General information

Module title Innovativeness and the Global Economy
Language English
Module lecturer dr inż. Wojciech Dyba
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Human Geography and Planning
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 30


Monday, 11.30-13.00, conference room 103 (Collegium Geographicum, ul. Krygowskiego 10, 2nd floor). 

Module aim (aims)

to present the most important issues in innovation studies, the role of innovativeness in the socio-economic development and examples of innovations changing the World.

to explore economic globalization via examination of the role of transnational corporations, states, labour, consumers, organizations in civil society, and the power relations between them.

to understand how the global economy is being transformed through the operation of global production networks involving transnational corporations, states, interest groups and technology.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Language skills in English, allowing presentations and discussions


Week 1 Innovations and innovativeness: Definitions, Divisions and Indicators

Week 2 Theoretical Foundations of Innovation Studies & Effects of Innovation on Growth and Employment

Week 3 The Diffusion of Innovations

Week 4 National and Regional Innovation Systems and Policies

Week 5 Knowledge, Knowledge-based Organisation and the Knowledge-based Economy

Week 6 The Changing Contours of the Global Economy

Week 7 Globalization. Tangled Webs: Unravelling Complexity in the Global Economy?

Week 8 Technological Change: ‘Gales of Creative Destruction’

Week 9 Industry 4.0: Effects of Digitalisation on Industries and Societies

Week 10 Transnational Corporations (TNC): The Primary Movers and Shapers of the Global Economy

Week 11 The Uneasy Relationship between TNCs and States: Dynamics of Conflict and Collaboration?

Wekk 12 Global Production Networks

Week 13 Winning and Losing: Where You Live (and Where You Work) Really Matters

Week 14 The Picture in Different Sectors: Automobile Industries, Agro-food, Clothing, Furniture, Electronics

Week 15 The Picture in Different Sectors: Advanced Business Services, Logistics and Distribution Services

Reading list

Dicken, P., 2015. Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy. 7th edition, SAGE.

Nelson, R., Mowery, D., Fagerberg J. (eds.), 2004. The Oxford Handbook of Innovation. Oxford University Press.

Aoyama Y., Murphy, J.T., Hanson, S., 2011. Key Concepts in Economic Geography. SAGE Publications Ltd.

Schwab K., 2016. The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Random House Lcc Us.

Oslo Manual, 2005. Guidelines for collecting and interpreting innovation data. 3rd edition. OECD, Eurostat.