Economics of Competition and Strategy (ECOS2201)


This unit introduces new and comprehensive methods for the analysis and formation of business strategy. The unit analyses strategies for developing competitive advantages, including product differentiation, cost advantages and product life cycles; implementing incentives, control, firm boundaries, and internal firm decision-making mechanisms; implementing pricing, auction and signalling practices; assessing industry attractiveness and the regulatory/trade practices environment; and managing industry cooperation and conflict. Students are taught a set of tools that they can bring to bear on new problems. Understanding competitive dynamics and strategic thinking are emphasised. Case studies and problem-solving form an important part of the teaching method.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week and 1x1hr tutorial/week


2xMid-semester tests (40%) and 2hr Final exam (60%)

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Unit of study rules


ECON1001 or BUSS1040 or  ECON1040


ECON2201 or ECOS3005

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