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Bachelor 2019/2020

Smart specialization: enterprise search of regional development

Type: Elective course (Management)
Area of studies: Management
Delivered by: Department of Public Administration
When: 3 year, 4 module
Mode of studies: Full time
Instructors: Ekaterina Islankina
Language: English
ECTS credits: 4

Course Syllabus


The course explores conceptual issues and practical challenges of regional development based on smart specialization. It discusses global benchmarks, highlights most recent policy initiatives with references to the key theoretical basics of smart specialization. The course prepares students for efficient STI management in both private and public sectors, and blends theory and practice by working on a wide range of cases. The combination of lectures and self-studies enable students to gain insight into smart specialization and entrepreneurial discovery process, understand problems and find policy solutions. Students are expected to present the results of their research projects at seminars with invited experts.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • - Forging the key generation of knowledgeable, pro-innovation managers in private and public sectors.
  • - Creating informed judgment for policy decisions to foster an innovative regional economy oriented towards investment in high technology.
  • - Setting standards for monitoring policies and their outcomes in support of innovation, science and technology.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Knows legal, institutional and organizational framework of S3
  • Provides grounded judgments about new position of regions in GVCs and KETs.
  • Describes EDP structure and provides cases
  • Recognises key management principles to ensure S3.
  • Applies S3 methodology and toolkit to assess regional strategies.
  • Knows and presents cases of S3.
  • Provides grounded judgment about sectorial dynamics of Russian regions.
  • Applies S3 approach to regional development
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • B(2)_1. Conceptual basis of smart specialization
    1.1. Smart specialization: from concept to policy. 1.2. Review of key academic papers on smart specialization. 1.3. Legal framework for smart specialization. 1.4.Smart specialization guide.
  • B(2)_2. New position of regions in global value chains (GVCs) and key enabling technologies (KETs): the role of smart specialization
    2.1.The manufacturing context. Global value chains. 2.2.Regional typologies based on key enabling technologies. 2.3.Approaches to finding a region’s niche in the future technologies and markets. Case study. 2.4.Regional benchmarking.
  • B(2)_3. Entrepreneurial discovery process (EDP): from regional priorities to S3
    3.1 Entrepreneurial discovery process as the key idea of smart specialization. 3.2 Stages of entrepreneurial discovery process. 3.3 Leadership and distribution of roles between the state, business and society in the entrepreneurial discovery process. Building trust between participants in the entrepreneurial discovery process. 3.4 Transformation of entrepreneurial knowledge into political decisions regarding future regional development.
  • B(2)_4. Governance structure for implementing S3
    4.1 Determination of or updating regional development priorities: multi-level governance. 4.2. Monitoring and control in the implementation of smart specialization strategies. 4.3 Risk management in collaboration with the regional community and the organization of entrepreneurial discovery process. 4.4 Organizational models for developing smart specialization strategies (case studies).
  • B(2)_5. Operational principles of S3: methodology and toolkit to develop regional strategies
    5.1. The Six Steps of the Smart Specialization Guide. 5.2. Criteria for choosing regional development priorities within the framework of smart specialization. 5.3. Analytical support for the development of smart specialization strategies. 5.4. Methodology for assessing the regional development strategy of the RIS3 Self-Assessment Wheel.
  • B(2)_6. Transformation of regional economy: scrutinizing cases of S3
    6.1. Approaches of Harvard Business School and the European Commission to identifying and evaluating area of specialization. 6.2. Five alternative template strategies for transforming the regional sectorial structure. 6.3. Creativity as a driver of regional development. 6.4. Users’ involvement in regional development.
  • B(2)_7. Sectorial dynamics of Russian regions
    7.1. Focusing regional industrial policies through industry specialization. 7.2. Relevance of the industry specialization of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and regional development priorities expressed in the form of cluster initiatives. 7.3. Typology of regions depending on the number and depth of development of industries 7.4. Management approaches to the budget support of reasonable regional development priorities.
  • B(2)_8. Revision of the course
    Revision of the course
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Домашнее задание (home task)
    PPT defence, up to 15 slides and 15 minutes. Topic – «Assessment of regional development strategies using smart specialization». The task is fulfilled in mini-groups.
  • non-blocking Домашнее задание (home task)
    PPT defence, up to 15 slides and 15 minutes. Topic – «Examples of the transformation of the sectorial structure of the region ». The task is fulfilled in mini-groups.
  • non-blocking Домашнее задание (home task)
    PPT defence, up to 15 slides and 15 minutes. Topic – «Finding a region’s niche in future technologies and markets». The task is fulfilled in mini-groups.
  • non-blocking Домашнее задание (home task)
    PPT defence, up to 15 slides and 15 minutes. Topic – «The cases of living labs». The task is fulfilled in mini-groups.
  • non-blocking Участие в дискуссии (discussion)
    Discussion: "Economic rationales of Entrepreneurial Discovery Process ". The task is fulfilled in a written form individually.
  • non-blocking Тест (test)
    Экзамен проводится на платформах Zoom (https://zoom.us), MS Teams (https://teams.microsoft.com). Ссылка будет отправлена преподавателем за три дня до экзамена.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.15 * Домашнее задание (home task) + 0.1 * Домашнее задание (home task) + 0.15 * Домашнее задание (home task) + 0.15 * Домашнее задание (home task) + 0.25 * Тест (test) + 0.2 * Участие в дискуссии (discussion)


