Core Module Information
Module title: Economics of Business Strategy - Hong Kong

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SOE10907
Module leader: Kenny Crossan
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management

Intermediate Economics
SCQF Level 8 Economics

Description of module content:

The costs and benefits of using the market. Transaction costs; contracts; asset specificity. Technical and agency efficiency. Economies of scale and scope. Rationale for diversification. Economics of the five forces. Market structure; structure and competition. Dynamics of pricing and non-price rivalry. Entry and exit to market. Framework for competitive advantage; value creation. Economic logic and evaluation of cost and differentiation advantage. Sustainability in different market structures. Determinants of innovation, evolution and environment.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically explore the vertical boundaries of the firm and understand the nature of transaction costs of the market and the economics of vertical integration.
LO2: Evaluate the economies of scale and scope in assessing the horizontal boundaries of the firm together with the economic rationale for diversification.
LO3: Analyse industry, market structure and competition and how each affects the firm’s decisions.
LO4: Critically assess the dynamics of pricing and non-price rivalry on firms’ decisions.
LO5: Analyse competitive advantage and evaluate the economics of sustaining and originating competitive advantage through innovation, evolution and the firm’s environment.

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SOE10907 Economics of Business Strategy