Course 2005-2006 a.y.



Department of Management and Technology

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 16
CLEMIT (8 credits - I sem. - CC)
Course Director:

Classes: 16 (I sem.)

Course Objectives

The course examines the role of innovation and technological diffusion in modern economies and then links them to the dynamics and evolution of industries and services. The course analyses the source and effects of innovation and the diffusion of new technologies; the main features of the innovative firm; the relevance of regional, sectoral and national systems of innovation; the role of public policy for R&D cooperation, support of innovation and technology diffusion. Innovation is then related to sectors. The entry of new firms, the industry life cycle and the evolution of sectors are examined.  The main factors affecting the differences in the dynamics, structure and evolution of industries are also analysed.

Course Content Summary

  • From the linear model of innovation to the chain linked one
  • The sources and effects of innovation
  • The innovative firm
  • The diffusion of new technologies
  • Systems of innovation
  • Public policy in support of innovation and diffusion
  • Innovation, entry and industrial dynamics
  • Industry life cycle
  • The evolution of different industries and services
  • Innovation, industrial transformation and international competitiveness

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

Exams will be in written form.
During the course there will be a partial exam at mid-semester. 


  • F. MALERBA, Economia dell'innovazione, Carocci, 2000.

Alternatively, for those students who want readings in English:

  • Papers and readings in English provided at the beginning of the course and covering the topics of the Textbook.
  • Additional readings and material on several topics available at the beginning of the course.

For further and continuously updated information consult the  IEP web site or contact  S.I.D. - Servizio Informazioni Didattica - Institute of Economics - via Gobbi, 5 - Room 313.

Exam textbooks & Online Articles (check availability at the Library)
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