Pattern in Corporate Evolution

Paperback | October 26, 2000

byNeil M. Kay

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Questions relating to the existence and nature of firms have become major issues in economics in recent years. In this major new work, Neil Kay provides original explanations for many individual phenomena in this area. The analysis is set in the context of an integrative framework foranalysing the boundaries and structure of the firm.The book analyses the firm as a complex system in which links composed of shared resources constitute basic building blocks. The evolution of the firm from simple beginnings to complex system is then studied in a number of areas, including vertical integration, diversification, multi- nationalenterprise, joint venture, alliance, network, and internal organization.Neil Kay's analysis advances current theories of the firm and will be essential reading for students and academics in the areas of business economics, strategic management, and organization theory.

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Questions relating to the existence and nature of firms have become major issues in economics in recent years. In this major new work, Neil Kay provides original explanations for many individual phenomena in this area. The analysis is set in the context of an integrative framework foranalysing the boundaries and structure of the firm.T...

Professor of Business Economics at the University of Strathclyde. He was previously Reader in Economics at Heriot-Watt University and also Lecturer at Nottingham and Strathclyde Universities. He has held two Visiting Associate Professorships in the University of California (Irvine, 1980-2) and was Visiting Professor at the European Un...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:October 26, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199242119

ISBN - 13:9780199242115

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Agenda3. Vertical Integration4. Links and Patterns5. Setting out the Framework6. Mapping Strategy7. Diversification8. Multi-national Enterprise9. Joint Venture10. Alliances and Networks11. Complexity and Hierarchy12. Strategy and Structure13. Conclusions

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`Throughout, he uses well-constructed figures to illustrate relationships and structures ... very useful and well-written.'Times Higher Education Supplement