Students will be required to take an online “open book” exam (60%). Presentations of the preparatory literature will be graded (20%), as will be students' participation in discussions and methodological exercises (20%). The exam will take one hour and students will be expected to concisely answer a given question. Literature can be used but needs to be referenced. During the course, the lecturer will explain the format and the requirements of the exam and introduce students into elementary principles of the scientific method. To pass the course, students will be required to submit at least one contribution to each of the three assessment components.
Minimum requirements for participation include an interest in questions on innovation policy and economic geography. A significant part of literature used is available in English language only. The course will be held in German. The exam can be written in German or English. Some guest lectures may be held in English.
Participants are required to be present during at least two thirds of the classes.
Students' performance in the exam, presentations, and discussions in class will be assessed in terms of critical reflection and application of lessons learned according to scientific standards. These lessons learned include notably theory on economic geography and other social sciences, empirical methods, academic writing and critical analysis of innovation and development policy-related questions. The lecturer will be available to answer students’ methodological questions.
The following literature list provides recommended sources to familiarize students with the primary conceptual foundations of the course. Detailed reading assignments will be distributed among students after registration.
Binz, C., Truffer, B. (2017). Global innovation systems — a conceptual framework for innovation dynamics in transnational contexts. Research Policy, 46, 1284-1298.
Cammett, M. (2007). Business-government relations and industrial change: the politics of upgrading in Morocco and Tunisia. World Development 35, 1889-1903.
Godin, B. (2006). The knowledge-based economy: conceptual framework or buzzword? Journal of Technology Transfer, 31, 17-30.
Haddad, C., Benner, M. (2021). Situating innovation policy in Mediterranean Arab countries: a research agenda for context sensitivity. Research Policy, 50, 104273.
Klingholz, R., Sütterlin, S., Kaps, A., Hinz, C. (2020). Schnell, bezahlbar, nachhaltig: Wie in Afrika große Entwicklungssprünge möglich werden. Berlin: Berlin-Institut für Bevölkerung und Entwicklung.
Lehmann, T., Benner, M. (2015). Cluster policy in the light of institutional context – a comparative study of transition countries. Administrative Sciences 5, 188-212.
Martin, B.R. (2016). Twenty challenges for innovation studies. Science and Public Policy, 43, 432-450.
Pfotenhauer, S.M., Juhl, J., Aarden, E. (2019). Challenging the “deficit model” of innovation: Framing policy issues under the innovation imperative. Research Policy 48, 895-904.
Schmitz, H., Nadvi, K. (1999). Clustering and industrialization: Introduction. World Development 27, 1503-1514.
Schot, J., Steinmueller, E. (2018). Three frames for innovation policy: R&D, systems of innovation and transformative change. Research Policy 47, 1554-1567.
Tödtling, F., Trippl, M. (2005). One size fits all? Towards a differentiated innovation policy approach. Research Policy 34, 1203-1219.
Trippl, M. (2020). Neue Entwicklungen in der geographischen Innovationsforschung. GW-Unterricht, 159, 5-15.