MG206      Half Unit
Firms, Management and Competitive Advantage

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Mr Nilesh Dattani MAR.6.14


This course is available on the BSc in Business Mathematics and Statistics, BSc in Management, 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.

This course has a limited number of places (it is capped). Students who have this course as a compulsory course are guaranteed a place. Places for all other students are allocated on a first come first served basis.


Students must have completed EC100 OR EC102 OR EC1A1 AND EC1B1 OR EC1A3 AND EC1B3 OR EC1A5 AND EC1B5 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.

Please watch the following video to find out more about this course:


Teaching hours in the LT will be commensurate with a usual half unit undergraduate course.

This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of Lent Term, 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.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2021/22: 66

Average class size 2021/22: 16

Capped 2021/22: Yes (72)

Lecture capture used 2021/22: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

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Course selection videos

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Personal development skills

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