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Towards a Post-Structural View of Competition: Three Cases of Horizontal Merger

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  • Michael H. Lubatkin
  • William S. Schulze
  • Avinash Mainkar
  • Ronald W. Cotterill
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    We examine the question of adaptive firm conduct using longitudinal product-level data from three large horizontal mergers in the food manufacturing industry. Our model is grounded in a ?poststructural? view of competition that we deduce from recent writings from the fields of strategy, organizational ecology, and industrial organization. Consistent with this model, we find that the influence of horizontal merger on product performance (i.e., rent) varies with the product niche, time, the specific firms that merged, and dominance of the product, and its market scope.

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    Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Charles J. Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy in its series Food Marketing Policy Center Research Reports with number 038.

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    Date of creation: 1998
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    Handle: RePEc:zwi:fpcrep:038

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    Keywords: Industrial Organization;

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