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Relatedness and Performance: A Reexamination of the Diversification-Performance Link

  • Ding, John Y.
  • Caswell, Julie A.

Empirical studies of firm diversification suggest the existence of a positive relationship between the relatedness of diversification and firm performance. Using evidence from the food manufacturing sector, we find that this relationship is weak at best and that market share appears to be a more powerful predictor of firm performance.

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Paper provided by Regional Research Project NE-165 Private Strategies, Public Policies, and Food System Performance in its series Working Papers with number 116116.

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Date of creation: Dec 1993
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Handle: RePEc:ags:rpspwp:116116
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