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How Relevant is Transaction Cost Economics to Inter-Firm Relationships in the Music Industry?

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  • Jonathan Gander
  • Alison Rieple
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    This paper applies the transaction cost framework to the organisation of product sourcing and development (PS&D) activities within the popular music industry. Two firm types characterise the industry and this particular set of activities; large multinational firms (`majors') and smaller regionally bound companies (`independents'). We find that the Transaction CostEconomies framework of Oliver Williamson (1985, 1999) provides only a partial explanation for the observed hybrid organisational structures established by the two firm types. A more sensitive model can be achieved by including a number of moderating variables drawn from the socially constructed and situationally dependent idiosyncrasies of the assets involved in the PS&D activities under consideration. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Cultural Economics.

    Volume (Year): 28 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 57-79

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:jculte:v:28:y:2004:i:1:p:57-79

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    Keywords: alliances; popular music industry; transaction cost economics;

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    1. Rieple, Alison & Helm, Clive, 2008. "Outsourcing for competitive advantage: An examination of seven legacy airlines," Journal of Air Transport Management, Elsevier, vol. 14(5), pages 280-285.
    2. Julia Hiscock & David E. Hojman, 2004. "Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Coase Theorem Failures in English Summer Cultural Events: The Case of Sidmouth International Festival," Research Papers 200406, University of Liverpool Management School.
    3. Gerben Bakker, 2012. "Adopting the rights-based model: music multinationals and local music industries since 1945," Economic History Working Papers 47507, London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Economic History.
    4. Brinja Meiseberg, 2014. "Trust the artist versus trust the tale: performance implications of talent and self-marketing in folk music," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer, vol. 38(1), pages 9-42, February.

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