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Technological Convergence: a Strategic Perspective

  • Borés, Cristina

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  • Saurina, Carme
  • Torres, Ricard

The information and communication technologies (ICT) sectors are in a process of technological convergence. Determinant factors in this process are the liberalisation of the telecommunications markets and technological change. Many firms are engaged in a process of mergers and alliances to position themselves in this new framework. Technological and demand uncertainties are very important. Our objective in this paper is to study the economic determinants of the strategies of the firms. With this aim, we review some key technological and demand aspects. We shed some light on the strategic motivations of the firms by establishing a parallel with the evolution of the retailing sector.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Girona in its series Working Papers of the Department of Economics, University of Girona with number 2.

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Date of creation: Jun 2001
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Handle: RePEc:udg:wpeudg:002
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