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Winter School in Davos, Switzerland

“Competitiveness and Economic Development in Firms, Clusters, Regions, & Nations”

The winter school is an eight-day program open to students of business administration, economics, or related subjects at Master’s level.

During an intensive and enriching case-teaching week, the students get to know the drivers of competitiveness and economic success on different levels. They will be prepared for a leading role in business or society and learn to recognize the multiple influencing factors on strategic decisions and to optimally value them for strategy development. The course uses the ideas, concepts, and teaching materials from Professor Michael E. Porter and his colleagues from the Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School.

The course will take place in Davos, Switzerland. According to different reports, Switzerland has been one of the most competitive and innovative countries in the world for several years (Global Competitiveness Report, 2018, Global Innovation Index, 2017). Davos is the home of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, convening every year in January hundreds of global leaders on exactly these topics. The local environment does not only constitute the background for the course, but excursions and meetings with practitioners will provide unique insights into the place. Last but not least, Davos is also one of the best places for skiing on the world, with five winter sports areas and 80 different slopes of 269 km total length. The course schedule makes it possible to combine learning with skiing or other winter outdoor activities.

In this course you will get to know a frame of reference that will help you to identify the factors of competitiveness and to evaluate these factors in the light of international relationships. This will also help you to better understand the many subtleties that can influence the economic success of a country, a region or a company.


Organisational details

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Horlaubenstrasse 27 7260 Davos
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