Postgraduate Course: Economics of Strategy (MBA) (CMSE11240)
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course provides a basis for the analysis of the economic roles and interactions of the stakeholders of a firm, and so it is an essential aid to the development of strategy and a guide to tactics.
This course considers the use of economics to help managers make decisions with regard to: cost and demand, pricing including optimal mark-ups and price discrimination; product differentiation or cost based strategies; strategy in relation to rival firms; the make or buy decision and vertical integration; diversification and the implications of mergers, and the sustainability of profits. There will be an emphasis on the problems created by lack of information and how this affects contracts and hence control of suppliers or distributors (and their management). The emphasis on the motivational analysis of each party is one way of looking at many of the problems of strategy, marketing, and public policy. The course is therefore of particular relevance to those who need to understand the workings of market competition. This would include those giving advice as consultants, investment bankers or at senior management levels.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Student Learning Experience:
The course uses a mix of lectures and case studies, together with classroom simulations and exercises. Lectures are designed to be interactive and to promote autonomous learning.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| For Business School PG students only, or by special permission of the School. Please contact the course secretary.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Summative Assessment Hours 30,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Individual report 50%
Group Report 40%
In-class quiz 10%
In the group report, students will be expected to show knowledge and understanding of lecturing content, and the ability to use appropriate tools to analyse business cases.
For the individual report, three topics are set from the lecture content, from which students must select and complete one. Students need to apply the knowledge from the course materials to argue for/against the topics that they choose.
||Feedback comprises informal feedback on student contributions in class, marks and formal feedback on group assignments, and feedback relating to individual reports. Feedback is provided in time to be useful in the completion of summative work on the course. Summative marks will be returned on a published timetable, which has been made clear to students at the start of the academic year.
Students will be provided with electronic written feedback for all coursework.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand and critically discuss Marginal Cost, Average cost, Sunk Costs, Economies of Scale their influence on decisions in the short and long run and their relationship to market structure.
- Understand and critically discuss the nature of demand functions, for both differentiated and undifferentiated products
- Understand and critically discuss the role of cost and differentiation advantage in strategic decisions
- Understand and critically discuss issues involved in the make or buy decision including monopoly power and the trade-off between technical efficiency and agency costs
- Understand and critically discuss factors leading to the sustainability of profits.
D. Besanko, D. Dranove, Mark Shanley & Scott Schaefer, Economics of Strategy, 6th Edition, 2013
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Cognitive and Subject Specific Skills:
Development of the analytical skills required in the consideration of complex systems
Development of analysis of cause and effect
Ability to scan a range of scenarios and the supporting information to sift evidence logically
Structuring of arguments both verbally in class discussion and in writing
Interpersonal skills arising from practice in classroom activities and discussion
Articulate convincing arguments in writing
Engage in active debate about group cases
Develop self-awareness through active written reflection
|Keywords||Economics Strategy Markets Competition
|Course organiser||Dr Tong Wang
Tel: (0131 6)51 5551
|Course secretary||Mrs Angela Muir
Tel: (0131 6)51 3854