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Strategic Industry Analysis

Archive StampProseminar Strategy, Technology and Organization

Dr. Jörn Rothe

Note: In the previous terms, this course was offered under the name "Advanced Competitive Strategy".

Course Overview

The aim of this course is to build on and integrate industrial economics, game theory and management strategy to develop a framework for thinking about competition within markets and industries. Game theory provides the abstract theory of strategic interaction, and microeconomics (specifically industrial economics) provides the background on demand, production and market structures. In this course, we discuss the integration and application of these components in thinking about competitive strategy for firms in markets. We will use simple models to clarify the logic of strategic reasoning, and apply this logic to a number of case studies.

Course Structure

The course requires previous exposure to microeconomics and elementary game theory, and is addressed at students who want to see how these concepts can be applied to industry analysis. Simple formal models will be used so that assumptions can be made explicit and conclusions demonstrated. However, to follow the course you only need to be able to understand "first-order conditions" of simple functions.

The course is self-contained. It is essential, however, that participants prepare by reading the case studies in advance. Additional reading material will be listed in a detailed course syllabus.


To apply, please send your CV and a recent transcript to Dainis Zegners ( by 01.12.2013, 12:00.
Students that have successfully passed a course at the ISTO will receive an acceptance before this date. We therefore encourage an early application.



  • The course is held as a block seminar in English
  • Attendance to all lectures of the course is mandatory
  • This seminar does not qualify for a Bachelor thesis at the ISTO according to the examination regulations (107 kB)
  • The number of participants is limited to 20
Dates Monday, 06.01.2014, 09:00-18:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307
Tuesday, 07.01.2014, 09:00-18:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307
Wednesday, 08.01.2014, 09:00-18:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307
Thursday, 09.01.2014, 09:00-18:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307
Friday, 10.01.2014, 09:00-18:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307 
Deadlines Sunday, 01.12.2013 (Application)
Credits 3 ECTS in module M/F-BWL (PO 08)
Examination 60 minutes closed book exam on
Monday, 13.01.2014, 09:00-11:00, Room tba