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Post-Chandlerian Firms: Technological Change and Firm Boundaries


Robertson, P and Gianmario, V, Post-Chandlerian Firms: Technological Change and Firm Boundaries, Australian Economic History Review , 46, (1) pp. 70-94. ISSN 0004-8992 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-8446.2006.00152.x


While the Chandlerian firm has come to dominate large sectors of advanced economies, recent studies have shown that the properties of knowledge used by firms, the dynamic nature of transaction costs, and the impact of information and communication technologies on organisations might reduce firm scale and scope. We present a contingent model of firm boundaries that explains why, as a result of technological change, firms might simultaneously outsource some activities that they had formerly preferred to produce in-house while increasing their vertical integration in other areas. We support our conclusions with evidence from different industries.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:business history • internalisation • management • outsourcing • technological change • vertical integration
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Innovation management
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Technological and organisational innovation
UTAS Author:Robertson, P (Professor Paul Robertson)
ID Code:48263
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Australian Innovation Research Centre
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2010-05-29
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