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Corporate Adjustments and Import Competition in the U.S. Apparel Industry

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This article examines the historical strategic adjustment process of ten apparel manufacturers as they reacted to high levels of import competition. The companies were divided into three groups according to their relative success and a series of propositions are offered linking adjustment strategies to performance. The article concludes by offering a series of public policy recommendations aimed at improving adjustment assistance to U.S. firms facing similar competitive pressures in the future.

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The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support of Georgia State University's Urban Life Program made available to the Institute of International Business for this research project. Their gratitude is extended also to the American Apparel Manufacturers Association and the executives of the firms studied for their generous cooperation. All responsibility for the content and conclusions reached, however, belong solely to the authors.

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de la Torre, J., Arpan, J., Jedel, M. et al. Corporate Adjustments and Import Competition in the U.S. Apparel Industry. J Int Bus Stud 8, 5–21 (1977).

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