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MWF 12:20pm – 1:15 pm Early Fielding 109

Winter 2017 Schedule
Week Day Date Topic Theory Texts
Week I Mon 09-Jan Introduction: Miller Lite & Anheuser Busch’s reaction Simple Models, Complex Strategies Hotelling
Wed 11-Jan Basics: PC & Monopoly chalk-and-talk
Fri 13-Jan basic models, continued
4pm Economics Seminar
Room TBA
Disrupters in the Auto Industry: Tesla, Uber, Google?
Week II Mon 16-Jan MLK DAY NO CLASS Commemoration at First Baptistdetails pending
Beer Production YouTube video (National Geographic Ultimate Factory)
Mon 19-Jan What is Beer? class discussion
Wed 21-Jan
Wed 21-Jan
Week III
Blogging: Zheng, Watson, Tucker
Mon 23-Jan Beer as a High Tech Industry Ogle Chapters 1-3
first paper due
class discussion
Wed 25-Jan Oligopoly: Cournot & Bertrand
Fri 27-Jan no class in NYC
Week IV
Blogging: Shelby, Parker, Nieman
Mon 30-Jan Discussion of US auto oligopoly Why are price wars so unusual? Smitka-Warrian Chs 1-2
Wed 1-Feb Industry Dynamics Entry, Exit, Scale Smitka-Warrian Chs 1-2
Fri 3-Feb Industry Continuity: The Wenzhou model

  • Huang, Zuhui, Xiaobo Zhang, and Yunwei Zhu. 2008. “The Role of Clustering in Rural Industrialization: A Case Study of the Footwear Industry in Wenzhou.” China Economic Review 19(3): 409–20.
  • Shen, Xiaoxiao, and Kellee S. Tsai. 2016. “Institutional Adaptability in China: Local Developmental Models Under Changing Economic Conditions.” World Development 87: 107–27.
Week V
Blogging: Krasner, Kirchner, Judge
Mon 6-Feb No Class in Detroit
Wed 8-Feb No Class in Detroit
Fri 10-Feb Guest Speaker: Michael Murphree Murphree, Michael, and Dan Breznitz. 2017. A New Take on Economic Development in China’s Pearl River Delta. University of South Carolina and University of Toronto. Working paper.
Week VI
Blogging: Jones, Embrey, Ellis
Mon 13-Feb Discussion of Murphree
Vertical Issues: Double Marginalization
Wed 15-Feb Horizontal Issues Are Mergers Sensible?
Fri 17-Feb Deterrence: Fringe Firms, Capacity Strategies 2×2 Games
Washington Break
Week VII
Blogging: Childress, Bannister, Aeschliman
Mon 27-Feb Price Discrimination Pure Cases
Wed 1-Mar Price Discrimination Self-Selection
Fri 3-Mar Price Discrimination Bundling
Blogging: Zheng, Watson, Tucker
Mon 6-Mar Advertising Informative? Persuasive?
Wed 8-Mar Advertising Elasticities & Models
Fri 10-Mar Advertising Beer & Autos: PD? read relevant beer & auto book portions!
Week IX
Blogging: Shelby, Parker, Niemann
Mon 13-Mar Discussion Beer Paper Due
Wed 15-Mar Innovation: Science vs Invention vs … The Photoelectric Effect Case Study
Fri 17-Mar SSA! no class
Week X
Blogging: Krasner, Kirchner, Judge
Mon 20-Mar Technology Models Turnkey Projects: Tacit Knowledge vs Blueprints
Wed 22-Mar Innovation: Push vs Pull discussion: EOS? shifts in MC? sources entry/exit? Smitka-Warrian Chs 1-3
Fri 24-Mar IPR (I): What is a Patent? Discussion – What Drives Innovation?: push vs pull vs (random) inspiration Smitka Warrian Chapter 6
Week XI
Blogging: Jones, Embree, Ellis
Mon 27-Mar IPR (II): Does One Size Fit All?
Patent Races, Blocked Innovation
Discussion: Technology Management Smitka Warrian Chapter 7-8
Wed 29-Mar IPR in Practice
Case Studies
What do firms actually use? Rick Levin et al.
Fri 31-MAR Standards (QWERTY), Networks
Case Studies
Technology and Strategy Gentex (cont), ArcelorMittal
Week XII
Blogging: Childress, Bannister, Aeschliman
Mon 3-Apr no class in Detroit PACE Award ceremony
Wed 5-Apr Devil’s Backbone discussion with Josh West at DB on US 11 north of Walmart
Fri 7-Apr Disruptive Technologies? Smitka ToTo Paper
Auto Paper due: Technology and Industry redux