Lesley Hope, Mohamed Dawude Temory, and Anne Siebert participated in the innovative course ‘Microeconomics of Competitiveness: A Case Study Approach to Economic Development’ offered by Prof. Matthias Kiese and Julian Kahl (RUB, Institute of Geography, Urban and Regional Economics) last year. The course was developed by leading management professor Michael E. Porter at Harvard Business School. It is built around case studies on the competitiveness of countries, regions and firms, as well as their spatial concentration in so-called clusters.
The three PhD IDS students chose the Afghan carpet industry as their case study. After presentation in class, they submitted their paper ‘The Afghan Carpet Cluster: Long Traditions and Modern Challenges’ to the international world-wide student competition hold by the Microeconomics of Competitiveness Affiliate Network at Harvard Business School. The contribution made it to the top-15 with more than 100 universities participating.
This paper analyses the competitiveness of Afghan carpet production and carpet trade with Michael Porter’s Diamond Model. As the carpet industry is well-known for its legacy assets, long-standing history, and skills, it plays a key role for the economic development of the war-torn country. The paper will be published in the IEE working paper series.