This course considers how firm-based research, education, and training contribute to the creation and dissemination of knowledge and the formation and development of skills, and thereby to industrial and economic development. This course is divided into three parts. The first part theoretically and historically analyzes the relationship between skills development and economic development. The second part examines the role of institutions associated with the formation and dissemination of knowledge and skills, such as research and development (R&D) laboratories, corporate training centers, and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in improving the industrial performance. The third part explores the effects of digitization of the workplace on firm-based skill formation and considers implications of the ongoing process toward “knowledge-based economy” for the nature of work, the patterns of skill formation, and the labor markets in developing countries. This course includes a few field visits to corporate training centers in Nagoya and adjacent cities for observing the actual practice of in-firm human resources development.
Session 1: Introduction
Part I: Skill Development and Economic Development
Session 2: No Class (national holiday)
Session 3: The Role of Education, Training, and Skill Development in Economic Development
Session 4: Skills Development for Strengthening Competitiveness of Firms and Industries
Session 5: Skills Development and Upgrading Strategies for Small Firms
Session 6: Country Case I: Korea
Session 7: Country Case II: Singapore
Part II: Institutions for the Formation and Dissemination of Knowledge and Skills
Session 8: Research and Development (R&D)
Session 9: In-firm Skill Development and Corporate Training Centers
Session 10: Links between Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Firms
Session 11: Non-formal Skills Training for the Poor
Part III: Effects of ICT on the Workplace
Session 12: ICT and Changing Nature of Skills
Session 13 : Effects of ICT on the Workplace, Training and Skills Development
Session 14:Knowledge-based Regional Clusters and Regional Economic Development
Session 15: Final Exam.
To complete the course, students must actively participate in classroom discussions, presentations of assigned readings, and pass a final exam. Grades are based on class participation, presentation of assigned readings, and a final exam.