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MN30447: Antitrust & strategy

[Page last updated: 23 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework 1 (CW 20% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
  • Coursework 2 (CW 80% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take MN20012 OR take MN20747 or equivalent.
Learning Outcomes: By the end of this unit, students should have an enhanced appreciation of law and the economic issues of antitrust cases and should be able to analyse the competitive and regulatory environment of a case or an industry and its implications for business strategies and competition policy in the wider context. Students should have also developed the reasoning and communication skills required for future business managers, consultants and lawyers in dealing with business strategies and antitrust cases.

Aims: This unit aims to encourage students to critically analyse broad legal and economic implications of corporate strategies by examining antitrust/anti-competitive cases. By the end of this unit, students should have developed a wider understanding of how certain business practices or strategies would be influenced by the anti-trust regulation and how/why such regulatory practices may be justified on economic efficiency grounds.

Skills: Critical and analytical thinking, and an appreciation of the practical application of the theoretical concepts. Ability to communicate the understanding and the outcome of the analysis in non-academic styles for lay audiences. (F/A).

Content: 1. The objectives of competition policy
2. Industry structure, collusion and welfare
3. Collusion detection and remedy
4. Market dominance
5. Merger analysis
Other content may vary from year-to-year to accommodate notable contemporary issues, but is likely to include:
6. Tying and exclusion
7. Vertical restraints
8. Networks

Programme availability:

MN30447 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UMMN-ANB01 : BSc(Hons) Business Administration with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 4)
  • UMMN-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UMMN-AFB04 : BSc(Hons) Management (Year 3)
  • UMMN-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Management with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UMMN-AKB05 : BSc(Hons) Management with Marketing with Year long work placement (Year 4)
Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UXXX-AYB05 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (French) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AYB04 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (German) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 4)


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