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Integration versus Outsourcing in Stable Industry Equilibrium with Communication Networks

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For the selection of a firm's structure between vertical integration and arm's-length outsourcing, the importance of the thickness of the market had been emphasized in the previous literature. Here we take account of communication networks such as telephone, telex, fax, and the Internet. By doing so, we could illustrate the relationship between communication networks and the make-or-buy decision. With communication network technology differing in each type of firm, both vertically integrated firms and arm's-length outsourcing firms coexist, which was never indicated in the previous literature. However, when common network technology is introduced, such coexistence generically does not occur.

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  • Okamoto, Yusuke, 2006. "Integration versus Outsourcing in Stable Industry Equilibrium with Communication Networks," IDE Discussion Papers 54, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
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    Keywords

    Buyer-supplier relationship ; Communication networks; International outsourcing; Vertical integration; Communication; Network; Industrial management; Telecommunication; コミュニケーション; ネットワーク; 企業経営; 電信; 336;
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    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business

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