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Título: Boundary decisions of the firm: make, buy, cooperate
Autor: Sousa, Filipe Jorge Moreira de
Palavras-chave: Make-or-buy-or-cooperate decisions
Vertical boundaries
Nature
Scope
Theories of the firm
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Centro de Ciências Sociais
Data: 2014
Citação: Sousa, F. (2014), “Boundary decisions of the firm: make, buy, cooperate”, IMP Journal, 8 (1), pp. 14-21.
Resumo: Firms are not atomistic hierarchies only linked with one another at arm’s-length distance in markets. Instead, a myriad of long-lived, highly cooperative relationships between suppliers and customers are pervasively found in the B2B world. And it is within those enmeshed relationships and networks that the co-evolution of capabilities and business specialisms is brought about and developed. If that is the actual ‘topography’ of the business landscape, then the coordination of economic activities in general, and the boundary decisions of each and every firm in particular, are unlikely to be reduced to a (dual) choice between ‘making’ or ‘buying’. Inter-firm cooperation is in itself a third governance structure, in alternative to the hierarchical and the market modes of coordination. And, what is also equally important to note, it is through the make-or-buy-or-cooperate decisions that the (embedded) firm is able to change its nature and scope, redefine its (fuzzy) boundaries, and thus adapt to an ever-changing business setting.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.13/820
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