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Competition only an Innovation away?! : a data-driven approach

Lange, Katharina E (2017) Competition only an Innovation away?! : a data-driven approach.

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Abstract:Increasing parts of the everyday lives of many people are determined by data-driven innovations and the service improvements they provide. This generates a great power to the leading innovators. A power stretching from the influence over the consumers’ lives to determining the market structures. Especially fast growing markets like the data-driven one are determined by competition and innovations driving each another. This necessitates a protection of both, the level of competition and the innovative potential. Yet, the question arising in this context is whether there are effective regulations to sufficiently support the potential for data-driven innovations. This question leads to the research question of the thesis, discussing the possible influence of competition law on data-driven innovations. Locating the setting within the Federal Republic of Germany, the thesis examines the existing academic literature as well as the present domestic and European Union’s legislations. The results of the apart examination are combined in the analysis, to predict the influence of competition law on data-driven innovations. This combination delivers a clear conclusion to the research question – by appropriately applying the present legislation, the competition authorities can have an at least preservative, if not positive influence on data-driven innovations.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:86 law
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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