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Audretsch David B. Everything in Its Place: Entrepreneurship and the Strategic Management of Cities, Regions, and States [Book]. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Capello, Roberta. (2017). Seminal Studies in Regional and Urban Economics: Contributions from an Impressive Mind. 10.1007/978-3-319-57807-1.
  • Crescenzi Riccardo and Percoco Marco Geography, Institutions, and Regional Economic Performance [Book]. - Berlin : Springer, 2013.
  • Cuadrado-Roura, Juan & Parellada, Martí. (2002). Regional Convergence in the European Union: Facts, Prospects and Policies. 10.1007/978-3-662-04788-0.
  • de Woot Philippe Rethinking the Enterprise : Competitiveness, Technology and Society [Book]. - Sheffield : Greenleaf Publishing, 2014.
  • Engel Jerome S. Global Clusters of Innovation: Entrepreneurial Engines of Economic Growth around the World [Book]. - Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014.
  • Eric Schaeffer Industry X.0: Realizing Digital Value in Industrial Sectors, Kogan Page, 2017
  • Evans, N. D. (2017). Mastering digital business: How powerful combinations of disruptive tech-nologies are enabling the next wave of digital transformation. Retrieved from https://proxylibrary.hse.ru:2137/toc.aspx?bookid=123228
  • Piperopoulos Panos G. Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Business Clusters [Book]. - Abingdon : Routledge, 2016.
  • Pronestì, Giuseppe. (2018). Life Cycle of Clusters in Designing Smart Specialization Policies. 10.1007/978-3-030-03780-2
  • van den Berg Leo, van der Meer Jan and Carvalho Luís Cities As Engines of Sustainable Competitiveness: European Urban Policy in Practice [Book]. - Abingdon : Routledge, 2016.
  • Из идеального реальному: Что действительно нужно компаниям для применения на практике из corporate governance best practices: Учебное пособие / Вербицкий В.Г. - М.:Альпина Пабл., 2016. - 216 с.: ISBN 978-5-9614-5213-6 - Режим доступа: http://znanium.com/catalog/product/912768

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Christian Berggren, Anna Bergek, Lars Bengtsson, Michael Hobday, and Jonas Söderlund (2011), Knowledge Integration and Innovation: Critical Challenges Facing International Technology-Based Firms
  • Dinc Mustafa Introduction to Regional Economic Development [Book]. - Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015.
  • Kumar, T.M.Vinod & Dahiya, Bharat. (2017). Smart Economy in Smart Cities. 10.1007/978-981-10-1610-3_1.