Case Studies in Technologies and Industries

Professor Rainer Kattel (coordinator)

This course will focus on contemporary key technologies, mainly on ICT, biotechnology and nanotechnology, and on innovation in contemporary industries. The course gives, first, an overview of evolution, current problems, social and ethical implications, future prospects as well as economic potential of each key technology. Second, the course discusses innovation in contemporary indsuries. Innovation policies tend to over-focus on high-technology companies and R&D in the future technologies. Much of economic development, employment, innovation as well productivity gains are actually created and achieved by the so-called traditional or existing industries (textile, chemistry etc). These industries are, on the one hand, constantly being rejuvenated by new high technology achievements; on the other hand, development and innovation dynamics tend to be highly different from that of the high-technology sectors. The course is taught by practionores and scholars from respective technology areas and it includes quest lectures from leading Estonian traditional industry representatives. The course also includes visits to existing industrial companies in Estonia and Finland.

Philip S. Anton, Richard Silberglitt ja James Schneider, The Global Technology Revolution: Bio/nano/materials. Trends and Synergies with Information Technology by 2015, RAND Corporation,, 2001.
Michael L. Dertouzos, Richard K. Lester and Robert M. Solow (eds.), Made in America. Regaining the Productive Edge, MIT Press, 1989.
Jeffrey K. Liker, The Toyota Way, McGraw-Hill, 2004.
Ashish Arora, Ralph Landau, Nathan Rosenberg (eds.), Chemicals and Long-term Economic Growth, Wiley, 1998.

Credits: 2
Grade: pass/fail
Mandatory: Yes