The Acquisition of Technology and Small Firms by Large Firms
AbstractThis paper describes how large, typically multi-technology corporations build up and exploit their technological capability by purchasing small, technology-based firms in order to acquire their technology. The frequency, possible causes and economic effects of this phenomenon are elaborated, based on empirical studies of Swedish industry. A new mechanism for trading technology through the trading of small firms among large firms is proposed.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 213.
Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Jan 1990
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Acquisitions; technological progress;
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