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The Human Capital-Intensive Firm and Coordination: Redefined Integration and Disintegration

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  • Olivier Sautel

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    (GREDEG - Groupe de Recherche en Droit, Economie et Gestion - Université Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS) - CNRS : UMR6227)

  • Cécile Cézanne

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    (CEPN - Centre d'Economie de l'Université Paris Nord - CNRS : UMR7234 - Université Paris 13 - Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC))

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    The aim of this paper is to reconsider the link between integration and disintegration. We argue that the conception of this link depends on the way one defines the firm and its coordinating role. We focus on studying the human capital-intensive firm. We explain that coordination by this kind of firms consists in coordinating productive tasks. The role of the firm is to coordinate the specialization of complementary resources and the division of labour. We show that integration and disintegration must be differentiated by the tools they give to the firm to effectively govern productive assets.

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    Paper provided by HAL in its series CEPN Working Papers with number hal-00628647.

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    Keywords: Specific human capital; coordination; disintegration; integration; boudaries of the firm;

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