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Management and Economics of Platforms (formerly MENI)

Lecture Management and Economics of Platforms

Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer, Giulia Solinas, Ph.D., Ambre Nicolle, Ph.D.

Course Overview

Nowadays platforms are ubiquitous and range from social media to e-commerce, payment networks, and operating systems. The platforms operate as intermediaries (e.g., Amazon, iOS, Tinder) in business-to-business and business-to-consumer environments as well as among individuals. The drivers of platform markets’ success are complex, and they can be generally summarized into network effects, technology diffusion, and users’ switching costs. In addition, platforms markets introduced new business models and novel pricing structures, which reshaped both the competition between firms and their relationship with consumers.

The course addresses these fundamental and contemporary issues and organizes around five main questions:

  • What are the characteristics that define a platform market?
  • How do firms design or re-design their strategies to succeed in a platform market?
  • How do platforms’ characteristics influence competition across industries and between newly born and established firms?
  • How do users behave in this new environment?
  • How do the regulators respond to changes introduced by platforms to preserve consumers’ interest and healthy competition?

Course Structure

The course consists of weekly lectures and tutorials. During the lectures, you will learn about the important theoretical concepts using real-world examples, basic game theory, and empirical methods. During the tutorials, you will learn how to apply these concepts to management orientated case studies and how to solve simple game theoretic models yourself.



  • The course is taught in English
  • Students can choose one of two identical tutorials
  • First lecture: 23.04.2019, Tuesdays, 14:00 – 16:00 (c.t.), GSP 1, E 004
  • First tutorial: 24.04.2019, Wednesdays 14:00 - 16:00 or 16:00 - 18:00, GSP 1, A 016
  • You can download the lecture materials on the LSF.
  • You can download the tutorial materials on the LSF.
Lecture Location: Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
Tuesdays, 14:00 – 16:00 (c.t.), GSP 1, E 004 (starting 23.04.2019)
  • Group A: Wednesdays, 14:00 – 16:00 (c.t.), GSP 1, A 016

  • Group B: Wednesdays, 16:00 – 18:00 (c.t.), GSP 1, A 016
Please note that it is not required to join both tutorials. Participants are allowed to choose which Group A or B fits their timetable best.
Credits 6 ECTS in module MM&I (PO 08) / Technology and Innovation I (PO 15)

120 min. closed book exam
Tuesday, 16.07.2019, 16:15 – 18:15, GSP 1, E 120 (Aula)

Further Information

Prof. Dr. Giulia Solinas, Phone: 089 2180 6785,