MG206      Half Unit
Firms, Management and Competitive Advantage

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Mr Nilesh Dattani NAB5.02


This course is available on the BSc in Business Mathematics and Statistics, BSc in Management, BSc in Statistics with Finance, International Exchange (1 Term) and International Exchange (Full Year). This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.


Students must have completed EC100 OR EC102 OR equivalent.  

Course content

This is not a course on corporate strategy. It focuses on the evolution of thinking about firms and the activity of management and examines firm advantages through conceptual ideas and empirical knowledge. There will be an emphasis on analysing firms as reservoirs of resources and capabilities and topics to be covered will include distinctive capabilities of firms, organisational design, decision making in firms, organisational routines, managerial leadership and the role of ethics. Particular attention will be given to firms in technology-based industries and the management of innovation and contrasts will be made with public sector management.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of lectures and 1 hour of classes in the ST.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Students are expected to produce one piece of written work and to do the weekly class exercises

Indicative reading

A reading list will be available to students taking the course.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.

Teachers' comment

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Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2018/19: 61

Average class size 2018/19: 15

Capped 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Communication
  • Commercial awareness