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Observability, Commitment and Flexibility

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  • Marcel Boyer

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  • Armel Jacques
  • Michel Moreaux

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We show that whether observing technological choices made by competitors is possible or not has significant impacts on the equilibrium technological configurations. Depending upon the industry characteristics, the strategic value of technological flexibility may be either positive or negative, and it is sometimes better to observe than to be observed, and sometimes to be observed than to observe Nous montrons que la possibilité qu'ont, ou non, les entreprises d'observer leurs choix technologiques respectifs a des impacts significatifs sur les technologies qu'elles adopteront à l'équilibre. Selon les caractéristiques de l'industrie, la valeur stratégique de la flexibilité technologique peut être positive ou négative, et il est parfois préférable d'observer plutôt que d'être observé, parfois plus profitable d'être observé que d'observer.

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Paper provided by CIRANO in its series CIRANO Working Papers with number 98s-36.

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Date of creation: 01 Nov 1998
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Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:98s-36

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Keywords: Flexibility; observability; duopoly; Flexibilité; observabilité; duopole;

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  1. Boyer, Marcel & Moreaux, Michel, 1996. "Capacity Commitment versus Flexibility," IDEI Working Papers 63, Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse.
  2. Marcel Boyer & Armel Jacques & Michel Moreaux, 1998. "Better Observability Promotes the Adoption of More Flexible Technologies," CIRANO Working Papers 98s-38, CIRANO.
  3. Vives, Xavier, 1989. "Technological competition, uncertainty, and oligopoly," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 48(2), pages 386-415, August.
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  1. Marcel Boyer & Armel Jacques & Michel Moreaux, 2001. "Bankruptcy Cost, Financial Structure and Technological Flexibility Choices," CIRANO Working Papers 2001s-27, CIRANO.
  2. Marcel Boyer & Armel Jacques & Michel Moreaux, 2002. "On the Relationship Between Financial Status and Investment in Technological Flexibility," CIRANO Working Papers 2002s-14, CIRANO.
  3. Boyer, M. & Jacques, A. & Moreaux, M., 1998. "Better Observability Promotes the Adoption of more Flexible Technologies," Papers 98.505, Toulouse - GREMAQ.

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