Professional Course

Evolution of Business and Market

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6 weeks
149 USD
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Self-paced Online
6 weeks
149 USD
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Self-paced Online
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Course description

Evolution of Business and Market

Each week is discussed in detail covering topics as diverse as the persistence of merchant guilds in medieval Europe, the historical emergence of the modern impersonal markets, and their promised benefits in comparison to traditional systems of business and the influence of pre-colonial institutions on development in Africa and Asia.

The course also deals with how businesses could overcome frictions of information asymmetry and moral hazards. We first explore the role of networks and hierarchy in shaping traditional and modern business, and then discuss the historical evolution of the firm, from individual merchants and guilds to large multinational corporations. We discuss the importance and limits of formal institutions, the role of trust and cosmopolitan culture, and the impact of communication, transport and mass-media technologies.

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  • Self-paced Online
  • Online
  • English

Who should attend?


Learners should have keen interest in understanding the basics which led to the evolution of Business.

Training content

  • Week 0: Welcome to the Course
  • Week 1 : Evolution of Business
  • Week 2 : Transformation of Business
  • Week 3 : Evolution of Markets
  • Week 4 : Democratized Markets
  • Week 5 : Forces of Evolution
  • Week 6 : India as a Case

Course delivery details

This course is offered through Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, a partner institute of EdX.

3-4 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$149
  • Audit Track - Free

Certification / Credits

What you'll learn

The course is designed with the following specific objectives and learning outcomes:

  • Learn the role of a dense network of relationships in Traditional Business.
  • Understand the formalization of business over time from craft guilds to formal markets.
  • Describe how the social structure of a society affects the growth of the market.
  • Explain a historical perspective of how markets evolve.
  • Analyse various policies of business and market; role of institutions, cultural ingredients, and technology in the development process.
  • Study of the economy focusing exclusively on India.

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