Leading the Way - BUSN5680
June 23, 2021

About Anti-Competition & Anti-Monopoly Course


反垄断是当前经济形势下的一个热门商业问题。本课程重点关注欧洲、美国和亚洲备受瞩目的反竞争和反垄断案件,以分析其影响。同时讨论商业道德,白领犯罪和中国的反不正当竞争法等相关问题。本课程全部采用真实案例,将历史法规应用到当今的全球经济中,以加深对反垄断活动的了解,从而培养学生在商业决策中具备更广阔的视角和更高的道德水准。


June 23, 2021

Rick Foristel, Director of Webster University China


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A couple of weeks after the last class of our Anti-Competition & Anti-Monopoly course, I talked to the instructor, Dr. Tim Klatte, about the class’s importance during the 2021 Fall 2 Semester. He recounted early in the class that Alibaba had been reprimanded by China's SAMR (State Administration for Market Supervision) for being anti-competitive.  


“The official announcement of the penalty came at 9am on Saturday, April 10th – just 30 minutes after the class started. Students were scrambling on their phones, whispering at the landmark fine, and at that time, I knew I had to change the lesson plan and talk about this in real-time with everyone – SAMR had just announced a US$2.8 billion fine against Alibaba for its anti-competitive practices,” Dr. Klatte said, continuing – “SAMR has developed a clear approach to combatting monopolistic behavior, and the US$2.8 Billion enforcement against Alibaba in April is a shot across the bow that it’s not only not tolerated but will be dealt with expediently.”


Dr. Klatte points out that the U.S. Congress created the original Sherman Anti-trust Act in 1890 to promote competition & protect consumers, assuring that the consumers get high quality and reasonable prices with options. When more makers and sellers enter the market, consumers benefit from choice and innovative products and services.  Since the Sherman Act was introduced, other iterations have matured the anti-monopoly law, such as the Clayton Act and the Federal Trade Commission.


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In China, SAMR has warned other highly successful companies in the tech area of Beijing, including Tencent and housing platforms Lianjia and Beike.  Tencent developed itself from communications roots, that is, social media and gaming, but it looks like Berkshire Hathaway, but focused on e-commerce applications.  


China's giant e-commerce market could not operate without packers, pickers, and delivery drivers. Different sources estimate there are between 4-6 million people are just delivering. Most of these workers leave rural areas of China to deliver packages and food in the large cities. Alibaba and Tencent-invested companies own nearly 100% of the delivery market. Drivers are paid poorly, live in marginal housing, have no health insurance, and are badgered to deliver more quickly.  


Anti-competition comes into play when there are few choices available to workers to find better conditions.  Bad conditions are another form of monopoly.


Again from Dr. Klatte.  "Our iMBA students, having a deep appreciation of anti-monopoly history, knowing the significant events, and understanding the logic behind the decisions allow them to apply and discuss the impact on today's market in China intelligently. BUSN5680 provides a structured and easy-to-understand approach to an often-complicated topic. Using case studies, such as the Microsoft Anti-Trust case, with real-time news in China is a well-rounded approach.”  

 

Dr. Tim Klatte, Webster Ajunct Professor, Partner and Head of Forensic Advisory Services of Grant Thornton Shanghai

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From the Sherman Act in 1890 until today, the focus on Anti-Monopoly enforcements has increased globally, even reaching the shores of China during the past 2-3 decades. The last 130 years has witnessed anti-trust activity across all industries and geographies.

 

In China, SAMR (State Administration for Market Supervision) has developed a clear approach to combatting monopolistic behavior, and the US$2.8 Billion enforcement against Alibaba in April is a shot across the bow that it's not only not tolerated but will be dealt with expediently.

 

For the iMBA students, having a deep appreciation of anti-monopoly history, knowing the significant events, and understanding the logic behind the decisions allow them to apply and discuss intelligently the impact on today’s market in China. BUSN5680 provides a structured and easy-to-understand approach an often complicated topic. Using case studies, such as the Microsoft Anti-Trust case, with real-time news in China is a well-rounded approach.


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iMBA students' feedbacks


梁明 2019年级iMBA学员 辉瑞亚洲制药有限公司  高级人力资源经理 

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很有幸在今年的选修课中学习了Tim Klatte教授讲授的反垄断课程,这次已经是第二次跟随Tim 教授学习了。在2019年,曾跟随Tim教授学习过全球化课程。Tim 教授的授课特点是治学严谨,教案准备相当充分,课堂知识点讲解精辟,知识理解和案例分析穿插,课堂讨论和小组合作分享相结合。课程从反垄断的历史起源出发,将政府立法、管控和时事相融合,延伸到企业并购、知识产权保护、合规和反腐败,形成立体的知识体系。近年来,国家反垄断大戏不断上演,群众们看得好不热闹。在这样的历史背景下,学习反垄断课程很有裨益,使我们对当前的反垄断案件有了深入的认识和理解,也让我们不断反思企业经营和管理。


 

曾啸虎 2019年级iMBA学员 辉瑞亚洲制药有限公司纽迪希亚(无锡)制药有限公司 品类采购经理

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在上学期学习反垄断课程之前,反垄断与我来说是一个庞大的且与个人相关性不大的课题。然而,从过年的电影票水涨船高,到买根葱都被BAT等科技巨头包围,我才深刻体会到反垄断这个课题其实是关乎到每个人的切身利益。Tim教授诙谐幽默深入浅出的教学风格,充分发挥了我们学习的主观能动性,在课堂上学习了现有的反垄断理论和实践,以及讨论该领域正在出现的各种案例。不仅如此,我们还深入分析反垄断的相关问题,例如商业道德、白领犯罪、吹哨人等。最后引用人民日报的那句话:不要总惦记着小商小贩手里的那几棵白菜,真正的科技创新才是星辰大海!

  

徐浩然,Rittal China 区域经理

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2020年疫情使我们生活的面貌发生了变化,我们面对生活的态度随之改变。或思考、或行动。在机缘和计划的促使下,我进入了上财大商学院,我原本以为研究生的学习是我最大的改变,没想到课程的影响更甚。


随着基础课程的加深,逐渐进入到了核心课程和选修课程。运气使然,我选到了会说“河南话”的美国教授Tim的《反垄断》课程。轻松愉快、普通话、河南话和英文交错的课堂中,我们深深的体会到了“反垄断”不仅仅是高谈阔论的高端话题,而是穿插我们每个人息息相关的生活中,而且未来将会越来越紧密。辩论、团队作业、演讲作业对知识点的贯通无比流畅,让我更加对这位“中国通”的美国教授佩服万分。尤其是期末考试的最后看图选教授的大题,把Tim教授美式幽默突出的淋漓尽致。这是一门非常有趣、生动的课程,师弟师妹一定要把握好选Tim教授课程的机会哦。


 

 

 

 



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