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Frontières de la firme et de l’industrie : Les perspectives récentes issues de la rencontre entre l’histoire industrielle et l’économie industrielle

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This paper focuses on recent developments of the new business history on a specific theme: the boundaries of firms and industries. Connexions with industrial organisation, and especially with neo-institutionalism, have increasingly appeared in the literature on this theme. These connexions are developed according to two main tendencies which are discussed in the paper. We can show that the first uses economic models dealing with information problems as a benchmark for the analysis of historical facts, while the second offers the opportunity to refine some of the principles of industrial organisation by taking into account the emphasis of business history on a concrete problem of innovative firms and industries: the coordination of productive activities. Cet article présente les développements récents de la new business history sur l’un de ses thèmes privilégiés qui est l’évolution des frontières de la firme et de l’industrie. Les connexions avec l’économie industrielle, et surtout avec les analyses néo-institutionnelles, se sont développées sur ce thème selon deux tendances principales. Il ressort de cette analyse que la première tendance utilise les modèles économiques traitant des problèmes de coordination informationnelle comme des grilles de lecture des faits historiques. La seconde tendance laisse en revanche aux travaux d’histoire une opportunité plus grande d’affiner les grilles de lecture de l’économie industrielle en insistant sur un problème concret des firmes et des industries innovatrices : la coordination des activités productives.

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  • Krafft, Jackie, 2004. "Frontières de la firme et de l’industrie : Les perspectives récentes issues de la rencontre entre l’histoire industrielle et l’économie industrielle," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 80(1), pages 109-135, Mars.
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