Oligopoly and the Disney Company.

Essay by nikmikaveli December 2005

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Oligopolies have been around ever since there is trade. However, it has only recently gained grounds in this age of globalisation. Never before has oligopolistic competition been so fiercely contested across so many industries.

The media industry in the United States of America (US) is one such industry. As a powerful communication tool, the media has attracted many companies but only a handful has grown big. These media giants have dominated the local market and are currently seeking to conquer the global media industry in search of better profits.

One of these media giants is the Walt Disney Company (Disney). Its dramatic growth from a small company to become an oligopolist in the media industry offers an interesting case study.

This report studies Disney's nature of business in the US media market. It starts with an outline of the media oligopoly in the US, which is imperative to appreciate the nature of Disney's business.

Moving on to the next section, it briefly describes the history and corporate structure of Disney.

Following that, the study analyses Disney's nature of business in relation to oligopoly. Here, it correlates the characteristics of oligopoly with the nature of Disney's business.

The subsequent section proceeds to discuss the influence that oligopoly has on Disney's strategies. It demonstrates how Disney develops these strategies under the oligopoly structure to remain competitive.

In the final section, this report discusses the influence of oligopoly on Disney's behaviour. It assesses how Disney behaves and responds towards an oligopolistic market structure.


When a handful of big corporations dominate an industry, the industry is said to be concentrated (McCain n.d.). The concentration ratio (total output from the four largest firms) is used to measure the degree of concentration in the market. Generally, if the concentration ratio...