Date of Award

5-2015

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Business Administration

First Advisor

Raymond K. Van Ness

Abstract

The objective of this study is to find out what constitutes a company as a monopoly. There are various indicators which establish a monopoly from other dominating businesses; however, it is difficult to pin-point how one company controls the market over its competitors. With financial and quantitative data, there are ways `to determine how a company may be heading towards that direction. In this study, there were two organizations selected and compared; one which has displayed monopolistic features, while the other is slowly being dominated by its competitor. After carefully analyzing and comparing the two well-known corporations, various inferences were made in the developing monarch. It is evident that Walmart has been evolving into a modern day monopoly, yet due to certain governing regulations the company cannot be labeled as exclusively controlling the market. As a dominating force in the retail industry, it can be concluded that Walmart’s efforts will continue to progress and could potentially lead them into something worth worrying about in the future.

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