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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable cities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Given the aims of this degree, through this course the student acquires knowledge in the field of political economy of industry and territorial economic development with particular reference both to company strategy and government policy perspectives. The evolution of the debate and the main theoretical contributes in this filed will be analysed and discussed. Relevant case studies will be studied and offered to the classroom as material for the understanding of “real world” issue with reference to Italy, Europe, highly industrialised and the so called emerging countries. The course is structured in three modules: a) introduction to the main concepts and tools in political economy, economics, economic policy; b) industry, company strategy and government policy; c) structural change, development and sustainability. Teaching consists of formal lectures and classes that require the active participation of students.

Course contents

0. Introduction to Political Economy, Economics, Economic Policy perspectives; 1. Political Economy of Industry and Development: aims, concepts and tools; 2. Company Strategy, Organization, Behaviour, Performance; 3. Territorial development dynamics and policy; 4. Industrial Policy, structural change and Development; 5. Development and Sustainability.


“Attending students” – i.e., students joining lectures with regular frequency – will receive the list of readings to be studied during the course.

“Not-attending students” – i.e., students studying on their own without joining lectures with regular frequency – are required to study the following textbook:

Lipczynski, J., Goddard, J., and Wilson J.O.S., (2017), Industrial Organization: Competition, Strategy and Policy, 5th Edition, Harlow, England; New York: Pearson. (Chapters to be studied: 1,2,3,4,5,6,14,16,17,18,19,20)

Teaching methods

For “attending students”: blended teaching involving frontal lectures, paper-based presentations from students and participation in classroom discussions.

For “not-attending students”:
individual study of the book (see below “Assessment methods for not-attending students”).

Students are required within one week from the beginning of the course to decide whether to be “attending students” or not.

Assessment methods

i) Assessment for “attending students”:

Exam component I: Written exam (multiple choice questions) based on the topics covered during the classes. The written exam will be scheduled for end of the course, and it accounts for the 70% of the final grade. To get prepared for the written exam, students are required to study the course slides and the readings provided by the lecturers.

Exam component II: Paper-based presentations during the course. It accounts for the 30% of the final grade.
Further detailed information will be provided to the classroom by the lecturers at the beginning and during the course.

ii) Assessment for “not-attending students”:

Not-attending students will take a written exam (multiple choice questions) at the end of the course accounting for the 100% of the mark. This exam is based on the study of the following textbook):

Lipczynski, J., Goddard, J., and Wilson J.O.S., (2017), Industrial Organization: Competition, Strategy and Policy, 5th Edition, Harlow, England; New York: Pearson (Chapters to be studied: 1,2,3,4,5,6,14,16,17,18,19,20)

Teaching tools

Frontal teaching delivered with the support of PPT presentations and papers, readings and further material provided by the lecturers. Active participation in discussion and classwork is required.

Office hours

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