Teaching

The Martin Prosperity Institute delivers several courses through the Rotman School of Management and the Urban Studies Program at Innis College, both at the University of Toronto. Students who wish to enroll  in these courses may do so via the faculty hosting the course.

For more information, contact kimberly.silk @ rotman.utoronto.ca.

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RSM2082: Prosperity & Competitiveness

Instructor: Professor Richard Florida
Offered by the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Fall 2013 term; Mondays, 4:20-6:20pm
View the course LibGuide

Summary:

Geography and business locations play increasingly important roles in corporate strategy and performance. Communities provide access to key customers and end-users; talent and innovation; specialized infrastructure and clusters of firms. Location matters greatly to business performance, but selecting a suitable location is no longer a simple matter of cost.  The world is spiky: depending on your industry or line of business, key assets and resources are likely to be concentrated in certain locations across the world.

Business leaders, managers and entrepreneurs need to understand how to evaluate locational assets and determine where to locate different business functions. At the same time, these same leaders also need to understand how to best relate to the communities in which they are located.

This course will impart this understanding of the role of location in business performance through the use of case studies, core concepts and findings from more than three decades of my own research and extensive experience working with companies, nations, regions and cities. The course integrates academic theory and real-world examples of the forces that shape business location, business competitiveness and community prosperity.  Its basic aim is to help you better understand the powerful role of geography and location and help you make better location decisions in both your professional and personal life.

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INI336: Creative Cities

Instructor: Professor Kevin Stolarick
Offered by the Urban Studies Program, University of Toronto
Fall term; Thursdays, 3:10-5:10pm
View the course LibGuide (not offered in 2013)

Summary:

A prominent thesis in the fields of planning and economic geography is that the concentration of creative occupations in a city correlates positively with the overall health of urban regions.  This course will investigate the nature of this link from theoretical and empirical perspectives and examine its potential usefulness in a planning/policy context.

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INI433: Creative Cities Practicum

Instructor: Professor Kevin Stolarick
Offered by the Urban Studies Program, University of Toronto
Spring 2014 term; Thursdays, 3:10-5:10pm
View the course LibGuide

Summary:

Building on INI336H1F, this course will look at the practical applications of creative class theory in real-life situations. Students will participate in project-based work to explore how a specific city has developed and implemented strategies to attract creative workers and increase the concentration of creative occupations in their region.  We will use the city of Toronto as our “base case” throughout the semester. Students will also present information on their specific focus city which will also form a basis for discussion.