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George Kenneth Desmond


Industrial organisation : competition, growth, and structural change / / Kenneth D. George, Caroline Joll, and E.L. Lynk


London ; ; New York : , : Routledge, , 1992






[4th ed.]

Descrizione fisica

1 online resource (483 p.)

Altri autori (Persone)


LynkE. L




Industrial organization (Economic theory)

Industries - Great Britain

Industries - European Economic Community countries

Industries - United States

Electronic books.

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Note generali

Description based upon print version of record.

Nota di bibliografia

Includes bibliographical references (p. [430]-443) and index.

Nota di contenuto

Book Cover; Half-Title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Tables and figures; Preface; Introduction; Chapter 1 Structural change; 1.1 INTRODUCTION; 1.2 LONG-TERM CHANGES IN SECTOR SHARES; 1.3 SERVICE SECTOR PRODUCTIVITY; 1.4 MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY; Importance of the decline in manufacturing; Reasons for the decline in manufacturing; Changes in output and productivity-cumulative causation; The role of investment; The exchange rate; Labour costs and productivity; 1.5 SOME POLICY ISSUES; Acknowledgement; Chapter 2 Business goals and behaviour; 2.1 INTRODUCTION; 2.2 PROBLEMS WITH PROFIT MAXIMISATION

Uncertainty Organisational complexity; Employment relations; Organisational form; 2.3 MANAGERIAL OBJECTIVES; The Behavioural School approach; Alternatives to profit maximisation; The divorce between ownership and control; Managerial motivation; 2.4 MANAGERIAL THEORIES OF THE FIRM; Discretionary expenditures; Sales maximisation; Growth maximisation; An assessment of non-profit-

maximising theories of the firm; 2.5 CONSTRAINTS ON MANAGERIAL DECISION-MAKING; Shareholder control; Product markets; Internal growth as a control mechanism; Capital markets; Chapter 3 The growth of firms

3.1 INTRODUCTION The ability to grow and the desire for growth; Determinants-a brief review; 3.2 VERTICAL INTEGRATION; Vertical integration as a process; Cost minimisation; Security and control of the market environment; Bilateral monopoly; Monopoly power; Forces limiting the incentive to integrate; Bargaining power of large buyers; Customer attachments and goodwill; 3.3 DIVERSIFICATION; Motives for diversification; Uncertainty; Growth; Market power; The direction of diversification; The extent of diversification; 3.4 ACQUISITIONS AND MERGERS; Motives of the acquired firm

Motives of the acquiring firm Economies of scale; Complementarities; Speed and safety factors; Monopoly and market power; A market for corporate control; Financial and promotional factors; 3.5 LIMITS TO GROWTH; Chapter 4 Business performance; 4.1 INTRODUCTION; 4.2 SIZE, GROWTH AND PROFITABILITY; Size and profitability; Growth and profitability; Size and growth; 4.3 THE EFFECTS OF MERGERS; Stock market discipline; Mergers, profitability and efficiency; Mergers, investment and growth; 4.4 AGGREGATE CONCENTRATION; Predictions; Evidence; 4.5 THE LARGE DIVERSIFIED FIRM AND RESOURCE ALLOCATION

Quantitative importance of diversification Consequences for resource allocation; Chapter 5 Market structure; 5.1 INTRODUCTION; 5.2 SELLER CONCENTRATION; The measurement of concentration; The concentration ratio; The Herfindahl index; The entropy coefficient; The variance of logs; Assessment of different concentration measures; Empirical evidence on seller concentration; Determinants of concentration; Economies of scale; Sources of economies of scale; Measuring economies of scale; Changes in concentration; 5.3 OTHER DIMENSIONS OF MARKET STRUCTURE; Barriers to entry; Vertical integration



As most economies remain caught in a global recession, that shows little sign of abatement, the importance of maintaining a flourishing industrial sector for the economic wellbeing of a country has rarely been so relevant.Industrial Organisation has long served as a basic introduction to this subject. The book is concerned with economic problems and policy issues that arise from the activities of firms. The authors reject the traditional micro-economic analysis of market structure in favour of studying conduct and performance in the context of macro-economic policy and the environ