complete both courses are awarded a graduate certificate in economic development.
Attending the courses offered by the Center is, and has always been, completely free. All required reading materials – case studies and academic articles, will be freely offered to admitted students in electronic format through the program’s website.
To apply for admission, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Submit a short essay of up to 350 words on the following topic:What are your career aspirations? How will the Center’s program in economic development help you achieve them?
Include academic transcript from all college and university programs you have completed or are enrolled in (Graduates can provide a scanned copy of diploma).
Submit a recent CV.
Please, note that successful applicants must have passed their second college degree year and at the time of application be enrolled in their third (at least) year.
The list with admitted participants for the MOC course will be announced on October 7th, 2019
The first session of the MOC course will be held at 6:30pm on October 8th, 2019 at the America for Bulgaria Hall at the Rectorate Building of Sofia University. Please consult the last year course syllabus for the schedule and reading list.
* Note: we do not need official university transcripts or diplomas; just a student-provided degree list, course list(s) and grades. We may request that some students present official transcripts once they are admitted in the program.
**Note: all submitted files must be in pdf format.
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