BSc Management (International Business Economics) with Industrial/Professional Experience / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Economic Analysis II: Corporate Development, Growth and Strategy

Course unit fact file
Unit code BMAN31881
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No


Topics include start-ups, firm formation; firm growth, aging and productivity; corporate design; corporate failure, corporate restructuring and turnaround; mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances; vertical integration and restraints; technological change, firm dynamics and sources of market power; economics of advertising.
The course next studies a selection of industries including auto industry, Airline market, retail, pharmaceutical sector, financial market and market for intangible assets (ideas & patents) to explore market dynamics and show how industry fundamentals shape corporate strategies.
Theories of aggregate investment, technological change and modern business / credit cycles are discussed to show how macroeconomic environment shape business activities / strategies. Recent economic data and ample case studies are used to support the analysis.

The course will throughout rely on rich recent economic and firm data to support analyses. All analyses are empirically based.



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Economic Analysis I: Firm Market and the Economy BMAN24431 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
BMAN24421 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
BMAN24431 or BMAN24421 is a Pre-Requisite for BMAN 31881. Only available to students on: Mgt/Mgt Specialism; IMABS; IM and ITMB/ITMB Strategy & Economics Specialism.

The requisite will be Economic Analysis I BMAN24431 
Pre-requisite course units have to be passed by 40% or above at the first attempt unless a higher percentage is indicated within this course outline.



The course is both analytical and applied and builds on knowledge acquired in Economic Analysis I.

The course provides an understanding of start-ups, firm formation, firm growth, mergers and acquisitions and firm decline and aging; corporate design, corporate failure, restructuring and renewal; vertical structure of the firm and the evolving network nature of supply chains, technological change and market dynamics, and industry evolution.
The course provides a working knowledge of the analytical tools of economics both at the micro and macro levels that bear most directly on the practice of modern firms. It helps students understand how fundamental characteristics of an industry, macroeconomic variables and policy shape firm behaviour and business activities.
The course uses a rich mix of theory and case materials and examines recent data on each topic.

Notably, equip students with an ability to use Excel (or R - optional) to analyse firm data in business decision making, use economic theories to make sense of economic data and news, and use their empirical understanding to improve on business decisions and master data-driven business decision making.  

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should be able to:
•    Understand various models of firm formation, start-up development and corporate growth and productivity, and learn issues surrounding financing of start-ups;
•    Understand mergers and acquisitions as a core growth strategy and analyse the processes of firm decline / aging;
•    Develop an ability to use Excel or R to analyse data in business decision making in firms.
•    Develop an ability to make sense of economic data / news in an intuitive manner to enhance decision making in the firm.
•    Understand issues of corporate design, corporate failure, corporate reorganisation, restructuring and renewal;
•    Understand how fundamental characteristics of an industry, macroeconomic variables and policy shape a firm’s growth strategies and decisions
•    Understand how industries evolve over time and necessitate corporate reorganisation / renewal
•    Explain and apply theories of aggregate investment, theories of technological change and analyse the causes of business / credit cycles to draw managerial lessons
•    Understand technological trends and their impacts on various markets

Teaching and learning methods

Methods of delivery: - Lectures and seminars

Lecture hours: 33

Seminar hours: 6

Private study: 161

Total study hours: 200 hours split between lectures, classes, self study and preparation for classes, coursework and examinations.

Assessment methods

1.    2.5 hour unseen examination answering 3 questions from 8 (70%),
2.    Coursework 2000 word essay (20%).
3.    Class participation (10%). Class participation mark is based on in-class online 10 MCQ practices via Blackboard. The mark will be given based on the 5 MCQs practices with the highest marks. DASS students are allowed to submit their answers online outside the class during the same day. Students will randomly be assigned to MCQs. The questions will be based on case studies distributed in advance. 
4.    For semester 1 only exchange students admitted via the Alliance Manchester Business School International Office that take this course as BMAN30611, the assessment will be a 3000 word essay. The essay will worth (90%) and Class participation (10%)

Feedback methods

•    Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab.
•    Online exercises and quizzes delivered through the Blackboard course space.
•    Responses to student emails and questions from a member of staff including feedback provided to a group via an online discussion forum.
•    Specific course related feedback sessions.
•    Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non-assessed coursework.
•    Written and/or verbal comments after students have given a group or individual presentation.
•    Generic feedback posted on Blackboard regarding overall examination performance.


Recommended reading

The course will draw on the following textbooks::

1.    Abel, A. and Bernanke, B., Macroeconomics. (7th edition) Addison-Wesley.
2.    Cabral, L. M. (2016), Industrial Organization, MIT Press, Cambridge and London, 2nd edition,
3.    Mankiw, G: Macroeconomics (8th edition), Palgrave Macmillan

The course comes with extensive, self-sufficient, teaching materials that cover advance topics not found in textbooks.


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2.5
Lectures 33
Seminars 6
Independent study hours
Independent study 158.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Mohammad Salehnejad Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Pre-requisite course units have to be passed by 40% or above at the first attempt unless a higher percentage is indicated within this course outline.

Pre-requisites: BMAN24431 Economic Analysis I 
Co-Requisites: N/A
Dependent courses: N/A
Programme Restrictions: BSc Management and Management (Specialisms), BSc International Management with American Business Studies, BSc International Management.

For Academic Year 2022/23

Updated: March 2022

Approved by: March UG Committee

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