Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Business Administration

Advisor/Committee Chair

Raymond K. Van Ness


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.