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Management and Economics of Network Industries

Archive StampFoundations of Communication Economics

Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer, Pascal Kober, Dainis Zegners

Course Overview

Industries with network effects are special because each consumer's utility is influenced by other consumers' adoption decisions. For example, having a telephone is more useful if lots of other people have one. As most - if not all - high-tech industries (e.g. telecommunications or consumer electronics) are characterized by strong network effects, a considerable amount of economic and strategic research has dealt with the special properties of network goods in the last 20 years. Starting with the basic principles of network industries, this course gives an introduction into important topics like static and dynamic market structure, product strategies and public policy.

At the end of the course, students should be familiar with the basic (game) theoretic models used to describe network industries and should be able to apply them to real-life situations. Understanding the theoretical background of network industries and using this knowledge to solve management-oriented case studies will help prepare students for future roles in the management of high-tech companies, academia or public policy.

Course Structure

The lecture focuses on problem analysis using theoretical and empirical methods. During the tutorials, students will work on exercises and management-oriented case studies related to topics introduced in the lecture.

Netzwerk LMU Management Alumni

The tutorials for this lecture are sponsored by the LMU Management Alumni Network.



  • The course is taught in English
  • Students can choose one of three identical tutorials
  • The slides for the lectures can be downloaded here
  • The material for the classes can be downloaded here
Lecture Mondays, 10:00-12:00 c.t., Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, Room M 014
(First lecture: 16.04.2012)
Tutorial 1 Fridays, 8:00-10:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307
(First tutorial: 20.04.2012)
Tutorial 2 Fridays, 12:00-14:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307
(First tutorial: 20.04.2012)
Tutorial 3 Fridays, 14:00-16:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307
(First tutorial: 20.04.2012)
Q&A Session Friday, 06.07.2012, 13:00-15:00 c.t., Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, Room M 014
Credits 6 ECTS in module VII (PO 06) or MM&I (PO 08)
Examination The exams are graded!
You can view your exam on Monday, August 13th, at 1:30 pm; if you want to do so, please register in advance by writing an e-mail to Pascal Kober (E-Mail schicken an