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    Empirical research on the determinants of firms' boundaries has flourished over the past 25 years. This article discusses the progress that has been made to date, emphasizing the intellectual advances made by researchers in this literature during this period. I stress empirical researchers' important role in operationalizing theoretical concepts and relate how success on this dimension brings these concepts to bear on real-life, make-or-buy decisions. I also discuss shortcomings in the current literature - in particular the paucity of research on how variation in firms' boundaries can affect economic outcomes - and point to how and where such shortcomings might be overcome.

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    Article provided by Canadian Economics Association in its journal Canadian Journal of Economics.

    Volume (Year): 41 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 (May)
    Pages: 341-359

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    Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:41:y:2008:i:2:p:341-359

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    1. Bartel, Ann P & Lach, Saul & Sicherman, Nachum, 2005. "Outsourcing and Technological Change," CEPR Discussion Papers 5082, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    2. Sharon Horsky & Steven C. Michael & Alvin J. Silk, 2008. "The Internalization of Advertising Services: An Inter-IndustryAnalysis," Harvard Business School Working Papers 09-007, Harvard Business School.
    3. Dildar Hussain & Josef Windsperger, 2013. "A property rights view of multi-unit franchising," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 35(2), pages 169-185, April.
    4. Cheng, Kuangnen & Lee, Zu-Hsu & Shomali, Hamid, 2012. "Airline firm boundary and ticket distribution in electronic markets," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 137(1), pages 137-144.

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