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Testing Organizational Economics Theories of Vertical Integration

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  • Lajili, Kaouthar

    (U of Ottawa)

  • Madunic, Marko

    (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

  • Mahoney, Joseph T.

    (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Abstract

This paper classifies empirical research on vertical integration under four approaches--value-added-to-sales, qualitative-quantitative, input-output and microanalytic. The emphasis here is on the microanalytic approach which has accumulated the most systematic evidence to support its theoretical propositions. In particular, this paper emphasizes theoretical and empirical contributions from organizational economics (especially transaction costs and agency theories) for both vertical integration and (vertical) contracting. Limitations and methodological challenges concerning the empirical testing of theories of vertical integration are addressed and suggestions for further research are provided.

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  • Lajili, Kaouthar & Madunic, Marko & Mahoney, Joseph T., 2007. "Testing Organizational Economics Theories of Vertical Integration," Working Papers 07-0104, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Business.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecl:illbus:07-0104
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    1. José G. Vargas Hernández & Mohammad Reza Noruzi, 2010. "The Study of Three Organizational Enigmas; Organizational Economy, Organizational Business and Organizational Skills," Acta Universitatis Danubius. OEconomica, Danubius University of Galati, issue 1(1), pages 68-87, March.
    2. Richard Meade & Seini O’Connor, 2011. "Comparison of Long-term Contracts and Vertical Integration in Decentralized Electricity Markets," Chapters,in: Competition, Contracts and Electricity Markets, chapter 4 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    3. Declerck, Francis & Cloutier, L. Martin, 2008. "The Financial Value of Champagne Houses in a Cobweb Economy," 110th Seminar, February 18-22, 2008, Innsbruck-Igls, Austria 49842, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    4. Moeen, Mahka & Somaya, Deepak & Mahoney, Joseph T., 2011. "Supply Portfolio Concentration in Outsourced Knowledge-Based Services," Working Papers 11-0106, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Business.
    5. Sharon Horsky & Steven C. Michael & Alvin J. Silk, 2008. "The Internalization of Advertising Services: An Inter-IndustryAnalysis," Harvard Business School Working Papers 09-007, Harvard Business School.
    6. Julien Cadot, 2015. "Agency costs of vertical integration—the case of family firms, investor-owned firms and cooperatives in the French wine industry," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 46(2), pages 187-194, March.
    7. Marcelo Bucheli & Joseph T. Mahoney & Paul M. Vaaler, 2010. "Chandler's Living History: "The Visible Hand" of Vertical Integration in Nineteenth Century America Viewed Under a Twenty-First Century Transaction Costs Economics Lens," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 47(s1), pages 859-883, July.

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