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From the Theory of the Firm to FDI and Internalisation: A Survey

  • Valeria Gattai

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    (Bocconi University and ISESAO)

This paper surveys recent contributions on the Internalisation issue, based on different theories of the firm, to show how the make-or-buy decision, at an international level, has been assessed through the opening up of the “black box” – traditionally explored by the theorists of the firm – and the simultaneous endogenization of the market environment – as in the International Economics tradition. In particular, we consider three paradigms – Grossman Hart Moore treatment of holdup and contractual incompleteness, Holmstrom Milgrom view of the firm as an incentive system, Aghion-Tirole conceptualisation of formal and real authority in organisations – and show how they have been embedded in industry and general equilibrium models of FDI to explain the boundaries of global firms.

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Volume (Year): 65 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (November)
Pages: 225-262

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