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The Adaptability Of The French Armaments Industry In An Era Of Globalization


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  • Claude Serfati
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    The transformations of the French arms industry have to be put in the context of the dramatic changes in the geopolitical and economic environment, or globalization. This paper documents the role of military-related technological programs in French technology policy, and their contribution to the technological performance of defense contractors and manufacturing industry generally. It employs the concept of a French Meso-system of Armaments (FMSA) to describe the set of committed governmental organizations and industrial companies, which are bound up with each other through market and non-market relationships. The paper traces the main transformations of the FMSA that aim at preserving, through adaptation, the intertwined relationships between the state and defense companies over the past decades and in particular in the decade following the collapse of the communist system.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Industry and Innovation.

    Volume (Year): 8 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 221-239

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:indinn:v:8:y:2001:i:2:p:221-239

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    1. Sarah Guillou & Nathalie Lazaric & Christian Longhi & Sylvie Rochhia, 2009. "The French defence industry in the knowledge management era: A historical overview and evidence from empirical data," Post-Print hal-00457550, HAL.
    2. Vincent FRIGANT (GREThA), 2007. "Toward a regionalisation of industrial policy: the case of French aerospace industry in Aquitaine (In French)," Cahiers du GREThA, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée 2007-03, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée.
    3. Cécile Ayerbe & Nathalie Lazaric & Michel Callois & Mitkova Liliana, 2014. "The new challenges of organizing intellectual property in complex industries:," Post-Print halshs-00974973, HAL.
    4. Christophe CARRINCAZEAUX (e3i-IFReDE-GRES) & Vincent FRIGANT (e3i-IFReDE-GRES), 2006. "The internationalisation of the French aerospace industry in the 1990s: a break with the past? (In French)," Cahiers du GRES, Groupement de Recherches Economiques et Sociales 2006-15, Groupement de Recherches Economiques et Sociales.


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