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The Boundaries of the Firm

Critiques, Strategies and Policies


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Overview

    1. Neil M. Kay
      Pages 1-14
  3. Critiques

  4. Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Neil M. Kay
      Pages 113-127
    3. Neil M. Kay
      Pages 177-198
  5. Policies

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-276

About this book


What is the nature of the firm? Why do firms adopt certain strategies in preference to others? What are the competitive implications of large firm mergers and alliances for government policy? These are extremely important and highly topical questions which tend to be treated separately in most contemporary analysis. However, in this new book based on his original research, Neil Kay shows how these questions are closely inter-related and explores the implications this has for the formulation of corporate strategy and public policy.


Acquisition Corporate Strategy economics government government policy innovation merger mergers Multinational Enterprise Policy public policy research science and technology strategy trust

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of StrathclydeUK

About the authors

NEIL KAY has been Professor of Business Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Strathclyde since 1989 and previously was Reader in the Department of Economics, Heriot-Watt University from 1979-1989. He is author of The Innovating Firm: A Behavioural Theory of R & D (Macmillan 1979), The Evolving Firm: Strategy and Structure in Industrial Organisation (Macmillan 1982), The Emergent Firm: Knowledge, Ignorance and Surprise in Economic Organisation (Macmillan 1984) and Pattern in Corporate Evolution (Oxford University Press 1997).

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