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La question des frontières de la firme. Incitation et coordination dans la firme-réseau

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  • Bernard Baudry

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Going back to the initial question raised by Coase in his 1937 article, we discuss in this paper the firm boundary problem by analyzing a specific organizational form, the network-firm. We first focus on the functioning of the network-firm, taking a specific interest in the incentive and coordination devices it has to offer. We then show how the functioning mechanism of the network-firm challenges certain insights gained from transaction-cost and incomplete contracts theory, namely the impact ownership can have on investment incentives. Finally, regarding the organization of production, we show that the network-firm must be considered as a specific organizational form, distinct both from the market and from the firm.

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  • Bernard Baudry, 2004. "La question des frontières de la firme. Incitation et coordination dans la firme-réseau," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 55(2), pages 247-273.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:recosp:reco_552_0247
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    1. MAZAUD Frédéric (LEREPS-GRES), 2006. "Change of the First Tier Supplier function and Pivot Firm, the case of the productive organization Airbus (In French)," Cahiers du GRES (2002-2009) 2006-12, Groupement de Recherches Economiques et Sociales.
    2. Christopher Melin, 2013. "L'intégration logistique au sein d'une chaîne multi-acteurs : le cas de Renault Trucks," Post-Print halshs-00879437, HAL.
    3. Olivier Sautel, 2007. "L'évolution de la théorie des contrats incomplets face à la dé-intégration verticale," Revue d'économie industrielle, De Boeck Université, vol. 0(1), pages 5-5.
    4. Vanessa OLTRA & Maïder SAINT JEAN, 2009. "Environmental Innovations and Industrial Dynamics (In French)," Cahiers du GREThA 2009-22, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée (GREThA).
    5. Frédéric Mazaud, 2006. "De la firme sous-traitante de premier rang à la firme pivot. Une mutation de l'organisation du système productif « Airbus »," Revue d'économie industrielle, De Boeck Université, vol. 0(1), pages 3-3.

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