Course Detail

Competitive Strategy (42001)

Course Description by Faculty

  • Leshno, Jacob
  • Content
    We will apply tools from microeconomics and game theory to the analysis of strategic decision making by firms. Specific topics covered include the sources of industry and firm profitability, strategic positioning, sustainable competitive advantage, the boundaries of the firm, incomplete contracts, vertical integration, strategic commitment, dynamic pricing, entry and exit, network effects, and platform markets. My goal in the class to give students a set of economic tools, and develop a rigorous evaluation of firm strategy.

    The course is designed for students who are very comfortable with microeconomics at the level of 33001. Classes will combine case analysis and discussions with lectures.
    Format
    • Lectures

    • Discussion

    • Case Studies

  • Prerequisites
    Business 33001. Cannot enroll in BUSN 42001 if BUSN 20900 taken previously.
  • Materials
    Articles and case materials will be distributed via the course website. There are two required books. There will be additional optional readings posted each week to the course website.
    Resources
    • Canvas Site Available

  • Grades
    Based on class participation, assignments, a mid-term, and a final. Cannot be taken pass/fail.
    Grades
    • Graded homework assignments

    • Graded attendance/participation

    Assessment & Testing
    • Midterm

    • Final exam (in class)

    Restrictions
    • No pass/fail grades

  • Syllabus
  • Spring 2023Section: 42001-01M 1:30PM-4:30PMHarper CenterC07In-Person Only
  • Spring 2023Section: 42001-81M 6:00PM-9:00PMGleacher Center208In-Person Only
Description and/or course criteria last updated: June 8 2022