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Management and Economics of Platforms

Lecture Management and Economics of Platforms

Giulia Solinas, Ph.D., Joy WuLea Holzemer, Alexey Rusakov

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: 12.04.2021, Mondays, 10:00 – 12:00 (c.t.)
  • First tutorial: 19.04.2020, Mondays 14:00 - 16:00 (c.t.) or 16:00 - 18:00 (c.t.)
  • You can find further information and material on the LSF page.
  • To access the course material and the zoom links (both lectures and tutorials), please register on Moodle with the course Management and Economics of Platforms ( The password is MEPlatforms2021.

Mondays, 10:00 – 12:00 (c.t.)

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Mondays, 14:00 - 16:00 (c.t.) or 16:00 - 18:00 (c.t.)
Students can choose one of two identical tutorials

Credits 6 ECTS in module Technology and Innovation I (PO 15)

27.07.2021, 16:30-18:30 (open book exam)


The MEP Retake Exam WS 2021/22 takes place online on Wednesday 2.2.22 at 2-4pm

Further Information

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