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Estabilidade e difusão de arranjos verticais de produção: uma contribuição teórica


  • Nogueira, Antonio Carlos Lima
  • Zylbersztajn, Decio


The objective of this study is to contribute for the theoretical development of vertical coordination in productive systems, shaping the concept of ?stability and diffusion of contractual arrangements?. Considering the well-accepted statement of efficient alignment between transaction characteristics and contractual arrangement, more efficient arrangements are expected to diffuse and replace less efficient ones. This process can be described by a logistic curve along the time, with potential application for designing strategic alliances in food chains. The coexistence of alternative contractual arrangements is a puzzle in the literature that stresses the efficient alignment and can be explained by: (1) disequilibrium situations, (2) barriers for adoption of new and superior contractual architectures due to non replicable routines and (3) effect of institutional environment on the level of adoption of a specific arrangement. The concept is exemplified by the poultry production system in Brazil, stressing its usefulness for the study of cooperative strategies in food chains and suggesting further empirical studies.

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  • Nogueira, Antonio Carlos Lima & Zylbersztajn, Decio, 2002. "Estabilidade e difusão de arranjos verticais de produção: uma contribuição teórica," Revista Economia e Sociedade, Instituto de Economia, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), vol. 19, pages 1-18, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:euc:ancoec:v:19:y:2002:p:329-346

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    Contractual arrangements ? Stability; Diffusion; Vertical coordination;

    JEL classification:

    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
    • L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production


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