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Management and Economics of Platforms (formerly MENI)

Lecture Management and Economics of Platforms

Giulia Solinas, Ph.D., Ambre Nicolle, Ph.D.Lea Holzemer

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.

Online Teaching

The lectures and tutorials will be taught live via Zoom. To access the lecture please click on the following link during the lecture times:

Meeting ID: 993 2646 6264
Password: 80539

To join the Tutorial from 14:00 - 16:00, please click the following link:

To join the Tutorial from 16:00 - 18:00, please click the following link:


  • The course is taught in English
  • Students can choose one of two identical tutorials
  • First lecture: 20.04.2020, Mondays, 10:00 – 12:00 (c.t.)
  • First tutorial: 27.04.2020, Mondays 14:00 - 16:00 or 16:00 - 18:00
  • You can download the lecture materials on the LSF.
  • You can download the tutorial materials on the LSF.
  • The time of the exam has been moved to 17:30
Lecture Link:
Mondays, 10:00 – 12:00 (c.t.) (starting 20.04.2020)
    • Group A: Mondays, 14:00 – 16:00 (c.t.)
    • Group B: Mondays, 16:00 – 18:00 (c.t.)
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 Technology and Innovation I (PO 15)

120 min. closed book exam
24.07.2020, 17:30 - 19:30

Further Information

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