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The future of the defence firm: the case of the UK aerospace industry

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  • Ian Jackson
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    The focus of this paper is the future of the defence firm within the context of the UK aerospace industry and its supply chain. The analysis considers aerospace markets and the aerospace industry in the UK before assessing the future of the defence/aerospace firm as a case study. The paper concludes that its future in terms of the strategic and important aerospace industry is uncertain. The corporate governance of the defence firm will have to change to reflect the hollowing-out of the firm as the industry experiences significantly less vertical integration. The emphasis of the future defence/aerospace firm will be on 'buy' and not necessarily 'make'. There will also be fewer independent defence aerospace firms as horizontal integration will occur across air, land and sea platforms as well as civil and defence aerospace firms. Indeed, conglomerate integration may even occur with cost pressures and market forces ensuring that merger activity goes beyond defence and aerospace into wider manufacturing industries and, in some cases, service industries in global markets.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Defence and Peace Economics.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 6 ()
    Pages: 519-534

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:defpea:v:15:y:2004:i:6:p:519-534
    DOI: 10.1080/1024269042000246675
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