Capabilities, Confusion, and the Costs of Coordination: On Some Problems in Recent Research On Inter-Firm Relations

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The arguably dominant approaches to the study of interfirm relations are the
capabilities and organizational economics perspectives. This paper discusses
their merits and weaknesses, concentrating on the capabilities perspective,
which is argued to rest on rather weak foundations, particularly as a theory of
economic organization (including interfirm relations). However, it is
suggested that both perspectives may be seen as part of an overarching
bargaining approach to economic organization (yet to be developed). Both
perspectives have identified impediments to efficient bargaining
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationKøbenhavn
PublisherDRUID - Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics
Number of pages38
ISBN (Print)8778730775
Publication statusPublished - 1999
SeriesDRUID Working Paper

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