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The theory of the firm and the markets for strategic acquisitions

In: Entrepreneurships, the New Economy and Public Policy

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  • Gunnar Eliasson

    (Royal Institute of Technology (KTH))

  • Åsa Eliasson

    (VitiGen AG)

Abstract

Five problems are addressed: (1) the role of competent actors in the venture capital and exit markets supporting the industrialization of winning technologies in small innovative firms, (2) the competence of the large firm to integrate large-scale operational efficiency with small-scale innovative capability through distributed development work and integrated production and (3) the importance of viable markets for strategic acquisitions, both in making this possible and in allowing a flexible choice for the small firm between growing aggressively on its own through own acquisitions, or being acquired strategically itself. We (4) find that the less developed markets in continental Europe may be a disadvantage compared to the US in ushering in a future New Economy. We finally (5) discuss what becomes of the Coasian theory of the firm when production is constantly outsourced in, or insourced from the market as the relative efficiency of coordination through management and over the market changes. One logical consequence is that the costs of business mistakes will have to be included in transaction costs.

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  • Gunnar Eliasson & Åsa Eliasson, 2005. "The theory of the firm and the markets for strategic acquisitions," Springer Books, in: Uwe Cantner & Elias Dinopoulos & Robert F. Lanzillotti (ed.), Entrepreneurships, the New Economy and Public Policy, pages 91-115, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sprchp:978-3-540-26994-6_7
    DOI: 10.1007/3-540-26994-0_7
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