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Competitive Strategy

Advanced Strategy and Organization in Technology Markets

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Grohsjean, Johanna Glauber

Course Overview

The course provides answers to the question of how firms create and sustain a competitive advantage and has a special emphasis on microfoundations. While the first part of the lecture mainly deals with firm-level phenomena, the second part of the lecture and the case studies link individual behavior to firm-level performance. In the course, I combine theoretical concepts, from the resource-based view over transactive memory system to social network theory, with real-life examples in the form of case studies.


Course Structure

The course divides into a lecture and a subsequent tutorial. Both parts are required to successfully pass the exam. The exam is comprised by 60 minutes questions on the lecture and 60 minutes case study.



  • The course is taught in English
Lecture Combined Lecture and Tutorial (starting 14.04.2015):
Tuesdays, 09:00 – 12:00 h
Location Ludwigstraße 25, Room 021
Credits 6 ECTS in WP-4 (Innovation & Information)

120 min. closed book exam on

Thursday, 16.07.2015 15:00-17:00 (M 018)